Three Home Tips to Help You Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The world’s economy is in its worst state for almost thirty years. Fuel prices are on the rise all around the world, as are individual electricity bills. However, there are a few simple tips that can be implemented, which can help to reduce your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.  Below are four tips that are very easy to implement in your home.  If you follow these tips, you will not only cut your energy bills, but you will also be helping the planet – it’s win win.

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Tip #1 – Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Ninety percent of the average washing machine’s energy consumption is used for heating the water.  You can save tons of money by switching to a detergent meant for cold water washing and using the setting for cold water.  If everyone were to make this switch, clothes would still be as clean and we would reduce our carbon emissions by one percent nationally. This would mean that as much as thirty million tons of CO2 would no longer reach our atmosphere.  In addition to using cold water, you can also use eco-friendly washing detergent. This is much better for you and the environment than the traditional washing powders that you find on supermarket shelves.

Tip #2 – Set Your Fridge Temperature

To keep your utility prices low, another great tip is to keep your refrigerator at an even temperature that is cold enough to keep your food fresh and that the motor does not have to come on frequently.  The temperature of your refrigerator has a lot to do with your power consumption.  The perfect temp to keep your fridge set at is between thirty seven and forty degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer at about five degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are not sure how to test the temperature, simply place a thermometer in a glass of water inside your refrigerator. Leave it for twenty-four hours.  If it does not read within the recommended temperature setting, adjust the setting and check again within twenty four hours until it is at the desired temperature.  Check your freezer compartment by placing the thermometer in between two bags of frozen vegetables.

Tip #3 – Defrost Your Freezer

Defrosting your freezer on a regular basis is one of the best ways to save money on the cost of your electricity.  When ice builds up in your fridge, this increases the amount of power needed to keep the freezer at the temp that you want it to be.  In fact, this ice buildup should never be more than a quarter of an inch.  Sometimes, depending on the brand, a quarter of an inch is even too much.  No ice buildup at all is perfect.  By keeping on top of the ice buildup, you will be amazed at the amount of money you save on your electricity bill.

Following these tips will help you keep your gas and electric bills at a level that you can afford to pay, whilst helping the environment.