So you’ve made the switch to cleaner energy by installing solar panels on your roof or your property. You may have done so because the savings were too hard to pass up, but let’s look at the big picture: There is an undeniable satisfaction in knowing you’re helping better the environment by generating cleaner electricity. But what about the rest of your home? “Greening” your life doesn’t stop at solar panels – and it can help you save even more money.

Here are some tips to further reduce your carbon footprint in your day-to-day:

 

Use LEDs light bulbs

Replace your traditional incandescent light bulbs with LEDs (light emitting diode) to save up to 75% more energy while significantly reducing air pollution. With a lifespan that is 25x longer than regular bulbs, if every home replaced just one lightbulb with an LED, we could save enough energy to light 2 million homes for one year.

 

Unplug your appliances and save more money

Did you know that your cell phone charger, when left in the wall, consumes 1 watt of electricity? Did you know that when your TV is turned off it still generates 13 watts of electricity? Even your coffee machine can produce 1 watt when it’s in sleep mode.  Consider other everyday items like your stereo system, desktop computer, and microwave. Anything that is left plugged in is costing you money and generating unnecessary power. Time to unplug, save more, and be more green!

 

Open your blinds during the day

You can save 10% of the energy used to heat your home if you open the blinds during the day. Sunlight not only powers the panels on your roof – it can help you conserve more of the energy you consume.

 

Get more house plants

If you literally “green” your home, you’ll significantly improve the air quality in your home by reducing more C02 emissions. Wouldn’t it be awesome to breath even cleaner air?

 

Turn off your faucet more often

When you’re using the faucet to brush your teeth, be sure not to leave the tap running when you’re brushing. And if your tap is leaky, get it fixed as soon as possible. You could waste up to 48 gallons of water, depending on the severity of the leak.

 

Install a low-pressure showerhead

If you are willing to reduce your shower pressure just a bit, you’re doing Mother Earth a big favor. An average family of 4 can save over 42,000 gallons of water a year with this minor change.

 

Fix your leaky toilet!

You could waste nearly 200 gallons of water a DAY if you neglect a leaky toilet. Get on it!

 

Use cold water for your washer

Unless you HAVE to, refrain from washing loads of laundry with hot water. 80-90% of the energy used actually goes right into heating the water.

 

Recycle!

This is an obvious one, but there are still many homeowners out there they do not recycle. If just 50% of Americans recycled every day, we could help reduce the same carbon emissions as taking 25 million cars off the road.

 

We can barely see your carbon footprint anymore! You’re awesome.