Going Green on Shopping

Saving Money and Energy on Shopping

Shopping is a favorite pastime of everyone. We have unparalleled opportunity to be greener and save money on our shopping spree. But we usually don’t practice our opportunities in this respect.

We can’t just blame merchants for their wasteful acts. They will sell anything that is in demand to consumers. But if consumers insist on being green and ecologically friendly, merchants will sell products that conform to that also.

This is where the great opportunity lies. We have a power to choose what we are offered whenever we go shopping. Therefore, choose products that are friendly to the planet and that also offer great value.

Tip 1
Buy locally produced food so you’ll be helping the local economy. You’ll also be helping to reduce the hidden costs in food production, transportation, and distribution.

Tip 2
Buy in bulk to help prevent unnecessary packaging and small containers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 80 million tons of wastes from packaging, labeling, and empty containers are generated by Americans. When you buy in bulk, you can save in packaging, labeling, and containers. it will help save you money too.

Tip 3
Are you collecting coupons? Use your coupons wisely. Coupons may make you look like a penny pincher, they can really help. Even if you earn a good wage, coupons can be very helpful. Only cut out coupons for goods that you are interested buying and perhaps give out the other coupons that you don’t intend to use in the first place.

Tip 4
Create a list before going to the supermarket or local store and stick to that list. Avoid impulse buying.

Tip 5

Leave kids when shopping. Most of the time, kids do unnecessary shopping that could add up to your list.

Tip 6
Take your own shopping bag as you go shopping or when you do your groceries. Close to 4 trillion of plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year.

Tip 7
Don’t buy water in plastic bottles. Millions of plastic bottles end up in landfills. Tap water is still safe. You can also get a filter unit if you don’t like tap water. Americans buy 2.5 million plastic bottles of water every hour and only 25,000 of them will be recycled which means the other 2, 2475,000 empty bottles will end up in landfills.

Going Green on your Leisure Travel and Vacation

Saving Money and Energy on Your Travel and Vacation

We all love to travel. It takes away our stress. It makes us relax and it is the best time to unwind. We prefer flying in faraway places which means flying on gas-guzzling jets. Whether you like it or not, we’re just creating another problem for our environment.

But it doesn’t mean we’re going to stay at home forever. We can still enjoy the perks of traveling but we need to do it in a more eco-friendly way.

There are many ways of enjoying your vacation but reducing the negative impact on our environment. You just need to be willing to explore them.

Tip 1
Plan a ‘staycation’ instead of a vacation. You don’t have to travel very far away and pay the expensive costs of hotels, planes, and etc. The idea is to stay closer to home. All you need is a break from boring work and chores. You could travel 50 miles or even 100 miles and you’ll still find something really exciting. It will also help save you a huge amount of money and you won’t be responsible for tons of carbon emissions while enjoying your vacation at the same time.

Tip 2
If you need to travel far, you could reduce your ecological footprint in many ways. Instead of getting those glossy brochures and maps of the location that you plan to visit, search the internet instead. You can print it off in black and white. You don’t need color and you don’t need pictures. You could get information from travel websites than buying those expensive guide books.

Tip 3
Travel light. Most people pack twice and they really don’t need half of it. You could save money by not having extra baggage charges. If you’re traveling by car, you’ll save fuel by having a lighter load.

Tip 4
Buy a solar charger for your phone and other devices. You’re going to need one when you travel. It will also help save on electricity and carbon emissions. It also feels good being green!

Tip 5
Plan trips where you could stay with your family and friends. It will help save you on costly hotel bills. Plus, you get to bond with them again.

Tip 6
Home exchange is also very convenient. It’s a way of enjoying a far away vacation without paying for costly hotels. It’s actually a popular idea which relies on families exchanging homes with each other. Ecologically, it’s a good idea. You have to become the other family for several days. The savings made are considerable and the experience of local immersion in the culture and way of life is priceless.

Tip 7
Travel by train instead of planes. Trains are the most environmentally-friendly means of transportation available. Traveling by plane is also cheaper than traveling by plane.

