Earth mama

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

That's why I have compiled a list of tips from TheBAG Lady at that will help you green up your life and save money. There is still room in this gloomy economy to take care of the environment and it doesn't have to be another expense to your shrinking family budget.

  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. Set it at a temperature that is comfortable during the day. It can run a few degrees cooler at night and then return to the daytime setting as you're waking up.
  • Have the furnace and air conditioner serviced once a year to keep them running more efficiently.
  • Use caulk and weather stripping around any doors or windows that are letting air in or out.
  • Change air filters regularly.
  • Turn off lights, TVs and radios when you're not in the room.
  • Switch to fluorescent bulbs or the new energy saver bulbs. They will cost more up front but will save you big in the long run.
  • Unplug electronics when you will be away for a while. Plug them into power strips to make it easy to turn them on and off.
  • When running your dishwasher, set it to the water miser mode.
  • Let dishes air dry instead of running the heat drying cycle.
  • Lower your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Only run the washer and dishwasher when they are full.
  • Wash clothes in cold water.