Four Quick Tips: Live Greener, Save Energy

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Vowing to live greener and save energy is easy. Following through might be a bit more challenging.

Good news: more and more companies are offering cheap green products to make a greener lifestyle easier. Here are four fast, inexpensive ideas to live greener and start saving.

Cost: $10-$60
Installation time: About 30 minutes
Skip the electric clothes dryer in summer. In the Texas summer heat, clothes dry outdoors almost as fast as you can hang them up. Whether you’ve got a big backyard or a small apartment balcony, there are lots of nifty pop-up and umbrella clotheslines to fit every space. Not only will you avoid using electricity to dry your clothes, your air conditioner won’t have to fight the heat your dryer generates either.

Outdoor Lighting Timers & Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights
Cost: Around $15-$20
Installation time: About 10 minutes
If you like having outdoor lighting to spruce up your home’s evening curb appeal, outdoor lighting timers are a handy gadget to have. Set your timer to turn your outdoor lights off once you go to bed so they don’t stay on all night. Another option is to use solar-powered outdoor lighting that automatically shuts off when the sensors detect ambient lighting.

Water-Conserving Showerheads
Cost: Around $30-$60
Installation time: About 10 minutes
Love taking long showers? Not only do you use up a lot of water, you’re also using energy to heat that water. Switch out old showerheads and replace them with water-conserving showerheads. The new designs make showers just as enjoyable but dispense only a percentage of the water old showerheads do.

CFL and LED lighting
Cost: Varies
Installation time: About 5 minutes
Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs last 25 times as long as traditional incandescent light bulbs while compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs last 10 times as long. LED and CFL bulbs not only last longer but also consume less energy than incandescent bulbs. With proper disposal of old unused bulbs, LEDs and CFLs make for a greener alternative.

What simple steps have you to live greener? Please share your ideas with us.