Save Green By Going Green At Home This Spring

Pretty much everyone these days understands the importance of protecting our environment and saving energy. With populations continuing to rise around the globe, natural resources dwindling, and entire eco-systems being torn apart, stabilizing our planet needs to be right at the top of every individuals priority list– after all, our future and the future of generations to come depends on it! The biggest obstacles that stand in the way of average person trying to make a difference (or at least trying not to make a negative impact on the planet) are budget constraints and general laziness. Luckily, there are a bunch of ways that you can reduce your home and families eco-print while saving money and energy (which will save you even more money).

You don’t need to install gigantic solar panels on your roof to make your home more energy efficient. There are very minor, low-cost, environmentally sound changes you can gradually make around your house that will really make a difference to your pocketbook and the planet.

Swapping out conventional light bulbs for the compact florescent variety will instantly decrease your lighting’s electricity consumption by 75%. They are significantly more expensive at the time of purchase than regular bulbs but they last much, much longer– years as opposed to months. This makes them a worthwhile change for every household because they don’t need to all be switched over at once. As your normal bulbs burn out, you can replace them with compact florescent ones. Gradually, your lights will get switched over and you will save more and more on your electric bill as well as cutting down on the energy used by your local electric company to generate power.

You can take this one simple step further by purchasing inexpensive timers for your outdoor lights to make sure they aren’t burning power when the lights are not needed. If you do happen to have some room in your budget, and are interested in the benefits of solar panels, they can be bought for significantly less if purchased second-hand.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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