It may come as a surprise to you, but there is a really good chance that the town or city you live in offers a service you may not have heard of called an energy audit. Municipalities across the country have started doing energy audits in which an auditor goes through your home and helps you to see where you could make changes that will not only help you conserve energy but will help you save money!
What a bonus it is to save money by doing the right thing. There are so many changes you can make in your home that impact how you recycle and result in keeping more money in your pocket.
Having recycling bins set up so that you can properly sort the items that are recycled is a great first step. That activity alone can cut down greatly on the items that end up in the landfills rather than where they can be recycled.
Keeping your televisions, DVDs, stereos and computers plugged in to a power strip or surge protector rather than directly into the wall also helps a great deal. You can then turn off the power strip when you are away from the house or not using the equipment for the night. That will also cut back greatly on what are called power leaks that can raise what you owe on your utility bill. Being aware to turn these items off is the first step, and then having them plugged into the power strip will further the action for saving money and energy.
Do not leave a light on when you walk out of a room and no one else is in there. Also be sure to change your light bulbs from the traditional ones to the compact fluorescent kind. The newer lights use 75 percent less energy to run and they will out live a traditional light bulb by up to 10 years.
Do not run the dishwasher or the washing machine unless they are full. It is a waste of energy and water to run a cycle through the dishwasher when it is only half full.
Use microfiber cloths for cleaning all kinds of surfaces such as furniture, counters and sinks because these items can be tossed into the washer and reused again and again. Think of the savings in paper towels alone. Using fewer paper towels means fewer trees need to be cut to make them in the first place.
Take shorter showers and see if you can pick up a shower head that is a water-conserving item, already in place, that will save you money. The chances are very good that you will never notice the difference during your shower.
There is much you can do to improve the way you recycle and it is the small steps from everyone that add to a large result.
— Ruthan Brodsky