Looking to stay clean and green all summer long?
No sweat! We have you covered. Whether you’re hitting the outdoors for your favorite summer activities or keeping your home comfortable during the hottest months of the year, there are a few simple choices that can help make it your greenest summer yet.
Conserve energy with these tips.
Summer is one of the highest electricity usage periods of the year. Approximately 60% – 70% of the electricity you use is just for cooling your home. After you set up your home for success with an energy audit, consider implementing these new habits to give your A/C (and your energy consumption) a break.
Turn up your thermostat. For every degree below 78°F, you can expect about a 5% – 7% increase in your cooling costs.
Shut your blinds during the day. Also set them to send heat up toward the ceiling instead of down toward the floor.
Remember the 4-by-4 rule. If you’re going to be away for more than four hours, set the thermostat 4° higher.
Unplug your electronics. Stop vampire power from draining your wallet by putting your electronics on a power strip and unplugging when not in use.
Check your water heater. The ideal temperature for an energy-efficient water heater is 120°.
Embrace cooking outdoors. When you aren’t using your stove or oven to cook your meals, they aren’t heating up your home and causing your A/C to work overtime.
Looking for more ways to live green this summer?
Greening your summer doesn’t stop with saving energy. Both at home and on vacation, there are eco-friendly ways to help yourself and the planet.
Green your garden.
Many yards take more energy to maintain than they give back to the ecosystem. Use these tips to make your little patch of outdoors do more.Learn more >
Use environment-safe sunscreen.
Some summer staples are better for the environment than others, like sunscreen that doesn’t harm ocean life.See what to shop for >
Get out there with a conscience.
There’s nothing better than seeing the great outdoors for a little fun in the sun. Here’s how to make your summer adventure sustainable.Hit the trail >
Aim for zero waste.
Wherever you go and whatever you do, your goal should be to leave as little waste behind as possible.Find out how >