Going green is taking over households and businesses as homeowners and companies are trying to save money, and create a healthier environment. The good news is everyone can take part, and using the following small tips can create a big change!
1. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use at least two-thirds less energy than standard bulbs, while offering the same amount of light. Each bulb replaced can save you $30 over the lifetime of the bulb.
2. Re-use items as much as you can. Wash out and re-use plastic bags, jars, papers etc.. Recycle when you cant re-use. One recycled tin is enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours.
3. Save energy by turning down the heat or air conditioning. Save energy and money by placing your thermostat just a few degrees lower, or turning it off when you are not home. This can save you more than $100 a year on your energy bills, and if just 1 in 10 households did this, the change would prevent more than 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gases, according to the Energy Star Action Guide.
4. Don't use gas. Get a hybrid car, Carpool, take the bus, or walk when you can. this not only helps out the environment, but slashes the amount you have to pay on filling up your tank.
5. Unplug computers, TVs, and appliances when they are not in use. This can save you over $10 on your monthly utility bill.
Try just one of these tips and see how it works for you. Any other energy saving ideas?