Tip 8
Rent out a small economical car if you feel the need to rent out a car. Here’s a better and exciting idea: rent a bicycle one for every family member.

Tip 9
Visit protected areas like parks and nature reserve to ensure they stay maintained. There is a charge to help with the maintenance but usually it’s very reasonable.

Tip 10
Buy local souvenirs and handcrafts to support local craftsmen and artists.

Tip 11
Bring your own refillable water bottle to save money. The number of empty water bottles ending up in landfills will also be reduced.

Tip 12
Explore one place than doing country hopping and trying to cram in half the world in just two weeks. The idea here is known as slow travel which means slowing down and enjoying every last bit out of the place you are traveling to. It will save you money and keep your negative ecological footprint to a minimum.

Tip 13
Before leaving your home for vacation, make sure you have unplugged every electric appliance.

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Going Green at the Office & Workplace

The Office and Workplace

The office and workplace are places of unnecessary wastage. Just because it belongs to a company that employees are working for, employees don’t care at all if they are wasteful. We can do better in the workplace and learn not to be wasteful. We could take positive steps to help reduce and eventually eliminate our wasteful habits.

Tip 1
The biggest cost in an office or workplace is electricity bill. You can help reduce your electricity bills by installing compact fluorescent lights or CFL. They are more efficient and they use less energy.

Tip 2
If you want to replace your printer, you can consider getting an all-in-one device that already has a printer, scanner, copier, and fax. Each component in an all-in-one device will work as good as a dedicated one. It also saves you money than having four separate machines.

Tip 3
Telecommute as much as possible. More and more companies are already seeing the benefits of having their employees work from home. It will help reduce the overhead costs. You just need a high-speed internet connection, a computer, a printer, and a fax perhaps.

Tip 4
Ask your customers if they want to receive their bills through email instead of sending them out in paper bills.

Tip 5
You can reduce the need for business meetings. Instead, you can have an online conference instead of paying for expensive business travels and sometimes unnecessary. Today’s computers are very fast and efficient. There are programs that allow you to virtually talk and start your online conferencing for free.

Tip 6
Print double sided (duplex printing) and recycle used paper. 21 million tons of paper gets thrown away by businesses every year. Think whether you need a printed copy of a document or not. You could save the trees by saving it on your computer instead.

Tip 7
If you’re thinking of replacing your office equipment like your printers and computers, ensure to find a good home for them. A lot of the machines you have at the office are still in working condition and are just being upgraded. You can also donate these machines to charities or low-income families.

Tip 8
If a business travel is really important, you can put employees on trains instead of planes. It may take longer to reach their destination, trains are ecologically friendly than planes. You’ll also save money and carbon emissions.

Tip 9
Advertising for a job? Let the applicants submit their resumes and other documents online. Therefore, you applicants don’t have to print their applications on paper. Save money. Save trees. Provide online job applications.

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How to Save Money and Energy on Cars and Fuel

Saving Money and Energy on Your Car and Fuel

Our love affair with cars started more than 100 years ago and it has continued unabated since then. People are always looking for solutions to go faster using more power and panache, ignoring the cost to us and the planet. But it just couldn’t go on forever.  We are eagerly waiting for the day for a clean, cheap, and reliable source of energy powers our vehicles. Though there have been some exciting developments through electricity and hydrogen as well as other technologies yet so far the internal combustion engine powered by gasoline or diesel fuel is accountable for majority of the cars on the road all over the world.

But in the meantime, we owe it to ourselves and to everyone to practice driving habits to reduce the harmful impact the vehicles have on the environment. When we start driving in a way that negative footprint of our vehicles is reduced, we pay less at the same time. The problem is that not many of us are doing it. You can take the lead today so others follow.

Here are some tips on how to use your car efficiently while saving the environment:

Tip 1
Don’t drive especially if you are living in a rural part of the country. But if you live in a town or city, there’s a bus service that you could take or you can just walk. You may also consider getting a bicycle to provide you with transport as well as a good exercise and a huge amount of savings in your pocket.

