This post is sponsored by Apartment Guide.
You may still have snow on the ground, but summer is right around the corner for we Texas folks. And for us, summer means one thing – extremely high electric bills. Our poor air conditioning units go to work full time by May, and it’s all we can do to balance not sweating while sitting on the couch and being able to pay our bills.
So, here in Lindsay Land, we have a few little projects under way that I am hoping will save us some money and give a little help to the environment in the process. I am partnering with Apartment Guide in their “Green Up a New Space” Blogger Challenge, and making some easy changes that will help us in both the long and short-terms.
“Apartment Guide?,” you are thinking. “Isn’t that the little magazine that features all of the apartments around town? You don’t live in an apartment!” It sure is and I sure don’t. But, AG has tons of tips for decorating, healthy living and making most of your space, regardless of where you live. They have really great information for people living in any sized home.
One thing I’ve learned from them is that going green doesn’t have to cost you a lot of green. There are honestly a lot of little changes you can make around your house that will have a big impact. For instance, adding a cute recycling can in your trash area will help you remember to recycle, thus cutting down on tons of items going to the landfill.
Apartment Guide asked me to make a few changes in my home and share them with you. I’ll be honest, Tom and I had a great time coming up with a list of possibilities:
- Replace our thermostats with programmable thermostats
- Exchange our incandescent bulbs with Compact Florescent Bulbs (CFLs)
- Install a energy efficient pet door to replace our non-efficient door
- Purchase bamboo sheets and/or towels instead of the new cotton ones we were planning to purchase
- Bring in some house plants
- Find inexpensive heat-blocking window covering options
- Buy a new LCD TV to replace the old CRT TV in our bedroom
Okay, so maybe we were pushing it with that last one. One day I will figure out how to make that dream a reality!
If you were asked to make some inexpensive changes around your home to make it more green, what would you choose? I’ll reveal what we did shortly, so you’ll want to check back here. In the meantime, go ahead and “Like” Apartment Guide on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for real-time tips and updates on making the most of your space — you’re going to want to tell me that you’ve already done that very soon (hint! hint!).
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