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If you want to do your part for the environment, your home is the best place to start. There are many ways you can reduce your energy usage today. Use this list of four ideas to get on the path to eco-friendliness.

1. Install Solar Panels

Energy Saver recommends having a home energy audit conducted so that you can see where your home is having problems losing energy and what steps are most efficient to take. Installing solar panels is one of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Check out your location’s energy potential and consider hiring professionals to install your panels if you don’t have experience or if your home is in a particularly difficult place to use solar energy.

Investing in solar panels and other environmentally friendly home improvements can significantly increase the value of your home. Keep close track of the changes you make, saving receipts and filing them away so that you can accurately calculate your home’s increase in value later on.

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2. Minimize Bathroom Water Loss

While long, hot showers can be enjoyable, they should be a rarity. Keep your showers brief and as mild as possible. A minute per task should be enough, and tasks, such as facial shaving, that can be completed outside of the shower should be. 

Also, consider reusing your towels. Showers get your body clean; towels are for drying off clean skin.  The same towel can sanitarily be used for three to five showers, which also cuts down on the amount of laundry you need to do.

Finally, turn off the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. Once you have your toothbrush wet, turn the water off and save that two minutes’ worth of water and energy.

Bamboo Toothbrush from Terra & Co

3. Keep Your Laundry Green

Laundry can be a huge drain on energy and water, both of which are damaging to the environment. When washing clothes, set the washer to the cold cycle. Only clothes that are extremely dirty require hot water, and by eliminating the energy required to heat the water, the overall energy used is greatly reduced. Additionally, be sure not to waste energy by washing small loads unless absolutely necessary. 

Using an Energy Star certified washer can help, as well. Front-loading washers use less water than traditional agitator models.

Choose laundry products that use minimal packaging and are made from natural ingredients. Our laundry detergent sheets are an excellent option 😉. They’re pre-packaged sheets that are made without the harsh chemicals and plastic packaging common to other laundry detergents. Also, the portion needed is already laid out for you, keeping you from using too much.

Free & Clear Laundry Detergent Sheets

4. Purchase an Eco-Friendly Home

If upgrading your current home is too costly or requires too much effort, consider searching for a new home that already has energy efficiency as a priority. For the exterior, look for a home with solar panels already installed and landscaping that isn’t harmful to the natural environment.

On the inside, check for dual-pane windows that help keep heat from escaping in the cooler months. Automatic lighting that only activates when people are present can also save energy. A garden and composting site can also be a welcome addition to a green home. 

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Doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be difficult. Small steps can have a big impact, especially if everyone takes them, and you’ll rest better knowing you have done what you can to make the world a healthier and happier place for yourself and generations to come. 

Harry Cline

Harry Cline

Mr. Cline is a retired nursing home administrator, father of three, and caregiver to his ninety-year-old uncle, so he knows how challenging and rewarding caregiving can be.

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