Tip 2
Be a smooth driver which means someone who breaks gently and accelerates gently. Driving smoothly puts lesser stress on your car, making it consume less gas too. The car parts will also last and the gas will get you further ahead.

Tip 3
Plan your driving trips. If it’s been a routine driving to the local store every day, go once a week and stock up. Think of ways on how to reduce your driving and you’ll save on fuel and resources.

Tip 4
Reduce your speed. Instead of driving at 70 miles per hour, 55 miles per hour is a much more efficient speed for the average car. With the reduced speed, you can still head on to where you’re going and you’ll burn less fuel also.

Tip 5
Get rid of the excess weight inside your car because a vehicle burns more gas with ever pound of increased weight. Therefore, check your trunk. You may probably have unnecessary stuff that need to be thrown out. It will help increase your mileage considerable and saves you money to over time.

Tip 6
Give your car a tune up. A car works at its best when everything’s working at its best also. Your vehicle will consume less gas and go further. Thus, it will help save you money also. It will also lessen its harmful effect on the environment.

Tip 7
Carpool when you go to work. To do this you don’t need to be working at the same place. You just need to be going in the same direction. There are more than 130 million workers in the United States and more than 80% of them drive by themselves when going to work. Carpooling can help save everyone a good amount of money.

Tip 8
Check your vehicle’s recommended fuel octane level. If you don’t need a higher fuel octane, then don’t get it because they’re expensive in the first place.

Tip 9
Tire roll resistance accounts for about 20% of your vehicle’s fuel consumption. This is the amount of energy needed in order to get the tires rolling and keep them rolling. Tires work best when they’re in good condition. Thus, ensure they are properly inflated. Check the pressure and keep it only at the recommended pressure. Check the wheel alignment as well. Wheels that are badly aligned will cost you money.

Tip 10
Never sit with the engine idling for over a minute. Restarting the engine can consume the same amount of gas that an idle engine consumes in one minute.  You’ll save gas and money if you turn the engine off.

Tip 11
About 16 million gallons of gas is wasted each year from vehicles that are waiting in line at drive thrus. Why not cook your meals at home? It’s healthier and it will cost less. You can also save gas by cooking at home and staying at home.

Tip 12
Anticipate ahead. This would help prevent those last minute hard braking events that scare your passengers and consume unnecessary gas and also putting strain on your car’s parts.

Next time, keep thinking ahead. Anticipate bends so you’ll have plenty of time braking gently. See the red light ahead of time so you won’t have to screech to a halt just because you didn’t expect it.

Tip 13
Replace old and worn gas cap. Check gas cap for wear particularly the seal. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, it’s time to replace it.

Tip 14
Remove an overhead luggage rack that you don’t use all the time. It just adds drag which means more gas is going to be used. Only put it in place when you need it most.

Tip 15
Wear your seat belt even before you start your car’s engine. If you start your engine then wear your seat belt, this can waste money and lead to more wasted fuel every year.

Tip 16
Reverse in a parking space instead of driving straight because you could drive straight out on a cold engine than maneuvering on a cold engine. It’s more efficient and also greener.

Tip 17
If you need to replace your car, get a fuel-efficient car. Smaller cars are more efficient. You may also want to check out new hybrid cars.

Tip 18
Change your vehicle’s air filter on a regular basis. It helps improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%.

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How Your Computers and Printers Can Be Environmentally Friendly

Saving Money and Energy on Your Computer and Printer

Almost all of us own a computer and a printer and like the appliances we have at home, they too consume power. By adopting a few principles, you could help reduce your wasteful nature with your computers and printers. These tips won’t reduce the effectiveness of the appliances. Instead, the tips would make them less wasteful and more environmentally friendly and thus saving money for everyone.

Tip 1
Turn off your computer once you are not using it. Leaving it turned on all the time is really wasteful. Even if you use a monitor, it’s going to be still more wasteful. If you feel the need that you need to leave it on, make sure that it’s on a standby or sleep mode when not in use.

