In April, we celebrate Earth Day, an annual event supporting environmental protection. Make going green a family affair by changing your home habits to increase energy efficiency. Implement small or big changes to make a huge difference.


  • Unplug electronics and chargers when not in use.
  • A new laptop uses 85% less electricity than a desktop computer.
  • Whenever possible, read documents on your computer instead of printing them.


  • Try a shampoo bar instead of liquid shampoo for less plastic packaging.
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth.
  • Invest in eco-friendly toilet paper, such as Betterway Bamboo Toilet Paper.
  • Switch to a certified low-flow shower head to save 2,700 gallons of water a year.

Living Room

  • Light emitting diodes (LEDs) use up to 90% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
  • Look for window treatments that prevent heat loss in the winter and deflect the sun’s rays to keep your home cooler in the summer.
  • Energy vampires are devices that use energy and drain power, even when turned off. These include chargers, video game consoles and cable boxes. Put devices on a power strip, and flip them off when you aren’t using them.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to adjust the times you turn on the heating or air-conditioning according to a pre-set schedule.


  • Looking into buying a new car? Reduce CO2 emissions with electric and hybrid cars.
  • Check that the garage door has an intact gasket running its entire width, which helps seal the door to the floor and keeps the weather out.
  • Seal any potential leaks in the walls of your garage.

Laundry Room

  • Add reusable wool dryer balls to your laundry instead of single-use dryer sheets.
  • Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.


  • Decorate spaces using paint without volatile organic compounds, which are carbon-containing organic chemicals. Check for a Greenguard certification.
  • Cut down on energy usage by using your ceiling fan.
  • Inspect your bedroom windows every year, and re-caulk any gaps that you find.
  • Set up your television’s sleep mode, so your TV will turn off automatically.

Kid’s Bedroom/Nursery

  • Reduce waste by switching to cloth diapers (at least part time if you don’t feel you can commit). Find cloth diapers at
  • Think long-term. Invest in furniture that can adapt as your child ages. Some cribs can convert into bed frames.
  • Purchase fabrics made from eco-friendly and sustainable materials, such as cotton, hemp or linen.


  • Compost your food scraps, coffee grounds, leaves, paper towels and newspapers to turn them into soil for your yard. Learn how to compost at
  • Don’t peek at your meals – your oven’s temperature drops about 25 degrees every time you open the door.
  • Match your pots and pans to the burner. A six-inch pan on an eight-inch electric burner will waste more than 40% of the heat produced, and food will take longer to cook.
  • Use small electric pans, toaster ovens or convection ovens for small meals rather than your large stove or oven. A toaster or convection oven uses one-third to one-half as much energy as a full-sized oven.

Learn more energy-saving tips and how to do a DIY home energy assessment at

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