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Making your home environmentally friendly and conserving energy doesn’t have to mean big expensive solar panels and extra work. There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and turn on your green thumb. Here is a list of fun and easy ways to be more environmentally conscious when it comes to your home.

1) Open your blinds!
You can save 10% on heating when you open your blinds during the day to let the sunlight in (environmentally friendly and cost efficient). Not to mention you can turn on fewer lightbulbs to conserve energy. Did you know, natural light is also known to lift your mood… it’s a win win.

2) Party!
Yes… you heard that right. Invite lots of friends over, the more the merrier! Each person can generate the same amount of warmth as a 100-watt heater.

3) Magic Carpets
Placing rugs on hardwood floors can absorb heat and conserve energy to save 4-6% on your energy bill.

4) Buy Low Energy Appliances
Always purchase “Energy Star Qualified” appliances. These appliances use 10-50% less energy than regular appliances.

5) Grow Houseplants
Okay, this is where you can literally be green. Having houseplants can actually improve the air quality in your home and is also known to increase focus and improve creativity! Just don’t forget to water…

6) Repurpose
Get crafty with Pinterest and reuse and repurpose furniture in your home instead of throwing it out and buying new!

7) A Bright Idea
Always turn off the lights when you’re not using them. Installing sensors can help ensure lights are only on when they need to be. Using energy efficient lightbulbs (LED) can also help conserve energy and lower your electric bills.

8) Turn It Off
It’s hard to be energy conscious all the time but even the smallest things help. It’s as simple as turning off the tap while you brush your teeth and back on to rinse your toothbrush instead of letting it run. Lastly, always make sure the taps are turned off tightly. 182 litres of water a year is lost to leaky taps!

9) Showers > Baths
We all love our relaxing bath time; however we can give away our prune inducing tub time for a few more showers. A shower uses only 14% of the water used to fill a bathtub.

10) Cold Is Better
Okay, not always but in this case washing your clothes with cold water can prevent colours from bleeding and allow you to save money on your energy bill. Did you know, 85-95% of energy is used to heat water!

In conclusion, we can all do our part in making the world a better, greener place. These simple tips will not only help the environment and decrease your footprint but will provide cost savings as well!

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