Tip 2
Print less. Or if possible, do not print at all because papers don’t grow on trees. Papers are trees! If you need to print, you can use duplex or double-sided printing to save half of your paper needs. You can also help save a tree.

Tip 3
Are you still using a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitor? The older CRT monitors are not efficient in terms of energy use. If you want a more efficient monitor that uses less energy and space, upgrade to an LCD monitor.

Tip 4
Recycle your old printer ink cartridges if possible. More than 200 million used printer ink cartridges end up in landfills in the United States alone.

Tip 5
If you are considering of upgrading your computer, get a laptop. Laptops use less than 20 percent of the energy that a desktop and monitor system uses. A laptop uses 50 watts while a desktop computer uses 270 watts.

Tip 6
Plug your computer and printer and other device you use with them into a power strip, when the equipment isn’t in use, you can switch it off to make sure that no electricity will be consumed.

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How to Save Money and Enery on Your Garden and Yard

Saving Money and Energy on Your Garden and Yard

The garden and yard are areas in the house where you can enjoy nature. This is also where you can choose your favorite flower and plants.

You may have a beautiful fountain or a plain lawn. You may decorate your area with various garden accents, a lawn statue, and other things just to make it attractive. Having a deck patio will also make it more attractive.

The garden and yard generate waste. But what you do with the waste is very important and the overall space also needs to be considered. Your garden and yard could also be a haven of savings and can be greener with a little bit of planning and thought.

Consider the following tips to save money and energy on your garden and yard:

Tip 1
Compost! Start a composting bin for all the vegetable matter that you usually throw. Leaves from trees in autumn and anything pruned or cut off can be composted. Good compost provides excellent soil material to nourish young plants. It’s a good way of recycling.

Tip 2
Plant drought-tolerant trees in your garden like ash, crepe myrtle, or ginko and shrubs from rosemary to barberry and juniper because they will survive better and they do not demand too much water.

Tip 3
Think about the large lawn space you have. Do you really need it? It costs money to regularly mow the lawn especially during the summer months. Cut down your lawn space and replace it with an area where grass doesn’t grow to save money and time and use fewer resources.

Tip 4
Water the lawn early in the morning because there’s more moisture in the air and more water will be retained in the soil longer. During a hot day, water evaporates. Thus, any water you introduce to your lawn will just evaporate and will not have enough time to penetrate down not only wasting water but it will waste your time and your money and the earth’s resources.

Tip 5
Upgrade your lawn irrigation system if it’s quite old because it is likely to waste water. Modern irrigation systems are more efficient in distributing water. You could save 30 to 60 percent by using a smart irrigation system.

Tip 6

If you live in an area where the climate is really hot, you could help you garden’s soil by adding polymers. They help retain moisture for a longer period of time, making the plants and flowers grow more efficiently.

Tip 7
Install a rain barrel to gather rainfall from your roof. Though this is an old idea, it is a good one. You could save on water bills by using this simple idea.

Tip 8
Are you using a motorized lawn mower? Get a lot of exercise and stop unnecessary pollution. Get rid of your motorized lawn mower and get an old-fashioned one instead that would need to be pushed in order to work. It isn’t hard work and it would get the job done just fine. You don’t only get a good amount of exercise but you also save money and help the environment.

 

 

 

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How to Save on Your Home’s Heating and Insulation

Saving Money and Energy on Home’s Heating and Insulation

You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money just to help save the environment. Even through minor lifestyle changes, they already are a big step towards preserving the planet. You can start going green at home and encourage other family members to do the same.

You can save a huge amount of money on your home’s heating and insulation. Consider the following tips:

Tip 1:

Use your heating thermostats wisely. Reduce the house temperature overnight by 5 degrees then turn it up again in the morning and you’ll save a huge amount of money while using less resources. If no one’s around, you could reduce the overall house heating to 55 degrees to prevent the pipes from freezing while also reducing your bills.

