Ecology Friendly Tips For Your Home

Being environmentally and ecology friendly is one of the smartest things you can do for you wallet, your home, your health, and the world that you live in. There are many ways to get more receptive to your environment and conserve the energy you use.

Home, sweet home is the heart of the matter and is a great place to start!

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If you're constantly strapped for cash, it might do you well to think about these extras you don’t use a lot. Doing your part is not only trendy, it’ll help give you more spending power on other things you may not be able to afford at present. Many people are feeling the pressure as prices soar at the pump, on utilities, and at the grocery store.

You don't have to sacrifice a lot to be ecology friendly at home. You just need to be aware and pay attention to the little things that can unfortunately, add up quickly.

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Ecology Friendly Tips for Your Home

  • Pull the plug - Did you know that the biggest energy users in your home are computers and microwaves? How many times have you unplugged your microwave? If you’re not using it and it's plugged in, guess what? You're wasting energy!

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  • Increase efficiency - If your water heater is relatively new, you can help it run more efficiently by simply applying insulation around the drum. Wrapping your water heater in insulation helps keep the energy in it. If you need a new water heater, consider a tankless water heater, which is more ecology friendly and saves space.

  • Your clothes dryer - Dryers suck up and use a tremendous amount of energy when you dry heavy wet clothes, right out of the washer. If you're not in a hurry, run the spin cycle on your washer one more time or hang up your clothes to air dry. If you don’t have a clothes line, use the backs of chairs or throw clothes over the top of your doors. When it’s sunny outside, take advantage of your deck rails. To soften clothes back up after they’ve dried, place them in the dryer for a few minutes to ‘fluff’ them. That softens them back up every time!

    The best times to use your dryer in the winter is during the middle of the day and late night. In the summer, it's early morning all the way.

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  • Energy vampires – If you’ve ever walked through your home at night with the lights off, you may see various dim lights along the way. These lights come from ‘standby’ lights and digital displays on various appliances and electronic devices. Because these devices are ready to operate or receive signals at all times, they act like vampires silently sucking away energy even you are not using them.

    This wasted energy is known as standby or phantom energy loss. They represents a relatively small but substantial percentage of your home’s electricity use (about 5%). However, if you combine homes all across America, it adds up to an estimated 65 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. This extra electricity costs consumers more than $5.8 billion annually and helps emit more than 87 billion pounds of heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, which isn't ecology friendly at all.

    Some of the biggest energy suckers are the adapters that come with rechargeable battery-powered cordless phones, cell phones, digital cameras and music players, power tools, and other electronic devices. Most draw power whenever they’re plugged into an outlet, regardless of whether the device battery is fully charged or even connected.

    Other culprits include appliances or electronic equipment with standby capability (such as televisions and computer monitors), remote controls, and/or a digital clock display (such as microwaves, DVD players, and stereo systems).

  • Call your power company - It's always wise to contact your electric company to find out about ecology friendly sources that may be available to you. Most power companies will come walk through your house (energy audit) and give you some tips on how to conserve more energy. In fact, I just had one done and was amazed at how much energy I use and don't even think about. Most of them are on this page:o)

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  • Use power strips — Unplugging devices when they are not being used eliminates any potential energy loss. To save the time and hassle of unplugging all the components of a computer or home entertainment system for example, use a power strip or surge suppressor that can be turned off with a single switch (surge suppressors still protect against power spikes when plugged in, even if switched off). Unfortunately there are some devices such as battery backup systems and computer network servers must be left on at all times to ensure proper functioning.

  • Check standby power — When buying an appliance or electronic device, choose the model that uses the least standby power. Energy Star-labeled models are a good choice because they use less energy for both regular and standby operation. If standby power is not included on a given product label, check the U.S. Department of Energy’s online database of manufacturer-supplied information.

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  • When not in use - Ceiling fans suck up a lot of power over time. Turn them off when you leave a room instead of leaving them on. I got into the habit of leaving them on all the time. Bad move!

    In the winter you should turn them off for good or only leave them on low settings when you're in the room. I was amazed at how much my electric meter slowed down once I cut them all off!

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  • Clean the lint trap in your dryer after every load. Be sure to disconnect the dryer from the wall and vacuum the hose out every few months. Since lint can build up quickly and catch fire, this ecology friendly tip could possibly even save your life! Also, if you use fabric sheets in the dryer, wash your lint trap with soap and water about once a month.

    To test your lint trap, take it out of your dryer. Hold it under running water. Is the water just sitting there and not draining? Well, guess what? If water doesn't drain then air can't get through it either. Washing it will remove the build up so your lint trap and you'll be able to dry your clothes more efficiently and be a lot more ecology friendly.

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  • Clean your condenser coils - Remove the kickplate on the bottom of the refrigerator frequently (and wash it) and be sure to clean the condenser coils too. You wouldn't believe how inefficient your refrigerator can get if you don't clean the dust/dirt/hair off! If you have pets in your house, this becomes especially important! Couple things to keep in mind:

    Unplug the appliance first!

    Be careful around the freon line. Avoid pulling or tugging on it at all costs!

    If you can't find a coil brush, use a baby bottle brush.

    Dirty condenser coils may ruin your compressor, will run up your electric bill fast, and possibly ruin/overheat your expensive appliance. Maintenance works! It sure beats paying the replacement costs.

  • Watch your meter - Your electric meter is very much like your odometer in your car. Check how much energy you're using by taking a reading 2 consecutive days in a row at the same time. Subtract the two numbers. The number you have left will give you your usage for 24 hours. Then multiply that number by the amount your electric provider charges. (Call the office and ask them if you don't know!) That number will give you your cost for 1 day.

    For example, my electric company charges $.10/hour. If I used 100 kilowatts in one day, then my bill for that one day would be $10. If I continue to use 100 kilowatts a day, my bill would be around $300/month! 10x30=300. Ouch!

    After you take your first reading, go back inside and turn everything off in your house that you can. Then go take another reading again 24 hours later. You will see how much you'll save just by cutting more things off around your house! This tip is very ecology friendly and you'll save a bunch of money!

  • Go solar - Solar power is the most ecology friendly tip you can use! Solar panels will save you a ton of money. Solar water heating systems are also very popular. They are a two-part system consisting of solar collectors and a solar water tank. They are a very popular water heating systems and an intelligent choice for climates susceptible to freezing temperatures.

    These ecology friendly tips can really save your green! Use them every chance you get!

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