Winter is getting closer and closer and with it are several things we can do to be a little greener. Some reminders for fall:
- Cooler temperatures mean that your tire pressure will be lower in the cooler mornings. Save your tires and some gas by making sure your tire pressure is correct for your car.
- Wear a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat.
- If you can, invest in a programmable thermostat and set your temperatures lower at night. Add a blanket or two to your bed.
- Be sure to change your furnace filter as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees F (49 Celsius) instead of the 140 degrees that is probably your default temperature. For every 10 degrees you lower your water heater temperature you save between 3-5 % in utility costs. While you’re at it, save even more money by making your water heater cozy with a water heater blanket (available at most hardware stores).
- Keep air pollutants to a minimum by using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice as cleaners. (Boil vinegar or water in your microwave then just wipe clean. No need for chemicals!)
- Replace weather stripping in your doors as necessary. If you have a draft coming in under exterior doors, replace the threshold or block the draft with a rolled up towel or blanket.
- Reverse the direction on your ceiling fan so that the warm air is circulated in the room without giving you a “wind chill” effect.
- Place foam gaskets on the outside wall electrical outlets.
- Get your chimney cleaned if you have a fireplace and have your vent systems checked to prevent house fires.
- Keep your car parked in the garage if you have one. You’ll eliminate the need to run the engine to warm up your car and save fuel.
Do you have any other great tips for being eco-friendly this fall? Please tell us! We can all benefit from reminders.
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