3. Unplug devices when you’re not using them
Simply unplugging unused devices such as your TV can be a big energy saver. Many electronics consume energy even when they’re not on. This “phantom energy” loss can add 5 to 10 percent to your energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, costing the average household $100 per year. Try this green living fix: Plug multiple electronics in a room into one power strip and switch it off when the devices aren’t in use.
4. Create natural shade
Planting a fast-growing tree will not only shade your house so you can use less AC, but it also will help absorb airborne carbon dioxide. Another green living perk: It’ll increase your property value over time. Planting trees west and northwest of your home will provide mid- to late-afternoon shade in most locations, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
5. Go paperless
Paying your bills online, managing your bank account online, receiving publications in your inbox rather than your mailbox and using an app to see your insurance documents—these actions are not only convenient, but they also prevent a lot of paper waste.