The Environment

Cost Effective Ways to Go Green and Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

More and more people are become environmentally conscious and trying to limit their impact on the environment, what better way to start than with your own home. Unfortunately, there is the misconception that going green is going to cost you green. This just simply isn’t the case, in fact going green can save you money. You don’t need elaborate solar systems or complex off-grid setups, small changes can make a big difference and positively impact the quality of your life and the planet.
One choice that’s available at a minimal cost and makes a big difference, for both the environment and your pocketbook, is switching your light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights or CFL bulbs. CFL bulbs save 66% more energy; switching one bulb will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. Another area where traditional homes experience a lot of waste is in the heating and cooling. Turning down the thermostat 1 degree will save roughly $100 per year. You can offset the effect by opening your blinds and allowing the sun to help warm the home.

Simply being conscious of water usage and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or doing your dishes can save an immense amount of water. Try using a cup of warm water to rinse off your razor rather than leaving the tap running while you shave.

One room in the home where you can save a huge amount of money and have a considerable environmental impact is the laundry room.  If your climate allows it, consider hanging your clothes to dry outside on a line, saving on energy usage.  As an added bonus you get the natural scent of a spring breeze without having to purchase and consume toxic scents. Washing your clothes at 30 degrees Celsius would save 40% electricity as opposed to washing at the traditional higher temperatures. On the topic of water usage, it’s worth noting that most of the water wasted in a home comes from leaky faucets. Have you checked your taps recently? That dripping tap isn’t just keeping you awake at night, it’s wasting a tremendous amount of water.

Switching to energy star appliances may be expensive at first but will save you money in the long run. You can upgrade them when they need to be replaced or pick a room and start there. Another option that can be used in every room of the house is to literally “go green” by growing your own houseplants, which helps to improve the air quality and beautify the home.

Going green in the home doesn’t have to be limited to the interior. Why not go green in your garden? You can start with a kitchen compost and use the organic waste for your outdoor plants.  This will reduce the need for water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Speaking of pesticides, you can make your own nontoxic and environmentally friendly pesticides with water and lemon or garlic oil. You’ll find many recipes available online.
As you can see, going green in the home doesn’t need to be an expensive or elaborate undertaking. Every little bit helps.