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There are a lot of things that you can do at home that can make your energy efficiency better. Having plants around the place is terrific for cleaning the surrounding in your home. You can actually lower the amount of pollutants in your household by half just by having plants around the home.peace lilies Plants that are fantastic at absorbing poisonous gases such as benzene and formaldehyde are English ivy and peace lilies. Get plants that are not poisonous if you have pets or little kids.

English ivyYou can save water by doing things like using less water when you are bathing. It’s better to bathe than to shower because you use less water. If you just have to shower, keep it very short. If you install a low-flow shower head and faucet, you will be able to save up to 50% on water use. Going with the new lavatories that use less water can be a superb idea as well.

You can really conserve a god amount of water with the low-flush toilets and they create less greenhouse gases. If you don’t have the money to buy a new toilet, you can use a plastic water bottle with the cap on which can throttle the water used with every flush.

lavatories that use less waterSave money by getting your appliances or electronics fixed rather than having them replaced, unless you can get the newer energy-saving models. If you repair old appliances, not only will you save money, but they won’t land in the landfills. You can avoid wasting energy by hanging your clothes out to dry instead of putting them in a dryer. More than 400 loads of laundry are done by the typical home in a year, and that takes a great deal of energy to dry that many clothes. By choosing to dry your clothes on a rack, you can save a considerable amount of electricity each year. Clothes-lines now come in many different styles that are easily movable, and when not in use can be put in storage. They may be put in open air on a deck or patio depending on the weather.

dry your clothes on a rackWhen you take medications, it is likely that you have bottles of pills that you didn’t finish. These are likely in your cabinet with expired dates for use. Never flush the expired drugs down the toilet as they can get into the water supply and harm someone. What you should do instead is take the expired pills to a drugstore and they will be able to get rid of it for you.

If you have a hearth, avoid wasting the heat, instead burn more efficiently using a direct-vent gas fireplace. Nearly 85% of the gas used in a hearth is wasted. The worst type is the wood-burning fireplace since the heat is drawn up into the chimney. If this occurs, make sure that you have  the right settings so that the heat  won’t escape  your home.
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