Green living is more than just a trend; it’s an important lifestyle to adopt to keep our planet healthy. Many people think that going green at home means giving up things that they’re accustomed to, like long showers and a lighted hallway. Fortunately, it’s easy to go green in your home without a big investment and without dramatically altering your lifestyle. New homes are popping up all around the country that are developed to be green, and there may even be a green master planned community in the area you want to live in. In fact, going green will probably save you money, and you’ll feel better knowing you’re doing your part to make the planet a better place. Small steps can have big impacts, so check out this list of ways you can go green in your home, and start living a greener lifestyle today.
Watch Your Water
Many cities across the United States are experiencing water shortages, meaning water is in high demand and expensive. Reducing your water use in your home will mean you’re playing an important role in helping conserve water, and you’ll be saving some serious cash too. It’s easy to conserve water. Only run your washing machine when you have a full load, and consider wearing pants and jackets more than once before washing them. Turning the water off when you brush your teeth saves an estimated 4.5 gallons of water, meaning if you brush your teeth twice a day you’ll be saving 3,276 gallons of water a year! If you want to make a big change, install a low flow toilet in your home. Low flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, which is less than half of what a regular toilet does.
Switch Your Light Bulbs
One of the easiest ways to go green that won’t affect your lifestyle at all is by switching out your old-fashioned light bulbs for energy-efficient bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 66% less energy than incandescent light bulbs, and last ten times longer. The Light Bulb Finder app for your smartphone makes it easy for you to figure out what kind of bulbs will work well for your home, as you can simply input what kind of lamps you have and the app will tell you where to get new bulbs (including how much you’ll save per year by switching). You won’t notice a single difference in your home by switching light bulbs, but you will definitely notice a difference in your lowered electricity bill.BUY LED’s and save more
If you garden, there are easy ways to garden that make your vegetables taste healthier while making the earth feel healthier. One of those ways is to abandon synthetic fertilizers for good old-fashioned compost. Having a compost bin in your yard will give you perfect compost that provides your plants with the nutrients they need without using nasty synthetic fertilizers. Compost will also minimize weeds, and can even help keep away pests.
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Reduce Your Household Bills By Going Green
Times are tough and money is tight for a lot of us. Here are a few tips you can easily implement to reduce your household bills whilst you save energy.
Companies such as phone/energy providers, credit cards and catalogs have all been known to charge a little per month for printing and sending paper bills. It might take a while to check everything and switch, but all those little bits add up, so with a bit of a time investment you could save a significant amount – and a lot of paper that would have otherwise been wasted.
If you don’t have double glazing, investing in weather stripping or even drought excluders to fill any cracks around windows and doors is a cheap and effective solution, as is installing heavy curtains or Roman Blindsto keep the heat in after dark. Likewise, conservatory blinds can keep heat in a conservatory in the winter months, and have the added bonus of keeping it shady and cool in the summer. Those of you without loft insulation should consider placing a thick blanket over the loft hatch before closing it, making sure it overlaps the edges. This will create a thick seal which should prevent heat from escaping into the loft and out through the roof, and less lost heat means lower energy bills!
The simplest way to save water is to put an unused brick in your toilet cistern. You’ll use half a gallon less per flush, which is great if you’re on a water meter. If you don’t have a spare brick lying around, lots of water providers will give you a “water saver” for free which serves the same purpose, and if they don’t, fill an unused plastic bottle with sand or gravel, and it’ll do the job.
Turn Down The Boiler
We all know that keeping the heating in our homes low can go a long way to saving both energy and money, but did you know that doing the same with the hot-water thermostat on your boiler can do the same? Having the hot water temperature anywhere above 140F is a waste of energy as your boiler has to work harder to keep it hot, and turning it down means your baths and showers will be a far more pleasant temperature. NEST
This post was written by Liberty-Belle Howard, a UK blogger with a keen interest in green issues. She is currently blogging on behalf of Hillary’s Blinds.