Wanted to give everyone a refresher of last years post on this day – August 19, 2008.
1. Decorate your home with houseplants. They remove volatile organic compounds(VOC) from the air.
2. Always clean out the lint filter of the dryer. A dirty lint filter causes your dryer to use 30% more energy.
3. Switch from paper towels to sponges. One sponge can last the equivalent of 17 rolls of paper towels. Zap the sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes each week to get rid of germs.
4. Say no to catalogs. Check out the statistics at Bird on a Wire.
5. Save energy and set your wash cycle to cold. You can save up to $63 a year.
6. Try to shave 2 minutes off your shower. Even a 5 minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water.
7. Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use about 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
8. Plug all your appliances into a power strips and turn off the power strip at nights to save energy.
9. Invest in a programmable thermostat. This can save $150 a year on energy costs.
10. Change the air filter in your car once a year. This will help you get better gas mileage, making your travels cheaper in the long run.