When having a house party, you can save a bit on your heating bill by setting the thermostat down. A human body in an enclosed room produces heat that’s equivalent to 175 watts of power.

Tip 2:

Installing a programmable thermostat is also a good idea. It lets you control heating and when properly programmed, it could help reduce closer to 2,000 pounds of greenhouse emissions per year in an average home.

Tip 3:

Installing solar panels may require a good amount of investment but there are so many benefits that you can get from installing one. They work well in areas where there is a good amount of light. Solar panels don’t need hot sunshine to operate. Though you can’t run the entire home on a solar power, it can go a long way towards energy preservation.

Tip 4:

Your furnace should also be serviced annually. The air filter should also be changed if needed. This could help reduce your heating bill and the furnace will run more efficiently. Thus, you save more money in the long run.

Tip 5:

Conserve heat by insulating every part of your home that needs to be insulated. The loft is an important area that needs to be insulated. Heat rises and will keep on rising if your loft is not well-insulated. Also insulate your wall cavities because heat will go wherever it can and not just straight out of your roof. Thus, it’s important to also insulate the sides. Some 40% of heat loss is due to a lack of cavity wall insulation.

Tip 6:

Air returns and heating vents need to be kept clear from any obstructions. Remove furniture and carpets and let the flow go smoothly to increase the efficiency of the system while helping you save money and using fewer resources.

Tip 7:

Whether you’re upgrading your current insulation or you’re insulating from scratch, you might as well consider eco-friendly insulation materials. They are friendlier to the environment than traditional insulating materials. Efficient insulation not only benefits the environment. It can also help you save money in time.

Tip 8:

Drafts can greatly reduce a room’s temperature. Therefore, ensure that all drafts are properly sealed. Install weather stripping to seal loose doors and windows, making them more effective in keeping the heat in and the cold out.

Tip 9:

Are you still using single glazed windows? If you are, you need to replace them with double or even triple glazing. Single glazed windows were used many years ago and they’re not really good at insulation.  is very effective at trapping heat in a room or keeping at out during hot summer days. Triple glazing is also even better. Though it may cost a lot when you upgrade, you can save considerably in the long run. Therefore, you may want to consider it as an investment.

Tip 10:

If you can’t afford to upgrade your windows into double glazed windows, there’s a helpful tip that can help. Cover your windows with a bubble wrap. It really works. It can reduce heat loss through the window by about 45% and this is already a good amount.

Tip 11:

Do you have open fireplaces? Insulate any open fireplaces at home but take note that this tip is only applicable to UNUSED fireplaces. UNUSED open fireplaces act as vents for the heat that you’re producing that you might be just throwing away your dollars out of the window each morning. It would be best to use a removable insulating material so you could use the fireplace again when you want to.

NOTE: You need fresh air inside the house. If your heating system does not let fresh air in, make sure that you do at some point each day. If you have sealed the house tightly and it’s well-insulated, install carbon monoxide detectors to let you know immediately if there’s carbon monoxide buildup and that there’s not enough fresh air entering your home.

 

How to Save Money and Energy on Your Appliances

Saving Money and Energy on Appliances


Tip 1
Most of your appliances at home can still use up energy even when they’re switched off. Thus, always unplug your appliances from the socket after using them. Do this with every appliance you have at home no matter what the manual indicates. It’s easy to plug them in and switch them back on again.

Appliances like TV, VCR, DVD, computer, printer, blender, and etc. may drain a very small amount according to CNN but when you sum it all together, they can account for about 5% of your energy bill and that’s $5 for every $100 you pay. Thus, make it a habit to unplug every appliance at home or better invest in a power strip that can be completely turned off to help save you money and help the environment also.

Tip 2
Winter is finally here and you’re probably set your heating system higher than you need it. Try adjusting your thermostat to one degree and you’ll notice the slightest difference on your electricity bill. If you place the thermostat two degrees lower, you’ll still stay warm. You’ll save a good amount of money too over the winter.

