Thank you to Direct Energy for sponsoring today’s post, and encouraging me to share tips for a smarter home!
Whether you make small changes (like changing out your light-bulbs for those that are more energy efficient) or switching to the big things (new, efficient, Energy Star® appliances), making changes as a family to make life more “green” is always a step in the right direction!
Here are a few of our tips for an eco-friendly home:
With warmer weather around the bend and our first full summer in this big backyard, I’m excited to start taking on some fun ways to “greenify” our living spaces. Our first order of business is to build in a big garden – think veggies and fruits to share. I already had the boys start working on clearing out the rocks and I’m making plans to head to Home Depot Soon! I love the thought of growing our own vegetables and being able to go out and pick what we need for dinner or lunch that day. It’s a great way to save money and help greenify the planet!
Another way I love to give back is by using reusable shopping bags when I head out to the grocery store. I always keep some handy in my car for unexpected trips, a few hanging on the last door we walk out of in order to grab them before we go and I also use them frequently to return items to friends or to carry our sports equipment instead of buying a brand new bag just for that purpose.
With our thermostat going downwards, my hubby also just got the reminder to change out our air filters. Doing so every 1-3 months can decrease energy costs since your furnace does not have to work as hard to blow the air out. Our smart thermostat sends out the reminders and we just have to remember to do it! (Consider the Direct Energy Smart Thermostat!)
One other way we keep ourselves in check is by unplugging energy sucking devices when not in use – think computer, printer, DVD player, phone charger, and any attached to a power strip! Proud to say that I’ve been doing this for a while and always try to find ways to reduce our costs and save on energy!
How do you save energy in your own home? Do you have ways you love to “greenify” things? For even more tips, check out Direct Energy!