These days, it’s not enough to just green your home. As work and other obligations seemingly dictate our lives, there’s no reason why you can’t work your green lifestyle into your busy schedule. As a city dweller, I am always on the go.
If your refrigerator is older than 1993, you can save up to $200/year by upgrading to a newer energystar model. That means it will pay for itself in 3-5 years!
Most of the energy (about 90%) used by a clothes washer is used to heat the water. An energystar energy efficient clothes washer uses about half of the water of a conventional washer, which means you only need half as much energy to heat the water. Half as much energy means more money in your pocket!
There is an old myth that it is better to wash dishes by hand rather than that big piece of machinery we call a dishwasher. However, more and more information is showing that even the most skilled hands cannot out-wash the new energystar dishwashers. Some dishwashers even use “Soil Sensor” technology that measures how dirty the dishes are then optimizes the amount of water being used.
Many of us have costly gym memberships that can be a major expense each month. I generally wouldn’t advocate cancelling a gym membership, since having one in and of itself is a personal feat, but in an economic downturn, possibly having to cancel your gym membership is a reality. In addition to a financial drain, there are environmental downsides as well.
As the weather is just beginning to warm up across the country Memorial Day only a few weeks away, barbecues across the United States are igniting. While you might think that the environmental effects of barbecuing for the entire family doesn’t add up to much, consider the fact that millions are tossing burgers, chicken and vegetables on the grill.
Moms are a wonderful thing, and since they only get one day a year for acknowledgement, you better make sure that you don’t forget. Mother’s day, on May 10th this year, is coming up rather quickly, and before you know it, you’ll be standing in a card aisle at Hallmark with about a half hour until Sunday Brunch.