In summer, try turning the temperature control on your AC unit. If the temperature outside is hot at 90 degrees, then an indoor temperature of 85 degrees will make you feel comfortable. You don’t have to set every room in your house at 70 degrees during summer season. Slowly increase the temperature one degree at a time until it feels uncomfortable then set it down about a degree or so and leave it at that temperature.


Tip 3
You can also save water in your shower in many ways. Take shorter showers by using low-flow attachments to your shower head.  You’ll be amazed by the amount of water and energy you can save. A low-flow shower head can help save you around 3,000 gallons of water for every person every year and that’s a lot. You can also install low-flow attachments to your sink taps also if you want to save more money for your family.

Tip 4
Also change your lighting at home. Many people do not think of house lights as appliances but they actually are. Stop using incandescent bulbs or the old standard light bulbs you’ve been using for many years. Change to CFL or compact fluorescent light bulbs.  They use less than 75% of energy and they last longer than incandescent bulbs. They also produce 60% less heat. LED lights are also a good option. Though you may not find them suitable for main house lights, many people prefer using them. They are cost-efficient and they are cheaper than most CFL light bulbs.

Tip 5
One of the reasons why your water bill is skyrocketing is because of leaks. Make sure your water system is free from any leaks because a single steady drip could account for about 250 gallons of water per month and that’s up to 3,000 gallons of water per year! Just imagine the amount of money and water you are wasting. Thus, always check your water system for leaks and you should include this in your home maintenance checklist.

If you don’t have a low-flow toilet, you can improvise. Simply fill up a half gallon of plastic bottle with water and secure the cap firmly. Then, place it inside the toilet water tank. This could help reduce the toilet flush to about 40% but still give you enough water to flush everything away.

Tip 6
During the summer months, use the dishwasher, washing machine, and other large appliances only in the morning or during the late afternoon when it’s cooler. These appliances give off more heat, making your AC work harder if you use them at the height of a hot summer day.

Tip 7
A hair dryer is belongs to the top three power-guzzling appliances. Don’t use a dryer. Instead, towel dry your hair and leave it air-dried.

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How to Save Money and Energy on Home Appliances

Saving Money and Energy on Home Appliance

Tip 1
Did you know that you can also help save the environment by using your home appliances efficiently? The dishwasher is one appliance that uses less energy than manually doing the dishes. Dishwashers are very efficient devices and they use less water than we do when we stand over the sink. Using dishwashers also clean your dishes a lot better. But when using a dishwasher, you need to bear a few things in mind like:

Use the dishwasher with a full load but do not overload it. It will work at its best and provide you with the greatest savings.

Instead of rinsing off the plate to remove food waste with water, scrape it off.

Check the manual and set the dishwasher to the lowest heat level.

Don’t use the rinse function because it could use up seven gallons of hot water. You won’t need it anyway.

Before buying a dishwasher or you want to replace your old dishwasher, make sure it is Energy Star Rated. You could save up to 33% off your bill. An Energy Star Rated dishwasher uses at least 40% less energy than an old dishwasher.

Tip 2
You can also save in your heating bills by setting your water heater to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Reset it lower to 120 degrees yet you still get all the benefits with your heating costs dropping up to 10%. The environment will also benefit from lower energy consumption.

You can also use a tankless water heater because a tank-based water heating system can suffer from standby heat loss because the water tank has to have hot water at all times. But it simply waits for you to need it most of the time. if you don’t need the hot water, the system cycles between heating the water and then waiting for it to cool down to the point where it needs to reheat again.

A tankless water heater only heats up whenever there’s a demand for hot water. Water pipes are directly heated when hot water tap is on and the water keeps on heating until you turn it off. Using a tankless water heater saves you money while reducing its negative impact on the environment.  Though it may be a bit expensive to install a tankless water heater, you’ll get your money back within a year or so. After some time, you can expect up to 50% in savings on your water heating bills annually.

Tip 3
Insulating your entire water system is also one good way of going green and saving money. Insulate your water heater tank using an insulating blanket to save a ton of carbon dioxide emissions. It will help save you money also. Insulate the pipes leaving the tank too.

