It shouldn’t be that difficult to live in an eco-friendly way. Sometimes a significant impact results small changes. There are things that you can get started doing right now, such as discovering a new use for that product you would ordinarily toss. Make a goal of recycling more, and produce less garbage. You can start living green in more ways by adopting a few of the tips given here.
Be sure to maintain your furnace in efficient working order, since its running costs are so high. Virtually all of the energy used in your household is due to household heating, which possibly accounts for 60%. Operating efficiency will be increased by replacing the filter every two months. Reusable filters, which can be washed repeatedly, may really be the best way to go. Their upfront cost is greater, but this is set off by how long they last and they should cost less over time. Proper care of your furnace can be done in a few minutes, yet increase the efficiency by more than 50%.
In addition to having your furnace function more efficiently, have a thermostat that you can program, so you can adjust the temperature. There is no reason to be consuming power when no one is at home, or everyone is in bed. This is not so beneficial for the environment, and even worse for your wallet. You will save electricity, during the nights, or when no one is home, by having set the thermostat several degrees cooler in winter nights, or higher in summer. Program it so that when you are back home or wake up, the temperature is what you want it to be.
Wrapping fiberglass blanket around your water heating system will improve the efficiency of this recognized waster of electricity. This kind of blanket, which is sold from any hardware store, will help keep heat in the heater. You can install it yourself very easily, and pay for it, with your power savings, within the first year. When your water heater needs to be replaced, you should change to one of the new hot water heaters that are tankless. Water is just heated when needed, rather than keeping a full tank full of hot water. This way the earth is helped because significantly less energy is called for, and your added bonus is the savings on your hot water bill.
You may not be inclined to do all of these suggestions, or any part of them, but living a green life doesn’t mean that your life has to altogether change. Begin with what you can or would like to do, but do it right away. Imagine the benefit for your community, if each person followed just one of these changes. Why don’t you be the one who is willing to take the initiative, and get other people to follow along. If you found these suggestions helpful, make sure you pass them on to others.