Sure, a clothesline might not be fancy, but it can have a significant effect in reducing your carbon footprint. By not using a dryer, you're reducing your energy consumption. Additionally, drying your clothes on a clothesline helps them to last longer, meaning that you'll need to buy clothes less often, further reducing the resources that you consume.
Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are an excellent step toward reducing your home energy usage. These bulbs can last 13 times longer than incandescents, so there's less landfill waste. As an added bonus, CFL bulbs can save you up to $40 in energy costs per year over incandescent bulbs.
Insulating your home is a great way to reduce the amount of energy you'll consume on temperature regulation. Basic insulation additions, like weatherstripping and even window insulation can go a long way toward keeping your home more comfortable. To further reduce your energy usage, try to only use your heat or air conditioning in more extreme temperatures.
Smart thermostats are Wifi-enabled, so you can remotely control them from your phone. These thermostats automatically adjust the temperature settings in your home when you're asleep or away. Additionally, these thermostats allow you to manage and track energy-use data to help minimize your energy use.
Going off grid? Heading out on a camping trip? Solar generators can give you the power that you need without ever hooking up to an electrical outlet. You'll find that solar generators come with different output rates, and these are accompanied by different price points. Solar generators allow you to harness the sun's energy no matter where you are.
Have a small load of dishes that doesn't quite fill your standard dishwasher? The Gota dishwasher is a perfect solution. This countertop dishwasher not only uses less energy than a standard dishwasher, but it's also designed to conserve water. It actually reclaims the water from the wash cycle for use in future washings. Pretty great!
Now even your cell phone can go green. Fairphone smartphones are made with conflict-free materials, and all electronic waste from the phone's production is recycled. But you don't have to sacrifice quality for eco-friendly production; this phone has great features including 2 SIM card slots and 32 GB of memory.
Have you heard of phantom power? It's the power that is used when an electronic device is plugged into an outlet but isn't actually turned on. Up to eight percent of your home's electricity bill can be due to phantom power. Investing in an energy saving power outlet can stop the usage of phantom power, and it's particularly helpful for devices that you can't easily unplug, like the TV.
Solar speakers are perfect for outdoor parties, but they also help you to conserve energy, too. These speakers charge as you listen to music. You won't have to worry about batteries or extension cords when listening to music outdoors, while camping, or while on the job site.
Whereas standard GPS units can help you to get from point A to point B, the Eco-Navigator takes things one step further. This satellite positioning system plugs into your car's diagnostic port. When using the Eco-Drive function, the Eco-Navigator provides data on how well your car performed and how much CO2 was emitted per mile on a trip. The Eco-Route mode will choose a route which will use as little fuel as possible to get you to your destination. It might not be the fastest option, but it will be the greenest.
The Bedol Water Alarm Clock uses no batteries and no electricity. In fact, it runs entirely on water. You only need to replace the water every six months (which is so much easier than replacing batteries — stupid batteries), and will never have to worry about oversleeping because of a power outage ever again.
Think of all of the batteries that you throw out each year. Batteries contain dangerous substances, including acid and lead, and none of that is great for any landfill. Rechargeable batteries dramatically cut down on waste, plus your battery bill will be decreased.
Mowing your lawn isn't the most earth-friendly activity. Lawnmowers rely on electricity or gasoline, plus they release unhealthy emissions. Until now. Solar lawnmowers may be the next big thing, and mean that you won't rely on electricity or gas each time you need to mow your lawn.
Showering and bathing can be a tremendous drain on water. Minimize your water usage by investing in a water conserving shower head. These shower heads can save you both water and money, while still providing a strong flow that will get you clean.
Love long showers? Unfortunately they're wasteful, since you'll go through extra water and your water heater will draw more electricity. A shower timer can help you to keep track of how long you've been in the shower, though, so you can conserve water and energy.