According to the National Resource Defense Council, a typical American home uses 800 kilowatts of electricity running their clothes dryer. Instead of machine-drying all your stuff, set up a clothesline in your backyard or on your balcony and let your sheets and clothes air dry. The amount of energy the appliance consumes depends on the brand and age of your clothes dryer, but air-drying will help you save a little cash on your electric bill too. If you don’t have outdoor space, consider setting up a drying rack in the laundry room, a bathroom, or any well-ventilated area of your home.
Let exercise do double-duty
If you live close enough to work or errands, consider walking, running, or biking to work to keeping one more car off the road and burn calories to boot. If you live too far from work to get there by foot or bike, consider carpooling with a coworker who lives nearby, or research public transportation options. According to the EPA, a typical passenger vehicle emits 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year so each day you’re off the road you’re conserving cash and carbon. Not only can green living help your wallet and the environment, but it also makes you healthier, too.