6 Easy Ways to Have a Greener Home
“Going green” isn’t just good for the planet, it’s also good for your health and even your wallet. Though the benefits are numerous, sometimes it can feel overwhelming to take the first steps to living greener. Fortunately, you don’t have to overhaul your entire lifestyle to decrease your carbon footprint, experience those benefits, and have a greener home. These six easy and green modifications to your daily routine will show you that being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be labor or time intensive.
Conserving water, a finite resource, is impactful to our environment. Simple things like not leaving the faucet running while you brush your teeth can quickly add up to big savings, both for the planet and on your water bill. To have a greener home, opt for a shower instead of a bath, and increase the effectiveness by installing an aerator on faucets and switch to a low-flow showerhead. Outside, you can make smart landscaping decisions by selecting native flora which typically needs less water to flourish.
Choosing energy-efficient appliances will not only lessen your bill, but your energy company may actually provide incentives for using them. You don’t have to go out and buy all new appliances today, but keep it in mind for when a replacement is needed.
Help your current HVAC system work more efficiently by plugging any air leaks. A little weather stripping and caulk can go a long way in keeping your home at the right temperature for the right amount of energy.
Replace Light Bulbs
Light bulbs are something that you can quickly and relatively inexpensively change out now. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) not only save energy, but they also have a longer lifespan than your traditional bulbs.
See more green in your greener home by composting your leftover, non-meat, food scraps to create lovely, nutrient-rich soil for your landscaping and to cut down on methane gas produced in landfills.
This simple change has direct impacts on your health. Make sure your cleaning supplies do not have VOCs which are volatile organic compounds. These cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory problems. There are many green cleaning products out there; using them will protect the health of you and your family and ensure that any product that winds up in the water will not pollute or harm aquatic life, once again, protecting that finite resource.
Instead of rewashing a wrinkled item or tossing it in the dryer, use a wrinkle release spray. A quick mist of fabric freshener can make the item last a little longer before it needs to be washed. Smart moves like pressing your own clothes, which is more eco-friendly than the dry cleaners, save energy, money, and most importantly, water. Additionally, consider air-drying your clothes. Line-drying does dual duty by preserving your garments which decreases clothing consumption and waste.
A Greener Home is a Happier Home
Making these simple changes to your daily routine will decrease your water and energy consumption, helping both the environment and your budget. It’s not difficult, after all, to make improvements in efficiency and green living. Visit our website to learn more about our environmentally friendly non-aerosol spray starch.