27 Things You Can Do At Home

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  1. Turn off your electric blanket if you’re not in bed.
  2. Install skylights when possible to use natural light in your home or office.
  3. When no one is home, turn the air conditioner up or the heater down.
  4. Make sure your fire-place damper is shut when not in use. It will prevent warm or cool air from escaping.
  5. Only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load.
  6. Install low-flush toilets.
  7. Install low-flow shower heads.
  8. Use a shorter cycle on your dishwasher.
  9. If washing dishes by hand, fill one side of the sink with soapy water, and the other with clean. This saves more water than leaving the faucet running.
  10. Change out your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent energy saving bulbs, and properly recycle spent fluorescent bulbs, they contain mercury and are hazardous waste.
  11. Take a shorter shower.
  12. Reduce your junk mail. Cancel subscriptions to mail outs you don’t want anymore. Try to be put on an e-mail list when possible.
  13. Insulate your home.
  14. Install a clean burning natural gas or propane fireplace or stove instead of wood.
  15. Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  16. Wash clothes and dishes with cold water when possible.
  17. If you have a newer dishwasher, don’t rinse your dishes before loading.
  18. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  19. Turn your water temperature down to 120 degrees.
  20. Close curtains and blinds on cold days.
  21. Take showers, not baths. A five-minute shower will use about 7.5 gallons of hot water, while filling a bathtub can use up to 20 gallons.
  22. Don’t leave the refrigerator door open. Every time it’s opened, up to 30% of the cooled air can escape.
  23. Don’t open the oven to check what you’re baking. Turn the light on and look through the window to prevent hot air from getting out.
  24. Use lids on pots and pans to reduce cooking times, and don't put a small pan on a large burner.
  25. Make your own cleaning products. White vinegar and tea tree oil do the trick without using harmful chemicals in your home.
  26. Change your furnace filter every 1-3 months.