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Tips for Living Green: Make Your Home an Eco Friendly Epicenter

April 9, 2012

Living Green TipsHaving a recycling plan in place at your home and encouraging your place of work to participate are great ways to help make the world a greener place. But it’s only a small part of a much bigger effort that’s needed to really influence positive change. Investing in green technologies for your home is doable, and affordable. Here are a few living green tips to help make your home the greenest on the block.

Greening Your Home Computer
Practically every home these days has – and needs – a computer. They’ve become ubiquitous in a way that makes us wonder how we ever got along without them before. But they also consume energy, and energy consumption leads to higher amounts of carbon emission. As a first step, always be sure to power down your computer when it’s not in use. Set your computer for maximum energy efficiency by setting it to go into power saving sleep mode after a certain amount of time. You can also buy energy efficient accessories like solar powered chargers for your laptop, wireless mouse, and mp3 player.

Shedding Light on Eco Friendly Practices
Shutting off lights in your home when they’re not in use is one of the easiest and most impactful living green tips that can also save you some serious money when it comes time to pay the monthly electric bill. But there are other green technologies you can take advantage of, like installing fluorescent light bulbs throughout your home to cut energy usage by as much as 50 percent.

Go Energy Star or Go Home
If you haven’t already, it’s critical that you replace all of your home appliances with Energy Star rated appliances. These green technologies have been rated by the government for maximum energy efficiency, and they even bring with them sizable federal tax deductions.

These are just a few living green tips to get you started on the path to making your home an eco friendly haven. By taking these steps, you’ll go far in doing your part to ensure the future health of our planet.

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