Most of us like the idea of going green, but it seems to take a lot of extra expense and effort. Time and money are two things the average family doesn’t have an abundance of, but becoming more ecologically responsible is something that everyone can do without going into debt or making huge lifestyle alteration; even incorporating one small change to your environment per month will add up to more eco-friendly living over the course of time. Let’s start with the biggest energy user in the house: your kitchen.
Creating An Efficient Kitchen
Most of us are aware that we should switch the type of bulbs we use in our home, keep our refrigerator coils dust-free and unplug non-essential appliances when not in use. We also know that buying energy star appliances will contribute to further efficiency. However, there are some common, everyday practices that almost every family uses that are actually causing your water and power usage to increase.
Using your dishwasher actually uses less water and electricity than hand washing. Things to remember are to always run the dishwasher when it’s completely full, pre-soak in cold water instead of using the pre-wash cycle, and allow the dishes to air-dry inside the machine, or hand-dry them yourself to avoid water spots.
Simple ingredients like white vinegar and baking soda do a better job of cleaning and disinfecting your surfaces than store-bought products; they’re also cheaper and non-toxic. You can find an enormous amount of information online – including recipes – for making and using your own eco-friendly household cleaning products.
Recycling is a good thing, but the truth is that the average family uses much more paper and plastic than most recycling centers can process. There are several ways to use and dispose of paper and plastic products.
1. Stop buying bottled water. Most of it is just tap water anyway, and you can install a water filtration system on your faucet for less that $50.
2. Use your own canvas bags when you go to the supermarket. Cloth totes are something that many of us have a bunch of around the house already, so keep a few in the car and put them to good use.
3. Use cloth napkins, and glass or plastic, non-disposable dishes and cups. You’ll save space in the landfill, and they’re so much more elegant to use.
You can discover Texas energy tips by talking to someone at your local power company. If each of us does his or her part to conserve, we’ll all have a hand in saving the planet we share.