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6 Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

What words come to mind when you hear the term eco-friendly living? For many, it’s “expensive” or “inconvenient.” While that may have been the case 20 years ago, it’s far from the truth today.

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Now more than ever, it’s so easy to make your home more eco-friendly. In fact, you may already be living a more eco-friendly lifestyle than you thought. And best of all, most of these tips and tricks will actually save you money. Talk about a win-win!

1. Use the dishwasher.

Yes, you read that right! We have good news for whoever is on dinner dish duty — running the dishwasher (when full) uses less water than hand washing each dish does.

2. Use cloth napkins.

A 2017 study discovered that 242 million Americans use paper napkins the most (assuming each person uses at least one napkin a day for 365 days). Even without doing the math, it’s pretty clear that that’s a lot of wasted napkins. Switching to reusable cloth napkins can cut that number down significantly and reduce your number of trips to the corner market.

3. Use the smallest appliance possible.

In the mood for a midnight snack or the second half of your sandwich from lunch? Whenever you can, use the smallest electrical appliances in your kitchen. So instead of preheating your entire oven to 350 degrees for two slices of bread and a few cuts of meat, stick it in the toaster oven or microwave.

4. Switch to LED lights.

When compared to incandescents, LED lights last longer, are far more durable, save you money, are less harsh on your eyes, and don’t produce any noise or heat — need we say more?

5. Go low-flow.

Low-flow toilets and shower heads use far less water than traditional fixtures. Best of all, you’d never notice it because the water pressure is still just as strong.

6. Compost.

In all honesty, this is definitely one of the more extreme measures on our list, but it’s certainly doable! If you have space, designate a small section (some compost piles are as small as 1 square foot) of your backyard to compost. Did you know you can compost:

  • Fruit and vegetable peels and scraps
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee filters
  • Natural tea bags
  • Spoiled soy/rice/almond/coconut milk

If you experience any problems with your home plumbing or heating systems this year, don’t hesitate to give Dean’s a call. Our professional technicians are here to help keep things running efficiently.

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