These are practical, down-to-earth ideas that anyone, anywhere can use with success.
You will actually feel good about your contribution in saving the environment and will see your rewards in reduced utility bills! You will be setting a positive example utilizing these basic steps that anyone can perform with 100% success. Putting into practice these suggestions has been proven to reduce utilities bills by up to 45%, saving hundreds of dollars a year.
The biggest user of energy in your household appliances is the clothes dryer. For $15.00 or less you can easily purchase a metal clothes dryer that takes up little space and will normally hold one large load of clothes. It can be quickly folded up for easy storage. If you live in a dry climate you will undoubtedly appreciate the added humidity in your home and won’t need to run your humidifier anymore either, giving you double the savings. There are such a wide selection of fabric softener fragrances available that your home will be filled with whatever fragrance you choose, thereby, also saving you real money on air fresheners!
The next biggest user of energy is your dishwasher. It not only uses more water than you would by washing your dishes in the sink, but uses a lot more power in keeping the water hot and in drying the dishes. If it is sterilization you are particularly concerned about, you can simply add 1 tablespoon of bleach to your dishwater in your kitchen sink. This will ensure your dishes are clean and all bacteria will have effectively been eliminated, your sinks stay sparkling clean with no additional effort from you. The actual cost of the soap and rinse agents that are required to run your dishwasher far exceed the price of simple dish soap. You will notice a remarkable reduction in your electrical bill by simply eliminating these two appliances that are such substantial consumers of energy and in the case of the dishwasher, unnecessary water consumption.
Have you ever wondered how you could conserve more water? One of the biggest consumers of fresh water is the toilet. Older toilets use, on average, 5 gallons per flush. Consider changing your toilet to a recent model that uses only 6 liters or less per flush. A clear rule of thumb for flushing is “if it’s yellow, let it mellow”, in other words, use it a few more times before flushing, but “if it’s brown, flush it down.”
You can also conserve water by changing the shower head to a water conservation one. Showers typically use 1/3 of the water than a bath, so consider taking showers instead of baths. You won’t notice the decrease in water as you have your shower but the environment sure will! Put the plug in the tub prior to your shower. Save the water. In the chilly months the heat from the warm water will help to heat your home. Using a plastic juice container, scoop the water out of the bathtub and use it for flushing your toilet. It is simple, instead of pushing down the handle to flush the toilet, simply pour the water from the plastic container into the toilet. It will force the water and waste down the toilet. This will save numerous gallons of fresh water per month per person. The instant savings will be especially noticeable on your water bill. An added benefit to the water you have saved in your tub is using it to water your plants, both indoors and out. Plants love water that has soap in it, and bugs don’t like it, so your plants will be perfectly healthy and green and thriving while the insect population that is detrimental to your plants will be disappearing. If you are genuinely committed to saving water, you can also remove your dishwater out of the sink, instead of sending it down the drain and put it in a bucket. If you add the bleach to your dish water, this makes excellent water for flushing your toilet as it certainly will keep the toilet smelling fresh and keep it clean due to the bleach in the water.
These are just a few practical ways you can lower costs and conserve the environment. Having raised 6 children on homesteaded land where there simply was no running water and no electricity for a notable number of years, these practical suggestions do work and therefore are not nearly as difficult as they may sound. Once you become used to taking the necessary steps to save yourself some extra money and preserve the environment at the same time you certainly will find these straightforward steps rewarding both in saving the global environment and in substantial savings financially.