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Go Green At Home

Written by: Clay Miller

compact fluorescent light bulbs should be in every room of your house

Bathroom




  • toilets are your home's largest water consumer, so get a 1.6 gpf (gallons per flush) low-flow toilet such as one produced by Toto toilets
  • use less than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute) low-flow showerhead
  • take shorter showers; and do take showers, not baths because they use less water
  • use recycled, chlorine-free toilet paper and tissues
  • unplug items when not in use (blow-dryers, curling irons, etc.)
  • use petrochemical-free care items
  • use CFL vanity bulbs; as in every room in your house use compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • use can use vinegar, baking soda mixed with water to clean most almost everything; these are much less toxic than commercial cleaners

Kitchen




  • unplug items when not in use (toasters, blenders, etc.)
  • repair rather than throw away old appliances
  • use a microwave oven or a toaster oven for smaller meals instead of the oven
  • use Energy Star appliances; Energy Star website
  • only run dish-washer when full
  • use CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) or LED bulbs, not incandescent bulbs

buy Energy Star products


Bedroom




  • use natural-filled mattresses and pillows
  • organic-untreated cotton bedding
  • use CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) or LED bulbs, not incandescent bulbs

Living Room




  • unplug or turn off power strip of electronics (TV, DVD player, DVR, video game console, etc.) when you go to bed at night
  • clean carpets regularly with HEPA filter vacuums
  • hardwood, bamboo and cork floors are great alternatives to carpet
  • close fireplace dampers when not in use
  • use CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) or LED bulbs, not incandescent bulbs

Laundry Room




  • use Energy Star appliances; you can find them here
  • use the cold water setting on your washing machine
  • set water heater to 120 degrees; every increase of 10 degrees increases your energy bill up to 5%
  • clean the dryer lint traps to ensure the dryer runs efficiently
  • when you can, dry your clothes on a clothesline when you can
  • washing machines and dryers work more efficiently when full; this will also reduce the loads
  • use CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs)

Entire House




  • use low or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) wall paint
  • lower thermostat in the winter and raise thermostat in the summer; you can save 3% for every degree
  • natural area rugs and carpeting
  • look into a solar water heater
  • replace furnace filters every month
  • have your home properly insulated and sealed by installing new siding with help from Quality Exterior Services
  • close window shades, blinds and curtains during the day during hot months
  • close blinds and curtains during the night during cold months
  • use Energy Star windows; you can find them here
  • use CFL bulbs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) in every room of your house

raising or lowering your thermostat can make a difference


Lawn & Garden




  • water lawn sparingly
  • don't use synthetic pesticides
  • grow bamboo
  • make your own compost bin and collect organic material and eventually you'll have your own fertilizer


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