2012 was the start of going green. 2013 is the natural evolution of becoming eco-perceptive while being economic. More and more, people are coming to the logical conclusion that adding green techniques in your daily life also add value. Here are our 10 top ways to go green in 2013:
One: Shower Power. Some say that baths conserve more water. Others argue showers are cheaper. The truth is, taking a short shower (4-6 minutes) is about half the water of a long soak. Monthly, that can also mean up to 33% savings on water costs monthly. Treat a bath like a special celebration or a splurge, not as a daily ritual.
Two: Hike Down Heating. What’s the best way to keep an eye on your heat consumption? Get programmable thermostats, which means less energy waste. You won’t have to worry about turning it up or down, or whether you turned it off after you left the house. It eases your budget and your mind.
Three: Lessen Lighting. This is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to save energy. Replace your traditional light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs. They have much longer lifespans, they illuminate just as well as regular bulbs- and they use up to 75% less energy.
Four: Shut Them Down. Someone somewhere created a myth that it was bad or ‘unhealthy’ to shut your computer off completely. That’s not true, and the amount of energy for sleep mode over a year really adds up. Add to that the fact that if there’s a power drop in sleep mode, any open files can be damaged.
Five: Smart Strips. Automatic smart power strips are a great way to decrease your carbon output from constantly plugged in products. It cuts the power to any machine that goes into ‘standby’ mode, making it easy to be more energy efficient without the hassle.
Six: Fully Load. You might be used to cleaning when things need to be cleaned, without waiting for a full load for dishes and clothes. Unfortunately, it’s not just unnecessary- it’s wasteful. To increase your energy even more, wash most clothes (the ones not terribly soiled or oily) in cold water. They come out just as clean, with savings.
Seven: Filter Your Furnace. Don’t just get a ‘health’ checkup for your furnace, maintain and clean the filters. It uses much more energy when the filters are clogged, and it prevents your furnace from properly heating. It’s a messy job, but it’s worth it in the conservation run.
Eight: Don’t Idle. It’s tempting in the cold winter months to let your car idle so that it’s warm and cozy by the time you get in. It’s a huge waste of gas and the emissions add up. Your car only needs to warm up for roughly 30 seconds, and it’s ready to go. It’s also healthier for the engine.
Nine: Green Gardening. There are many ways to adapt two simple gardening tips to help save energy. Instead of using bought and processed fertilizer, create your own compost mound. It’s better for anything you grow. Instead of planting flowers, plant flowering herbs you can use for cooking.
Ten: Solar Strength. Solar power and its counterpoint, photovoltaic power, are not just becoming more popular- they’re becoming cheaper to buy and install. They enable you to have ‘free’ hot water and heating, thanks to simple sunlight.
Going green is fairly easy to adapt for saving energy and money in your daily life. Now the only question is: what will you spend all of the leftover money on?