Going Green At Home

Published On: June 30, 2008

Here are five ways you can “green” your new home.

1. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs now come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Although these versions cost more than incandescent bulbs, they will
last longer and use 66 percent less electricity.

2. Choose appliances with the Energy Star label. This sticker indicates the machine exceeds federal standards for energy consumption or has energy saving features. Look for the label when purchasing washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dish washers, etc.

3. Control your temperature. Installing a programmable thermostat helps you save money and conserve resources by better regulating your heating and cooling. 

4. Start a compost pile. Reduce the amount of trash in landfills by turning your own scraps into quality soil. Compost kits and boxes are available for purchase. It is an easy way to make difference.

5. Adopt a new attitude. Set the tone for your family that the environment is important. Following the slogan, “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” can really make in impact now and for future generations.