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Creating a green home doesn’t have to be difficult, or even break your bank. In fact, the littlest things can add up to big savings at the end of the year, as well as help the environment. So if you think installing huge solar panels is the only way to green up your space, you can breathe a little easier knowing these simple steps can save you energy, money and make your home a little more earth-friendly.

Change Your Laundry Habits
Always try to wait until you have a full load to throw in a wash, as this will shave some money off of your entire water bill. Using cold water instead of hot will also cut down costs by eliminating the need to heat the water. Line drying your clothing is another way to save energy, and you don’t even have to put your delicates outside. There are some alternative shower racks that can stay out of the way and ensure your clothing will dry easily indoors.

Unplug the Unnecessary
Phantom energy can add up to ten percent onto your power bill which can be eliminated by simply unplugging items you don’t utilize all the time such as a coffee maker or toaster. A simple, but effective way to save money, this will only take minutes a day to complete.

Switch Bulbs
Halogen lighting can cost over ten dollars a year per fixture on average, but if you switch to LED lighting, that sum is reduced to a little under two dollars per bulb. Savings can sure add up if you have a few light sources in each room of your home. Don’t forget to turn them all off at the end of the day!

Develop a Green Thumb
Planting a garden will not only reduce your carbon footprint, but can save you some money on groceries each month as well. Mom always said eat those veggies so make sure you plant what you will be sure to eat! Even a small pot of basil or a tomato plant on the windowsill can make an impact on the earth, as well as inside of your home. An outdoor garden will also absorb storm water, which in turn keeps rivers clean.

Utilize Rain Water
Keeping a barrel outside to collect rainwater is an excellent way to lower your water bill. Use the barrel to water your plants and lawn without the waste sprinklers give off. Have a company like PFC Equipment, Inc come examine your plumbing and waste water runoff to be sure you won’t get a flooded basement in future. They can attach to the gutter on the side of your home for easy utilization, or even a seal-less pump to be sure collected water won’t cause problems down the road.

Implementing just a few of these suggestions can make a world of difference, and a difference in the world. Once you see those savings start adding up, you will be motivated to keep at it. Good luck!