Five ways to make green part of your routine
From light bulbs to laundry, it's easy to be more green in 2014.
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While it might be easy to come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions, how many of us stick to our plans for the entire year? The conventional wisdom is that few people keep their resolutions past the first two weeks of the year, and January 17 has even been dubbed Ditch Your Resolutions Day.
So, for anyone who’s pledged to turn over a new eco-friendly leaf in 2014, we have some ideas that will help you make green part of your routine.
Switch to LED. Energy-efficient LEDs use 75-80 percent less energy than traditional bulbs, which means the typical household can save about $130 per year by making the switch. And Walmart recently introduced a new line of Great Value LED lightbulbs starting under $10, meaning you don’t have to invest as much as you once did to save money in the long run.
Revamp your laundry habits. Something as simple as switching to a cold water setting for washing your clothes helps use less energy and $124 a year. Plus the cold-water setting could actually be better for your clothes. And if you must use the dryer instead of hanging dry, make sure to clean the lint trap often. Doing so helps clothes dry better and uses less energy.
Watch out for vampires. If you leave keep appliances and electronics plugged in when you’re not using them, they still suck up energy – anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of your total household electricity use. Some of the biggest culprits include microwaves, laptops, and chargers. Take charge and unplug when you’re not using them.
Adopt eco-friendly driving habits. Whether it’s a long car trip for vacation or just everyday driving, there are plenty of ways to make car trips better for the environment. From carpooling to checking tire pressure, these tips will help reduce carbon emissions, make your trip smoother and do something good for the environment.
Build a compost pile. This is something you can do year-round – both indoors and outdoors – so there’s really no excuse not to give it a try. Make it a family activity and you’ll get your kids interested in is and offer a fun eco-lesson.
What are your ideas to keep your resolutions going?
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