Energy conservation is on everyone’s mind these days. Nearly everywhere you look you see things about carbon emissions, energy saving tips, saving money by lowering energy usage and so on. While it is very important to be aware of your own energy usage, it is not always easy to change your lifestyle habits. Many of us rely on our electronic devices such as laptops, game systems, music players, tablets, and especially our smartphones to get us through our daily lives. Being energy efficient does not mean you have to change everything you do or how you live. Here is some advice on running an eco-friendly household.

Power Savers

Using less power is good for the environment and your wallet! Some tips for saving power include:

  • Use energy saving light bulbs
  • Use energy efficient appliances
  • Run your dishwasher only when it is full
  • Keep your freezer full
  • Use a kettle for boiling water rather than a pan
  • Don’t leave electronics on standby

Heat Savers

Take small steps to improve the efficiency of your home. You will save on heating costs and become more eco-friendly in the process. Some tips include:

  • Cover air leaks and drafts in your home
  • Replace heater filters regularly
  • Re-insulate your home
  • Keep the thermostat set to one temperature a couple of degrees lower than you are used to
  • Use a programmable thermostat
  • Limit hot water use and use an insulation jacket on your hot water heater

Water Savers

Monitoring water usage is an important step in becoming eco-friendly. Monitor your water usage and follow these tips to be nicer to your environment:

  • Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth
  • Use Hippo the Water Saver – affordable and proven toilet water saving device
  • Fix dripping taps
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables in a small bowl of water rather than running water over them

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

So many items in the home can be recycled that there is no reason not to participate in this simple thing. Recycling is not just eco-friendly, it is part of being socially responsible. Do your part and recycle any items that are eligible for it. Some items you can recycle are:

  • Mobile phones – cell phones contain toxic substances that do not need to go into landfills
  • Paper – paper and packaging are among the most abundant forms of trash in the home
  • Glass – glass can be collected or dropped off at recycling locations called bottle banks
  • Printer cartridges – like glass, these are incredibly easy to recycle and can be refilled
  • Batteries – like cell phones, these contain toxic substances that should not go into landfills
  • Composting – food waste is cause of a large amount of waste in the home; compost instead to save room in landfills

By making small adjustments to your home and changing your lifestyle habits only a small amount, you can be on the top of the eco-friendly list. Save the environment, teach others to do the same, and you will be looking at a lower costing and brighter future for generations to come.