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GOING GREEN WITHOUT SPENDING TOO MUCH MONEY

Going green can get expensive. Things like solar hot water, solar panels, replacement windows and attic insulation can equate to several thousands of dollars in home renovation costs. Many people do not have this kind of money lying around and thus they instead do nothing. Furthermore, for those renting you may need your landlord's permission to do these major home renovations. However, there are ways to go green without spending too much money on your home just as there are ways to plan home parties on a low cost budget.

Lowering your Energy Consumption

One option you have is to take advantage of your windows. One of the biggest killers when it comes to power consumption is poorly insulated windows that let a draft in during the winters. If you are suffering through a cold winter then you make up for this cold air coming through by cranking your furnace, thus equating to more money on your power bills.

Consider investing in draft stoppers for your doors and windows which are affordable and easy to install on any window or door. You can purchase them at any hardware shop and install them yourself. Draft stoppers will stop the drafts from seeping through the cracks in your windows, thus ensuring your home remains warmer during the winter months.

But what about those hot summer months? How can you stop using your air conditioner and still enjoy a comfortable and cool house? Air conditioning your home is a huge energy waster but for some people living in the South, it is a necessity. You can go green for less by investing in ceiling fans or even portable fans. Furthermore, make sure you keep your windows open during the day to let the natural breezes through.

If you are going to use your air conditioner make sure you clean the filters regularly to ensure it is working its best. Furthermore, only turn on air conditioner on at once. Shut all the windows and the doors to lock in the cool air in the room you are in. This will ensure that your air conditioner doesn't have to cool down the entire house and work twice as hard in order to do so.

Power Saving Households

Another option when it comes to going green is to invest in long lasting LED lights. Again, you can get these light bulbs at any hardware shop. They are a tad more expensive than traditional bulbs but they also last ten times longer and are much better for your electrical output and your energy costs. You are using much less power in your home. Make sure you also only use the lights in the room that you are in. Turn the lights off after you use the kitchen, the bathroom and the outdoor porch light to conserve energy and go green.

You can also go green around the home by wasting less water. Water consumption is a big problem in households across America. Think about different ways you can lower your water consumption. Take shorter showers; use your shower water to bathe the kids together; use the leftover bath water to water your plants around the house; turn the tap off when brushing your teeth; and avoid washing your car and sprinkling the lawn when there are water bans in place. All of these minor adjustments can help you go green around the house. Furthermore, you don't have to spend any money to do so.

Going green without spending too much money is completely possible. Minor adjustments make a big difference in your energy consumption and your electrical costs. Look for other ways to improve the sustainability of your home without dipping into your savings.

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