Being green doesn’t just have to stop when you leave work for the day.
Socket has many great tips and resources for you to translate sustainable living best practices
into your everyday life at home!

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Ways to Save Energy


Turn out the lights when you leave a room or leave home

  • Saving money on your home energy bills is something we all want to do.There are many things you can do to put a few extra dollars in your pocket each month, while also helping the environment.



Make use of natural light whenever possible.

  • Leave the lights off. If just 200 people in Nashville found one light they could turn off for 24 hours, they could save as much as 300 kWh. 2,000 people could save up to 2,500 kWh.


Turn your thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer when you leave for work.

  • Even just a few degrees’ adjustment can make a big difference. Socket recommends keeping the temperature at 68 in the winter and 72 or higher in the summer.

  • Or buy a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts or can be timed for your schedule.


Unplug electronics when not in use.

  • This is especially important if you’re going out of town for multiple days



Set your water heater to a lower temperature.

  • Some water heater thermostats come preset to 140 degrees, which can cost you more money. Make sure your water heater is set to 120 degrees.

  • This is also recommended to help prevent accidental scalding and burns from water that is too hot – especially important with little ones around.



Do your laundry with cold water. You save energy and your clothes get clean.  

  • 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine goes toward water heating. (Energy Star)



Be mindful of energy use when cooking.

  • A six-inch pan on an eight-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the stove's energy.

  • Use pots the same size as your burners. Use lids when possible so you can cook at a lower temperature.



Adjust the shades on your windows.

  • In the summer, draw the shades to prevent summer's heat from entering. In winter, open shades and drapes during the sunshine of the day, and close them when the sun goes down to hold warmth in your home.



Get a home energy audit and look for financial incentives to make energy efficiency improvements to your home.

Various organizations in Nashville offer incentives and other education resources to help make a home energy audit or retrofits more feasible:





Ways to Reduce Waste



Avoid disposable items when possible.

  • Instead maintain and repair durable products or reuse disposable items for different use.



Purchase products with minimal packaging or that are made of recycled materials.

  • Your consumer choices matter. The more demand for products with sustainable materials, the more affordable they will become.



Bring your own reusable bags whenever you go shopping.

  • Whether you have to buy some groceries or a new pair of shoes, bringing your own reusable bag is a great way to reduce your waste and carbon footprint. 

  • In the U.S., we use more than 380 billion plastic bags and wraps yearly, requiring 12 million barrels of oil to create.



 Reuse or recycle bags and containers whenever possible.

  • If you can’t find a use for a plastic bag, check to see if your local grocery store collects them or re-use them as trash or doggie poo bags.


Purchase secondhand clothes, furniture, and other items.

  • Buying something used means that no virgin materials had to be extracted and used to produce whatever you are purchasing. It’s the second “R” in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”!

  • When you buy something that is second-hand, you stop it from ending up in the landfill by reusing it first. After you’re done with it, try to pass it along to someone else so this sustainable cycle can live on. 



Recycle everything you can in your curbside recycling.

  • Remember, curbside recycling is picked up once a month in Nashville and it is single stream so you don’t have to sort out different types of materials.

  • If you don’t have curbside recycling, Nashville has multiple recycling drop-­off sites located throughout the county.


Stop food waste.

  • Learn tips to save food, including freezing techniques, shopping guidelines, meal planning, and more from


Compost remaining food and yard waste.


Don’t throw hazardous waste in the trash.

  • Hazardous waste includes items such as gasoline, pesticides, oil based paint and electronics.

  • Davidson County residents can take these items for recycling to the household hazardous waste facility. See this list of all acceptable items at the  household  hazardous waste  facilities.



Report illegal dumping or littering to hubNashville



Participate in planned Neighborhood Clean-ups or organize your own.



Adopt a Street, Highway, Stop or Stream

Take part in one of the following beautification efforts through Public Works


Ways to Save Water



Use Metro Water Services as a community resource.



Only run the dishwasher when it’s completely full.

  • If you don’t have a dishwasher, plug up the sink or use a wash basin instead of running water


Choose the shower over a bath and keep it short.

  • Showering uses less water than a bath if you watch the time.



Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.

  • This way you are only running the tap when you actually need water.



Install low flow faucets and showerheads.

  • Low flow faucet aerators and showerheads are inexpensive, maintain water pressure, and save you water and money.

  • Low flow appliances may cost more upfront, but the water you will conserve will save you money down the road.



Fix household leaks immediately.

  • Small household plumbing leaks can quickly add up to gallons a day. Wasting water needlessly uses electricity.

  • In large cities, the biggest draw on electricity is supplying water to residents and cleaning up the water after it has been used.

  • Take a good look at your water bill every month. Unusually high use could mean you have an undetected leak.



Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator.

  • Have cold water at the ready instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.


Only run the laundry machine when it’s a full load.

  • Or if you have the option on your machine, set it to the appropriate load size selection.



Sweep your driveway rather than hosing it off.

  • Use a hose with a cut off nozzle when washing your car or watering your plants.

  • Keep your stormwater drain clear of leaves, grass clippings and other organic debris.


Make water smart landscaping choices.

  • Choose native, low-maintenance or drought-tolerant landscaping that require less water. Mulch plants to reduce water loss.

  • Understand how much water your landscaping or garden really needs so you don’t over-water.

  • Water lawns and gardens early in the morning or after dark to reduce evaporation.



Make rain your friend.



Dispose of your medication safely.

  • It’s important not just to save water, but to keep Nashville’s water clean. That’s why it’s critical to dispose of medication at home safely and not just flush it down the drain.

  • Learn how Metro Water Services can help you with Safe Medication Disposal.

Adopt a Drain.

  • To help keep our water clean, you can adopt a location-specific storm drain, close to where you live, work, or play. Check the drain before it rains to remove debris, leaves, twigs, or litter. To report your work and any larger issues with the drain, you'll link to an electronic field report. Do your part to keep Nashville's water clean! Learn more today.


Ways to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle



Start a backyard garden.

  • Or if you don’t have a backyard, find your local community garden and grow your own healthy fruits and veggies.



Visit the Nashville Farmers Market or your local farmers’ market.

  • Farmers’ markets are not only an awesome resource for healthy, fresh, local food, but they are a great way to support your local economy.

  • Nashville Farmers’ Market is open seven days a week and located right in the heart of downtown!



When possible, eat organic.

  • Eating organic can have many benefits not just for you, but for our environment too. While you consume less pesticides, antibiotics, artificial ingredients and growth hormones, organic farms discharge less harmful chemicals to nearby waterways, thus contributing to a healthier and safer ecosystem where biodiversity can thrive. (USDA)



Reduce your meat consumption.

  • The livestock industry accounts for a substantial amount of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. (Time)

  • According to the American Dietetic Association, eliminating animal products and by-products from your diet in an appropriately-planned way can be “healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.” (American Dietetic Association)



Take advantage of the Nashville Public Library “Be Well” program.


Get outside and visit a Metro Parks and stay active.



Take the stairs.

  • If 200 of us all chose the stairs for only 10 flights per week we could save 36 kWh and burn a collective 6,000 calories. That is like 20 cheese burgers. Move that up to 2,000 of us and we save 250 kWh and burn a collective 60,000 calories.




Ways to Engage



Teach the kids in your life about sustainability!