Top 10 – Greener on the Cheap

10.  Install new furnace filters.  Your furnace filters are designed to remove dust and dirt that would    damage your furnace’s blower.  They should be changed every month.  The Greener solution is to buy permanent, washable filters which often have a life-time warranty.  The concept is the same, however, so wash monthly.  A clean furnace will last longer and cost less to operate

9.  Unplug appliances when not in use – figures range from 5 to 10% of the nation’s electrical demand is wasted on idle electrical devices and appliances

8.  Install an insulation blanket around your hot water heater.  For about $20 you can reduce your monthly water heating bill by up to 25%

7.  Replace burned out standard light bulbs with compact florescent (CF) bulbs – paybacks range from 4 months to 2 years depending on your lifestyle

6.  Install faucet aerators throughout your home.  Aerators restrict the flow of water through your faucet by means of a metal or plastic screen.  This restriction reduces the flow rate which in turn saves water and dollars

5.  Dial back your thermostat a couple more degrees – up or down depending on the season.  Hopefully you have already installed a setback thermostat.

4.  Only operate your dishwasher and clothes washer when you can do full loads

3.  Recycle if your waste disposal company offers it.  If they don’t find a local drop-off, but only go when you can combine trips

2.  Buy and use re-useable grocery bags. Avoid those, recently in the news, from China that may contain lead.  If you can find bags made from re-cycled material – even better

1.  Stop buying bottled water.  Buy a reusable bottle made out of stainless steel or aluminum and fill it with tap water

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