Here are ten tips that will help you easily begin to green your home environment.
1. Use rechargeable batteries and recycle regular batteries.
2. Use smart strips to synchronize shutting down your electronics such as your TV, DVD and stereo etc.
3. 20% of your heat is going out through your windows and doors. If yours are letting in cold air, try caulking and weather stripping the edges or invest in glazed, energy star-rated windows.
4. Instead of paper towels use Sky cloth. One can last as long as 15 rolls of paper towels and are made from 100% biodegradable materials such as wood pulp and cotton.
5. Switch to low-flow toilets and save 0.8 gallons with every flush.
6. Install a 1-gallon-per-minute aerator on your bathroom faucets and save 15,000 gallons of water a year.
7. Use biodegradable garbage and sandwich bags
8. Use cleaning scrubs and scouring pads for household cleaning.
9. Eliminate plastic tableware by using disposable that can be composted (Stalk Market or Earth Shell).
10. Update appliances to energy star models and benefit from the federal stimulus reimbursements. That includes your refrigerator, dishwasher, air conditioning and washing machine. The energy savings are significant, for example, washing a full load of dishes by hand can use ten times as much water as washing them in a new Energy Star compliant dishwasher. In addition, using cold water in your washing machine saves 90% of the energy spent.