Going Green and Going Solar


There are many reasons to go green, and some of the easiest ways to start are ways that benefit both you and the environment!  My family has been living an eco-friendly lifestyle for as long as we can remember and here are some of our tips, which range from small to large things you can do.

Use heating, cooling, and thermal curtains wisely.

Our house is on the cool side in the fall, winter, and spring months.  However, I stay comfortable with warm socks and a sweater and I can tell what a difference it makes in our heating bills.  And same with the AC – turn it up a few degrees and you will be saving money.  Using a programmable thermostat can make this particularly easy, for example low temperatures at night and waking up to a warm house.

You can also use thermal curtains very smartly in conjunction with your heating.  In the winter, I get the curtains open first thing in the morning to get the sun shining in the windows.  In the summertime, I close our thermal curtains to block the hot sun – it makes a big difference.

Line dry clothing.

I barely use my dryer, except for lightly fluffing laundry that needs some help going wrinkle-free, such as dress shirts.  The rest of my laundry goes out to dry in the sun in the summer, which helps brighten clothes and make them smell amazingly fresh.  In the cooler months I dry everything indoors, which helps to add a little humidity as well.


I had my compost bin set up as soon as we moved in.  This is such an easy way to reduce the amount of organic waste that goes in landfills, and you will be rewarded with beautiful soil that you can use for everything from gardening to planting flowers in pots.  My garden couldn’t have possibly thrived more in the years I used my own organic compost, and I have saved quite a bit of money from having to buy buys of soil.  Composting can also save you money if you pay for garbage removal by the size of your trash can, and may give you the chance to cut down on the cost of trash services.

Go Solar.

This is a big one. You can save thousands of dollars over the years on your utility bills, all while doing your part for the environment.  Solar has become very accessible to homeowners through companies like Sunrun, the #1 home solar company.

Sunrun believes that everyone should control their own power. We believe that instead of paying more and more each year for dirty power people should have a choice. We offer you a way to take control of your electric bill by installing home solar. You’ll get all the benefits of solar without having to spend a lot of money upfront: Get started for as low as $0 down, lock in low electricity rates for the next 20 years. Installation, monitoring, and repairs are fully covered.


Solar is something that really requires no effort on your part, and you can start saving immediately.  With Sunrun solar leasing, they handle all the details (from designing the system, installing it on your roof, monitoring the system’s production, and maintenance throughout the lifetime of the solar service agreement). And, you can get solar running as low as $0 down and save on monthly electricity costs immediately.  It really doesn’t get easier, and you can sit back and monitor output on your desktop, tablet or phone!

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  1. 1

    These are great tips for going green and going solar too!

  2. 2

    My mom would still line dry clothes on some days even with an dryer at home. I might have to start doing this myself.

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    Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love these tips. It is so much cheaper to go green sometimes too. I can’t hang clothes outside because of allergies but I can hang them in the house. Thanks for sharing.

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    We have solar for our pool and it works great. I would definitely be open to using it on my entire home.

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    We would LOVE to put some solar panels on our roof. The only reason we haven’t yet is the startup cost. Someday!

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    Maryann D. says:

    My husband has been looking into Solar for our home. I am starting to see houses in my neighborhood getting solar panels.

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