If you want to do your part for the environment by using less energy but you’re afraid to make your home uncomfortable, make changes that nobody will notice.
Here are a few ways to conserve energy and reduce your carbon footprint that you might not have considered.
- When you use your printer—at home or at work—print on both sides of the paper.
- Invest in a single power strip to tuck behind your entertainment center. Plug your TV, DVD player, speakers and other electronics into it. Then, switch the power strip off every night before bedtime so none of those devices draws any electricity when not in use.
- Wait until your dishwasher is full before running it. And stop washing dishes by hand: That uses up to twice the water and energy as the dishwasher.
- Wash your clothes in cold water instead of hot. That could save you up to $40 a year.
- Lower your water heater’s temperature by just 2 degrees. You won’t notice the difference when you shower. But you will notice it on your energy bill.
- Keep your freezer full. It takes more energy to cool an empty space than a full one.
- Hang an outdoor clothesline. Pull nearly-dry clothes out of the washer and hang them; they don’t need to go into the dryer. That will cut the number of dryer cycles you use.
- Slide your refrigerator a couple of inches away from the wall. Pressing it up against a wall limits circulation behind it and makes the appliance work harder, which uses more energy.
- Skip the hair dryer. You’ll save energy by air-drying rather than blow drying. And your hair will be healthier, too.
10. Turn things off when you’re not using them: lights, ceiling fans, space heaters, the TV, your computer—anything