Five Tips To Go Green Over the Summer
As energy prices continue to grow, summer is the perfect time to start thinking about how to be a bit more eco-friendly in your home. Being a bit more conscious of your energy efforts does not mean you have to spend the summer miserable, hot, and sweaty. In fact, with just a few habit changes you can still be comfortable during the summer months while being a bit more environmentally minded.
Here are five easy tips to going green over the summer:
- Go Outside
One of the best ways to go green is to see the green by spending time outdoors. The more time you spend outside, the less time you are spending inside racking up your energy bill. Most people want to avoid the outdoors during summer since it is usually so warm, but if you have access to a pool, to a shaded area in a park, or even the beach, try to spend some time each day outside in the fresh air.
Plus, if you have Wi-Fi access, you can bring your tablet with you to read, watch a movie, or even catch up on some work. If you don’t, check out DirecTV specials and promotions for Florida for a great deal on TV and Internet bundles.
- Farmer’s Markets
Most towns have local farmer’s markets that come around each weekend. They are the best place to find locally grown organic produce, which is more environmentally friendly and healthier for you to ingest. Plus, the more fresh ingredients you eat, the less you are using your stove and oven, which can not only heat up your home but also heat up your energy bill.
When it comes to using the AC, try your best to follow a few AC guidelines, such as turning your AC up to 78 degrees or higher. While it can be tempting to use it at a lower temperature, air conditioning uses more energy to power your homes—almost 40% more, according to the US Department of Energy. Not only is that hard on the environment, it is also hard on your wallet.
Any and all electronics and appliances you are not using should be unplugged, because even though they might not be in use, they are still emitting energy, also known as phantom energy. By unplugging your electronics and appliances, such as your printers, computers, coffee machines, and blenders, you could save about 5% on your energy bill.
Consider upgrading your electronics and appliances to energy efficient ones. While it might be a bit costly initially to pay for the new items, their efficiency will save you money in the long run, for most of these new appliances and electronics can save you hundreds on your energy bills. Some of the best appliances to replace with energy efficient models are refrigerators, TVs, dryers, and air conditioning units.
Use these five tips to help your home be more energy efficient.
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