What are the easiest and cheapest ways I can make my home more energy efficient?

Energy efficiency is a catch phrase of our day. With the looming global warming crisis, fluctuating oil prices, habitat destruction and environmental degradation. Amidst all the doom and gloom an " I can't make a difference" thought can prevail. But you can make a difference. Here's how, I will create this hub with three headings: Reduce, Reuse and recycle. The three Rs of the environmental lobby.

Reduce:

In the West in the last 50 years we have become consummate consumers. Our fragile earth cannot support this ceaseless demand for "stuff". The answer to this is to THINK about your purchases before you make them. Here are some pointers:

  • Plan your food menus for the week, and make a list before you go shopping. You will then not make impulse buys and you will use all the food that you buy
  • Take your own plastic bags/ or other bags to put your food in after its purchased
  • Create a herb garden/veggie patch so your food can be transported by you and your legs instead of by trucks
  • Don't buy food out of season as it has to transported from a long way away to get to you
  • Support local farmers and businesses as you don't have to go as far for the product or the service
  • Think about your large home purchases do you really need a plasma TV? new Ipod, new lounge suite or are you just mindlessly consuming?
  • Don't Buy furniture that has been created from virgin rain-forest
  • Don't use electrical water systems use gas or even better solar power
  • Install fluorescent light bulbs and don't leave the lights on when you are not in the room.
  • Beware of vampire appliances that "suck" electricity when you are not using them eg the TV when its on stand by
  • Put on a jumper instead of putting on the heater
  • Close the curtains at night to keep the heat in
  • Invest in double or triple glazing to decrease heat loss/increase from windows
  • Insulate your home
  • Wash your clothes in cold water
  • Don't leave the tap running when you wash up or brush your teeth
  • Time your showers
  • Wash your kids together (age appropriate) or recycle bath water
  • Hang your clothes on the line don't use the drier
  • Eat left overs for lunch or take your own
  • Make your own bread
  • Make your own yogurt
  • In summer keep the curtains drawn during the hottest time of the day. Set your air con on a timer so it turns on when you get home and off at 4 am in the morning.
  • Install Solar cells for electricity
  • Use gas for cooking and heating
  • Only buy the clothes that you need and think about passing on your old clothes or buying second hand ones. Never throw clothes away donate them, or use them for rags.
  • Wash your dish clothes out and use rags to wipe up spills not paper towel.
  • Use newspaper/old office paper to wrap up ladies sanitary items instead of toilet paper
  • Read newspapers on line dont buy them
  • Use a library intead of buying books keep a tract of the books that you have read through shelfari

Reuse:

  • Wash bottles and jars and reuse them
  • Keep electronic items until they no longer work and then have them fixed
  • Water from your baths/showers/laundry on the garden
  • Use old washing detergent containers by buying refills
  • Use old milk containers as mini green houses in your garden
  • Use old egg cartons (paper ones) as seed raining pots
  • Use Ice cream containers as boxes for other items
  • Buy tupperware and reuse it intstead of cling wrap
  • Before you discard somethink THINK could I use this again?

Recycle:

  • Use the supplied recycling that your council does
  • if you dont have recyling see if you can organise some even if its a compost heap or a worm bin for your office scraps
  • Be sure to follow the councils recycling rules
  • help others become more environmentally friendly

In this hub I guess thatI have gone a little off topic but I think that energy conservation is important and can so easily be implemented with just a little fore-thought. Here are some links to use full sites:

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MarloByDesign 7 years ago from United States

Nice hub! I especially agree with "make a list before you go shopping" and "Wash your dish clothes out and use rags to wipe up spills not paper towel."


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K.D. Clement 7 years ago from USA

Great answer to my question Anna! Thank you. I am going to bookmark this. Very well thought out and well written.

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