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4 Ways to Make Your Home Eco Friendly

Written by TK


Being green is a very popular trend nowadays, especially for homeowners.  Making your home energy efficient and eco friendly saves money and helps the planet become more sustainable at the same time.  It’s a win-win.

Some people may not think that preserving our land and eliminating toxins into the air is important because we won’t be around to enjoy the benefits, however we should all love the idea of saving money today and tomorrow.

Here are four ways to make your home more eco friendly:

Shop for a toilet with light and heavy flush

Do you remember when you used to go to a cottage or cabin in the woods and everyone used to say “If it’s brown flush it down, if it’s yellow let it mellow”?  Energy efficient toilets now exist so we don’t have to worry about that anymore.

Dual flush toilets let you flush everything down with a light or heavy flush cycle.  It preserves water when you don’t need it and adds more to the tank for heavier flushes.

Invest in an HE washer and dryer

If you’re in the market for new appliances for your home consider buying an Energy Star refrigerator, washer/dryer and dishwasher. They are the appliance equivalent of LED light bulbs.

Energy Star appliances offer the same power and quality while using less power and saving you money at the same time.  Just make sure you buy High Efficiency detergent and soap otherwise you could find yourself in a bubbly mess.

Multi function appliances

The days of single wash cycles are over.  Eco friendly appliances let you choose your cycle strength so hot water and electricity are not wasted if they’re not needed.  Look for an energy efficient dishwasher with cold cycle, spin speed and soil functions.

That way you can choose a heavier wash for sticky pots and pans and a lighter cycle for everyday dishes.  Also remember  to wash your dishes under the faucet before putting them in the dishwasher.

A washer and dryer with multi functions also help save money and conserve energy at the same time.  Choosing a light cycle can help save money on your more delicate clothes.  It also helps preserve

Install dimmer lights in every room

Most of us probably don’t want to live in the dark or by candlelight.  However we don’t need bright lights on all the time. Installing dimmer light switches into your main rooms such as the living room and bedrooms can definitely be a big money (and electricity) saver.  Hire a professional to do electrical work because getting it done right the first time will help save money (and prevent mishaps) down the road.

How are you helping your home be more eco friendly?

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