Small Household Actions, Big Impact

I think most of us are trying our best to go "green" for the environment and to cut costs. Here are a few household suggestions that are very easy and in some cases very low cost, which will have a big impact in the long run.

Washing Machine Buttons

Photo Credit: Washing Machine Buttons by Anna Langova

Wash Clothes in Cold Water

Did you know that 85% of the energy used to wash clothes goes into the heating of the water. Setting your washer to the cold water settings costs you nothing but will save 100’s of dollars anuually.

                                                   

Sealing & Caulking around windows, piping and small openings.

A tube of silcone caulking costs less than four dollars. One of the largest energy expenses we have are heating expenses, yet by just sealing with some silicone caulking, you can “draft proof” your home and save at least 15 % on your monthly heating bills.

                                                 

                                                  Photo Credit: Shower Head by Petr Kratochvil

Low Flow Showerhead

Of course these items range in price but you can get one for about 15 dollars. One of these showerheads uses up to 60 % less water than the regular ones. Now if you are a family of four, this amounts to 150,000 litres of water reduction in a year.

                                            Leaky Faucet

Photo Credit: Leaky Faucet by Junior Libby

Leaky Faucets

Doesn’t the sound of a leaky faucet drive you nuts? Well not only is it an audible nuisance but it also wastes up to 180 litres of water a week. And if its the hot water tap that is leaking, you are also wasting energy to heat the water. In most cases, a leaky faucet can be fixed just by replacing the washer which runs less than a dollar. Of course, some faucets will need replacing which can range up to 100 dollars depending on the make and design. But in the end, the savings will more than pay for the new taps.

There are many other ways to help you go green, but these four I have mentioned will get us all off to a good start.

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