Monthly Archives: August 2015

Going Green Starts at Home: Green Living for Everyone

It’s no big secret that with today’s progress and dependency on technology, people are slowly destroying the environment. However, it is never too late to start saving our planet. Now is the time to go green and below are a few ways to start right at home:

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Changing the light bulb

Fluorescents and incandescent light bulbs cost more energy than their CFL or LED counterparts. Invest in this change for longer lasting and energy saving fixtures.

Improve insulation

Proper insulation can help households save on energy costs. Insulation prevents leaks, which can lower energy loss by up to 20 to 30 percent. Low-cost insulation fixes include thermal blinds or draft guards.

Look for the label

Replace old appliances with ones with the Energy Star label. These are appliances that are sponsored and approved by U.S. Department of Energy that guarantee 30 percent better energy efficiency than others.

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Save on water

Fix leaking faucets, change showerheads, and avoid keeping the water running; there are many simple ways people can reduce water consumption in their homes.

Get an energy audit

Knowing how much energy is consumed and how to cut back on these consumptions can really help kick-start green living in every household. Hiring an auditor can be costly but it will be a big help in the long run.

Janique Goff is an environmental advocate who champions green businesses. Follow this Twitter account to learn more about going green.