Simple Ways to Green Your Home for Free

Some of the easiest ways to go green on a budget don’t involve buying anything at all. There are plenty of ways to make strides toward a green home without ever opening your wallet, such as:

  • Auditing your consumption habits (or maybe your storage space) to decide if you tend to make unnecessary purchases
  • Reducing the household resources you use:
    • Keep lights and non-essential appliances off until needed
    • Use blinds and windows before furnaces and air conditioners to regulate temperature
    • Turn the thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer
    • Check out our water saving tips for easy ways to conserve water
    • Turn your water heater thermostat down to 120 degrees
    • Wash clothes in cold water
    • Clean your refrigerator coils so they cool more easily (especially if you have hairy pets!)
  • Maximizing fuel savings by leaving the car in the garage and taking up bike commuting
  • Starting a compost pile and turn your kitchen and yard waste into valuable garden soil fertilizer
  • Recycling everything you can – even computers and cell phones can be recycled now
  • Going paperless with your bills
  • Cleaning out your car – driving around with extra weight reduces gas mileage
  • Checking the library for books, music and magazines before rushing out to buy them yourself
  • Washing and reusing zip-lock bags


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