Wash laundry in cold water
Save money – cold beats hot every time! Modern detergents use enzymes that kick into effect at 60°F. For even more savings, toss a couple of tennis balls in your dryer to reduce drying time, line-dry when possible and run machines outside of peak energy hours of 4-6pm. GreenSpot qualifying tip!
Switch to LED bulbs
LED bulbs should be every homeowner’s best friend. They last 25x longer than traditional bulbs and save over $1000 over a 10 year period. GreenSpot qualifying tip!
Composting your food, paper towels, coffee grounds, yard waste etc. will not only reduce methane-buildup in our landfills and free up our shrinking landfills, but it will also reduce energy costs associated with treating city water for food dumped in your garbage disposer or transporting it to landfills. For a collection program, please visit Compost Exchange. GreenSpot qualifying tip!
GreenSpot Community Backyards for available rebates on native trees, plants, and rain barrels.
Let the air flow
Clean or replace air filters on your refrigerator, exhaust fans, HVAC and all other systems a few times a year. Dirty filters make your systems work harder and longer. A clean filter will also prevent dust from entering and damaging the unit, avoiding costly maintenance or repairs.
Upgrade to ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR products are designed for performance at peak efficiency, bringing homeowners 10-50% savings in energy costs. For product and rebate information, visit ENERGY STAR. GreenSpot qualifying tip!
Dial up the fanfare
Using a ceiling fan in the summer will allow you to lower your air conditioning temperature by 4°F with no reduction in comfort. GreenSpot qualifying tip!
Skip handwashing dishes
Running a full dishwasher uses less energy (and water) than washing by hand. Use the air dry setting instead of heat, and leave the door open after the final cycle to get rid of any residual moisture.
Columbus and recycling were made to go together! Learn more about RecyColumbus, the city’s residential recycling program here. GreenSpot qualifying tip!