How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly | NEC Co-op Energy

NEC Co-op Energy wants to help members save money on their energy bills by promoting eco-friendliness at home.  Regardless of whether you decide to make your home eco-friendly to save money, reduce your carbon footprint, or just to find out how simple it is, every baby step you take towards green living is one that will significantly help the environment.

A lot of people might associate eco-friendly living with expensive, drastic, and inconvenient lifestyle changes, but the reality is, you can adopt a number of simple adjustments in your home to shrink your carbon footprint significantly.

If you are just starting out, here are some sustainable living ideas you can try right now.

1. Use LED lighting

The US Department of Energy states that LEDs or light-emitting diodes last 25 times longer and use 75% less energy compared to incandescent lights. Not only will they help you save money on your energy bill, they also have the potential to save the environment.

2. Run your dishwasher only when full 

You might find this hard to believe, but using an Energy Star certified dishwasher conserves more energy (it uses as little as three gallons per load) compared to washing your dishes by hand. If you use the dishwasher, it’s best to avoid pre-rinsing before putting the dishes in and to run full loads. To save even more, air dry the dishes and avoid using the boosted cleaning and heating options. Finally, turn the dishwasher completely off once the cycle is finished.

3. Take shorter showers

Don’t waste time while in the shower just because the warm water feels great. Did you know that an average shower uses around five gallons of water per minute? Taking shorter showers by as little as one minute can help you conserve about 150 gallons of water each month! Keeping your shower under 5-minutes can help you conserve up to 1,000 gallons on a monthly basis.

4. Unplug electronics when not in use

Unplugging your electronic devices when not in use is one great way you can save the planet in a matter of seconds. If you think that it’s too much work to unplug every charger and lamp out of the outlet before you go out of the house, try using a power strip. This will leave you with just one or a few things to unplug.

5. Decorate your home with plants

If sustainable living is one of your goals this year, you might want to consider getting some house plants to decorate your home. NASA scientists recommend them since they are very useful in cleaning the air inside homes and in absorbing potentially harmful gasses.

This fact is backed up by scientists from the University of Technology, which also found that the soil in potted plants to be effective in air purification.

Try these tips on how to make your home eco-friendly to reduce your impact on the environment. The little things that you do every day will go a long way in adopting a more sustainable way of life!

 

Sources:

“LED Lighting,” US Department of Energy, https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting

“In a Thirsty World, Bottled Water Seems Wasteful,” The Water Project, https://thewaterproject.org/bottled-water/bottled_water_wasteful

“9 Tricks That Save Tons of Water,” NRDC, https://www.nrdc.org/stories/9-tricks-save-tons-water

Orwell, R. Wood, R. Tarran, J. Torpy, F. Burchett, M. “Removal of Benzene by the Indoor Plant/Substrate Microcosm and Implications for Air Quality,” Springer Link, Sept. 2004, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/B:WATE.0000038896.55713.5b