How To Make Your Home More Environment Friendly

Last Revised on January 23, 2008

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It is estimated that the average U.S. household blows out 26,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air every year. There are so many simple steps that we can take to cut down the carbon dioxide emission:

1. Use electricity power strips. A lot of people don’t seem to know that unlike lights bulbs, our common household electronics like TV, computer, VCR and household appliances use electricity even when they are shut off. Power adapter remains on, which is called phantom power. To save that money — and the environment — we should use power strips, and turn them off with an ease.

2. Buy fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are twisted like a soft-serve ice cream cone and it turns on instantly and cast a warm light. Even though they are much more expensive (around $5 a piece), but they use about a quarter of the electricity of a traditional incandescent bulb and last 10 times as long, so they end up saving you a ton of money.

3. Buy polyester. A recent study by some Cambridge University scientists found that — over their respective lives — a polyester blouse uses about 45% of the energy of a cotton T-shirt.

4. Start doing compost. Disposing of garbage by either dumping it in landfills or by recycling it takes energy. You can save that energy, and feed your garden, by using it for compost instead. No room in your garden? Or no garden at all? Get a worm composter; it will turn your kitchen scraps and shredded newspapers into rich, dark soil that your houseplants will love.

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