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Top 5 Low-to-No-Cost Tips for a Greener Home

Download this Sustainability @ Home Guide to find more resources and events that can help you green your home.

Kitchen

  1. Make sure your fridge and freezer doors have a tight seal.
  2. Run the dishwasher in full loads.
  3. Use your microwave or toaster oven to reheat or cook small portions of food.
  4. Choose a pot that covers the entire stove burner to minimize heat loss.
  5. When upgrading appliances, choose ENERGY STAR models.

Living Room

  1. Swap out incandescent light bulbs with CFLs or LEDs.
  2. Unplug chargers for phones, laptops, and electronics. They still draw energy when not in use.
  3. Plug electronics into a surge protector – and turn everything off with one switch.
  4. Install weather stripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  5. Close doors and air vents in rarely used rooms to save on heating and cooling.

Bathroom

  1. Buy a shower timer and challenge your family to take short showers instead of baths.
  2. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  3. Install low-flow showerheads and aerators.
  4. Repair leaks in faucets and toilets immediately.
  5. Consider installing a new toilet; modern toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less.

Utility Closet

  1. Replace your furnace filters on a regular basis (once a month).
  2. DOE Energy Savers recommends turning your water heater down to 120°F to save on water heating.
  3. Only wash and dry full loads of laundry.
  4. Air-dry clothes on clotheslines or drying racks.
  5. Install a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and cooling costs.

Garage

  1. Ride your bike for zero-emissions commuting and good exercise.
  2. Keep car tires properly inflated and aligned – this saves gas and reduces emissions.
  3. Be sensible; aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.
  4. Keep the air clean by not idling your vehicle – it gets 0 MPG.
  5. Organize a carpool.

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