With Earth Day quickly approaching, I re-evaluate how our family can save electricity not just to help our planet for generations to come but to save money too! I am a huge fan of line drying cloth diapers and clothing. Certain items I do line dry but all my kids shirts, shorts, pants and cloth diapers I line dry.
~ I started line drying clothing when my 1st child was about 1-year-old. I originally didn’t start line drying to be “green” I did it because I noticed even the really nice name brand clothing was shrinking in the dryer. I knew that we wanted more than one child and if the clothes were to be passed down I didn’t want everything shrunk. Then I started cloth diapering when our 2nd baby was born and my love for line drying changed to not only saving money but to be more green. A lot of people say it’s too much work to line dry, I say no it’s not. Did you know you can save 5 to 10% off your energy bill by line drying?
~ When you do to use the dryer, run full loads, use the moisture-sensing setting, and clean the clothes dryer lint trap after each use. Save 5%
~ I also wash all our clothing in cold water except bed sheets and cloth diapers. Plus you can save another 4% by using cold water
~ When using your dishwasher wash in a full load and instead of pressing that dry button open the door of the dishwasher and let air dry.
~ Turn off all appliances when not using them, that saves you 2% off your energy bill!
~ Did you know that even when you are not using and appliance and it’s still plugged it you are still using electricity? You can save another 10-15% off your energy bill by unplugging them!
~ Dirty filters can restrict airflow which can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. We replace our air filters monthly which can save you 1-2% off your energy bill!
~ Use Energy Star products
~ Tint your windows or have an awning type system, plant a tree, bushes or shrubs in areas that would increase shade covering in your home. You could save 5%!
What money-saving green tips do you use to save off your energy bill this Earth Day?