Trying to save on resources in your home is not only economically logical, but it can be ecologically logical as well. Here are four ideas on how you can have both of these in your daily living.

1. Monitor how you use your water.

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For instance, when you’re brushing your teeth do you leave the water running while you’re actually brushing? One way to save on water is to start off with water in a cup or glass and then turn off the tap. When you brush your teeth, rinse with some of the water that’s in the cup, brush some more, and use more water that’s in the cup to rinse out your mouth and clean up your brush. That type of thing can save a lot of water over time.

The same thing goes for washing dishes. If you use a dishwasher, there’s often a setting for saving water. It uses less water to clean your dishes, and obviously it works otherwise the setting wouldn’t be there. You can also reduce water consumption if you’re washing your dishes by hand by not having the water on full while you’re doing them, instead stopping up water to wash and rinse the dishes with.

2. Unplug appliances you’re not using.

You might not know this, but any item that’s plugged in that’s not in use still uses a little bit of electricity. On its own an appliance that’s not in use probably isn’t costing you a lot of money, but if you have a lot of appliances that are plugged in that aren’t being used, it could start totaling up to some significant dollars. Of course significant dollars depends on the item that’s plugged in and how much electricity is in your area, but any waste that you can eliminate could help out.

3. Make sure your household products are in a well ventilated area.

It’s probably better if you can buy products that have very few chemicals in them to begin with, but if you’re going to buy some standard products you need to make sure that they’re kept in a very well ventilated area. The reason for this is that when certain chemicals mix with each other, even just fumes, they can create either poisonous or explosive gases, neither of which is good for your home. You should probably never keep any of these items in your bathroom either, though most people tend to keep these things under the sink which is another bad place for them. A well ventilated area might be something like a laundry room where you can put things on shelves instead of putting them in small enclosed cabinets. True, things can still mix, but the concentration levels will be much lower and therefore less dangerous.

4. Take advantage of some natural resources.

If you’re trying to warm up your house in the winter time and you have an area that has a lot of sun, open up your windows and let the sunlight help warm your house. If your house feel stuffy and you don’t have the ability to open up the doors and windows, add some plants to the room since they help to reduce carbon dioxide levels and increase oxygen levels. If you have a dry room, you can get some benefit by putting either pans or bowls of water in strategic areas as opposed to using humidifiers.

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