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8 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Green

I know I sound like a tree hugging hippie sometimes with all of my recycling efforts but being green isn’t just good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet too! Why not change a few things around your home and save some dough while helping save our planet?  No solar panels required.

1.Programmable Thermostat-When used properly this can save you around $150 a year. Even better news? They start around $20 at Home Depot.

2. Compact Flourescent Bulbs– These little guys last up to ten times as long as regular light bulbs and can save you up to $30 over the lifetime of the bulb.

3. Energy Star Appliances-Yes this option is a bit more expensive than the rest but if you’re in the market for a new washer and dryer or refrigerator it’s definetely worth checking out. These newer and more efficient appliances save on both water and energy in your home, some use up to 40% less energy than conventional models.

4. Unplug Small Appliances– According to Matt Golden, founder and president of Sustainable Spaces,small appliances such as coffee makers, laptops, TVs and chargers suck up 75% of the energy they use while they are turned off. Plug multiple items into a power strip to make this chore simpler. 

5. Reusable Shopping Bags– Paper or Plastic? Neither please! I keep a few of these in my car and a few in my home. No point in wasting all those ugly brown or white bags when I can carry around my trendy green HEB ones ; )

6. Recycle– If you are in San Antonio you most likely have a recycling service that picks up once a week in your neighborhood so take advantage of it! You’ll save on trash bags, help the earth, and become more conscious of the types of containers you purchase. Click here to see what’s accepted for pick up.

7. Reduce Your Water Usage – Indoors you can try low-flow shower heads and outdoors try and choose plants that are “drought resistant”. These drought resistant plants aren’t only great for the minimal water requirements but they are also generally more difficult to kill. (I have a hard time keeping plants alive..)

8. Remove Your Address from Junk Mail Lists– According to Ann Archer with MSN.com America throws away 4.5 tons of junk mail a year. That’s a lot of trash! Aside from being green, who doesn’t want to stop receiving junk mail?? I love this idea because it’s free and makes checking the mail much more enjoyable.  Go to OptOutPrescreen.com to take your name address off the lists.

Fun Local Green Fact: Did you know that UTSA is currently installing solar panels on multiple buidings across their 1604 and downtown campuses? Go Roadrunners!

Resources:

 http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/16/greentech-earth-day-technology-personal-tech-greentech.html   http://realestate.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=13107876   https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=2121  http://homeimprovement.superpages.com/heating+and+air/benefits-of-programmable-thermostats.html

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