One Room + 4 Green Tricks = Lower Cost Reply

At a glance, lowering costs can seem overwhelming. However by taking it step by step, we can reduce costs with only a few simple techniques. Let’s look at 4 easy green tips for a more efficient and eco-friendly room or workspace.

Power Consumption

In referring back to my earlier post, 3 Easy Tips to Reduce Your Footprint (The 3 P’s Method), our personal power consumption habits may be contributing to higher costs over time. Remember, we never think to unplug power cords like cell phone chargers and computer cords when we’re not using them. Unfortunately, many still draw energy regardless of whether anything is plugged into them or not.  Turn off the lights, the television, & computer  if you’re not actively engaged in these activities.  Even if it’s for only 5 minutes, it’s still a worthwhile practice. 

Lighting 

Upgrading your lights is one of the eaisest ways to lower your power bill (EnergyStar.gov). In turn, upgrades  can be made by using energy star lights bulbs. Overall they reduce heat, lower power consumption, last longer, and ultimately save costs over the long-term. In fact “if every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars” (EnergyStar.gov). Heighten your awareness, and look for the energy star lable when you shop. This label is not just for light bulbs, with many other office and home products earning the right to bear this label.

Recycling

Add another trash can under your desk for aluminium and glass bottles. Do the same for paper. Accordingly,if  it’s under your desk or counter space it won’t be an eye sore or hinderance of organization. Let’s face it, the easier it is to do something, the more likely we are going to do it.

Cleaning

We all do a fair amount of cleaning and dusting, but rarely think to clean air ducts and filters. “Replace or clean furnace filters once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use” ConsumErenergycenter.org. Also, check out these  Top 10 Eco-Friendly Ways to Clean the House from care2.com.

Sources & Additional Information 

EnergyStar.gov

ConsumErenergycenter.org

 Solarpowerathome.com

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