10 Simple Tips For an Eco Friendly Home

Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post, and encouraging me to share tips for an eco friendly home!

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Today possibly was the warmest day so far this year and I loved every moment of being outdoors to take in the sunshine.  Bring on the much-needed vitamin D!  While we walked around the yard, the kids and I talked about our spring and summer plans.  Their little eyes gleamed when they talked about picking fresh berries, choosing their fresh cucumbers from the vines and picking flowers actually (weeds) growing all in the yard.

There is just something about spring that gets us excited.  Maybe it is the warmth after the long, cold winter or the green starting to once again emerge, whatever it is, we get our minds ready for the warmer season.

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With the new season now in full swing, this is the perfect time to start making simple changes to live greener.   There are so many things we can do in our daily life that can really add up to make a difference on the environment and our pocketbooks.

10 Simple Tips for an Eco Friendly Home

Change your bulbs – If you are still using older style light bulbs, make the switch to energy-efficient CFLs or LEDs.  There will be an upfront cost but they will pay for themselves in the long run.

Replace your shower heads – Make the upgrade to low flow shower heads that regulate the flow of water, assuring you a more efficient shower.

Change your air filter – Clogged air filters increase your energy costs so be sure to change the filter every 1-3 months.

Install a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats offer you climate control with the convenience of programming away from home.  They not only save you time but also money!

Keep the air in – Insulating and sealing your duct work will make sure that all your heated and cooled air will get circulated in the right places and prevent it from slipping out into wasted space.

Unplug – Did you know that even when devices are powered down if they are plugged in, they still suck energy?  Remember to unplug whenever items are not in use.

Harness the sun – Why not challenge yourself to line dry some of your laundry and give your dryer a break?  The sun will naturally bleach stains and leave your clothing with a fresh, clean scent.

Watch the time – Using dishwashers and washer/dryers at night will not only keep your house cooler but will the reduce strain on the power grid during the peak usage hours of 4 PM and 6 PM.

Skip the plastic – Invest a few dollars into reusable shopping totes and do your part to help eliminate waste.  The key is remembering to bring these with you while shopping!

Plant a garden – Gardening is such a great way to be eco-friendly and be repaid in return.  Even if it is something as simple as a container garden, get your fingers in the dirt.

There are truly so many simple ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly without costing you much out-of-pocket.

What simple changes have you made to have a smart home?

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Direct Energy is committed to helping their customers build a smarter home, and thus cut down on their energy usage – saving the customer time and money.  With their Direct Energy Meridian Savings Plan you get a competitively priced fixed energy charge, up to three Honeywell Smart Thermostats, plus a smartphone app that allows you to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere.  To learn more about creating a smarter home, visiting the Direct Energy Facebook page.

Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for the great tips! I can’t wait for the sunshine to come our way. We live in Maine and it’s been a long, brutal winter with lots of snow. I’m ready to get out in the yard and do some gardening!

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