Tip 4
Your washing machine consumes 90% of energy heating up the water. You can save on energy by using a cold-water detergent and setting it to cold or warm water if possible. If discount rates are given by utility companies during off-peak hours, run your washing machine and other appliances during these times. If all the washing machines in the country use cold water, clothes would be as clean and we would save 1% on carbon dioxide emissions, that’s about 30 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Also use all-natural household cleaning products. You may not know it but the household cleaning products that you’ve been using for years are packed with harmful toxins that may affect your family’s health. Fabric softeners for example, may make your clothes smell clean but they contain damaging toxins that are released into the environment.

Don’t use a dryer and choose a traditional yet budget-free method. Use a clothes line and air-dry your clothes like what your grandmother use to do. This method not only works. It’s free. It doesn’t harm the environment and not a single drop of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas escape from clothes by drying them on a line.

Tip 5
Another way to save energy at home is to not keep your refrigerator too cold. The ideal temperature of your refrigerator is between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If your refrigerator has a freezer compartment make sure to keep it at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Ice buildup can also waste so much money and energy. Thus, you need to defrost it regularly. Also ensure that your refrigerator door seal is working properly. Never leave any food or liquids uncovered inside the fridge. A fridge may have a burning effect on uncovered foods and may release moisture. It will make the compressor work harder, using up more energy and can make your bills shoot up.

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How to Save Money and Energy at Home – Cooking

Saving Money and Energy on Cooking

Tip 1
Did you know that you can also save both money and energy on cooking? Cooking for a whole week in one go is perfectly possible. All it takes is a little planning and probably a whole Sunday afternoon of cooking. After you have cooked for the entire week, freeze or chill the individually packed meals so they’ll be ready for heating up when you need to eat your meal.

Though this idea became popular during World War II because there were limited resources, it still makes sense today. It just needs common sense and a little bit of planning. You’ll surely be amazed at how easy the process is and how much you can save money while contributing something for the environment.

Tip 2
The idea of pot roasts is not so popular nowadays. Cooking a chicken using a slow cooker in seven or eight hours uses only a third of the energy that cooking in an oven does. And this applies when cooking any meat as well as vegetables and other food you could think of. If you have cheap electricity at night, you could make use of it to slowly cook chicken, meat, veggies, or anything overnight. It’s as simple as that.

Tip 3
Going organic is also one way of giving back to our planet. Carbon dioxide is captured and stored in organic soils better and more effective than in ordinary soils, making organic foods friendlier to the planet.

Here’s a good example of just how good organic growing can be: If corn and soybeans are planted in organic conditions, 580 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will no longer be pumped into our atmosphere.

Organically grown foods are not just good for our environment. It’s also good for our health. Also think about the amount of money you can save when going organic. So if you’re really serious about going green, eat only organic food. Organic foods also taste a lot better compared to those you buy in grocery stores.

Tip 4
Americans have a habit of serving up too much food which leads to a huge amount of waste. According to statistics, Americans throw away 14 million tons of food every year! That’s 100 pounds a year for each of us ending in the trash bins.

If you want to go green, serve up less food on the family’s dining table. On average, 30 to 50 percent of the food we buy gets dumped whether we eat at home or dine out. Think about the people living in third world countries who don’t have enough food on their plates. In fact, people in third world countries may be wondering where to get their meals for the day.

Teach your family to achieve zero food waste. Your family could save a lot every year from practicing zero food waste. Also think about how much the environment would benefit from it.

Tip 5
Are you using bottled water at home? If yes, did you know that you could be wasting $1,400 on average per year? What’s worse is that only around 5% of the empty plastic bottles are recycled which means 95% of them und up in landfills!

Instead of using bottled water at home, you can invest in a multi-stage water filter to fit your existing water system. It costs around $100 for a filter and with it your water is safe to drink and will make it taste as great as bottled water. You can save around $1,300 and the environment will feel much better without plastic bottles dumped into the landfills.

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