Many thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring today's story and inspiring me to live a smarter and more eco-friendly lifestyle!
Since I've had kids, I have been much more aware of the harmful effects we are causing our environment and the waste we are leaving behind. I want my children to grow up respecting our planet, basking in it's beauty and preserving it for all generations to come. I know, I know it seems really hard (and expensive) to begin living a "greener" lifestyle but the truth is, it does not have to be. You don't have to run out right this minute and buy an electric car or install solar panels on your home but you can begin with the small things. It is a START and the small things can make a world of difference! So, here are some easy things my family has started to do to begin living an eco friendly lifestyle.
1. Use Energy Saving Light Bulbs. This is such a cheap and easy way to begin making your home eco friendly. ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL use 1/4 the energy of traditional bulbs and last 10 times longer! They are a little pricier then the incandescent bulbs but it will save you money in the long run. Changing just 15 of these bulbs throughout your home will not only save energy but also save you $50 a year.
2. Unplug Unused Devices from Electrical Sockets. A few common energy wasters are phone chargers, computers, printers and DVD players. Most importantly, if you plan on being away from your home for awhile (vacation, business trip), it would be worthwhile to go through your home and unplug all electronics/appliances that are not vital.
3. Conserve Water. In my home, we go by the good ole saying "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down." Other things we do to conserve water is to not run the water while brushing teeth, take baths and only run dishwasher on power saving mode. The conservation of water is important to the environment because the procedure to purify and recycle takes a massive amount of energy. So, conserve that water!!
4. Reduce Waste. We try to reduce the amount of waste whenever we can by reusing plastic containers, using reusable bags while shopping, paying bills online and recycling. This not only helps "save the environment" but also saves your pocket book in the process!
5. Invest in a Smart Thermostat. Have you ever left the house and forgot to turn your thermostat up/down to save on energy? No problem with a Smart Thermostat, they offer climate control, the convenience of programming away from home and so much more! Having a smart thermostat is a great way to save both money and time!
We have not switched over to the world of smart thermostats yet but it is next on our eco friendly list! I would love to invest in a plan like Direct Energy offers through their Meridian savings plan:
"When you sign up for the Meridian Savings Plan, you're combining the stability of a fixed electricity rate, the technology of a Honeywell Smart Thermostat, and the convenience of a smartphone app. And it all adds up to give you the chance to save up to 10% on your home electricity bill!
- -- Get Up to 3 FREE Meridian Smart Thermostats from Honeywell
- -- A competitively priced fixed energy charge
- -- A smartphone app to control your thermostat anytime, anywhere
- -- Available in Texas"
Do you live an eco friendly lifestyle? What are some ways you save energy in your home? For more energy saving tips visit Direct Energy Facebook page!