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There is a multitude of ways to help the environment from the comfort of your own household. Some require little to no thought or energy to do, while others require more time and dedication to complete. Either way, there are some actions you can take to make a difference in your own household. Continue reading below to see a few things you can do at home to help the environment. Don’t wait—get started today!

Always Recycle

Everybody knows this one, but does everybody do it? Unfortunately, no. Do your part and recycle. Not only does this mean that you should be sorting your waste products to separate the recyclable items from those that are not, but it also means reusing and repurposing items when applicable.

This allows you to help the environment from the comfort of your own home while simultaneously making your life easier! Repurposing and reusing products—if done properly and consistently—can help you save money. And who doesn’t love that?

Pay Attention to Your SEER

For those of you who don’t know what SEER is, it is the “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” This is the measurement of air conditioning efficiency. So, how do you know if your SEER rating is good? The higher the rating, the higher the efficiency, which ultimately leads to a lower electricity bill. This is a simple way to do your part in bettering the environment.

Utilize Your Windows

Instead of keeping your AC or heat on, utilize your windows (when weather permitting). Just remember to draw back the shades and let the light in on the cold days and keep them closed when it is super hot outside. This will allow you to have better control of the overall temperature.

Reduce Water Usage

Another way you can do your part to help the planet is to pay attention to the water usage in your house. Do you take long showers? Is there a small leak anywhere? Actively cutting back on how long you run water for as well as fixing those small leaks will lower your water bill and help the environment.

Unplug Appliances

While this might be annoying, it really does make a difference regarding the energy used in your home. In fact, if you leave a TV plugged in while it is off, it still uses 30% of the power. We’re not saying you have to unplug every appliance when you aren’t using it; however, doing that when you know it won’t be getting used for a long period is key.

All these recommendations above will help you do your part to help the Earth. Follow these things you can do at home to better the environment. Don’t wait—help the world today!

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.