5 Ways to Green Your Home
By Diana Smith
Having an eco-friendly home is the first step in preserving our planet. Considering we live in the age of pollution and climate change, it’s paramount that we all become environmentally aware, and start fixing the problem. Recycling, reusing, turning to eco-friendly products, and driving less are just some of the things we can all do to contribute to the greener environment. What’s more, there are many other ways that will help you green your home.
Recycle, Reuse and Reduce
Recycling is one of the best ways to be eco-minded. Aluminum cans, aerosol cans, steel, and tin cans, metal food trays, milk containers, drink bottles, shampoo bottles, office paper, magazines, and so many other items can be recycled instead of just thrown to trash. Therefore, do the research and be sure to know what is recyclable. Additionally, invest in environmentally friendly fabrics, and wear only clothes that won’t have a bad influence on the planet. If you have the opportunity to reuse the old materials from your home, do it. Windows, doors, and even wooden floors that can be reused will benefit the planet a lot.
Thanks to the new technologies, now we have the opportunity to use energy-efficient appliances. A piece of equipment that has Energy Star label on it is the product that won’t spend as much energy as the old ones and will be as efficient as any other. Therefore, the next time you need a new appliance, be sure to invest in those that are labeled Energy Star and be one-step closer to having an eco-friendly home.
Do you really need to brush your teeth with the water running from the faucet? Do you need to take a long bath instead of having a quick shower? You don’t, right? Well, since about 25 percent of water supply is used for showers, it’s a good idea to invest in low-flow showerheads. Additionally, installing toilets that have separate buttons for small and big flushes is another excellent suggestion. Both of them will need a different amount of water, so you don’t have to waste more than a gallon of water for a small flush. Furthermore, be sure you don’t have leaky faucets in your home because they can be one of the greatest water consumers in the house. Instead of using the water from the tap for sprinkler systems, invest in rainwater harvesting system that will collect rainwater from rooftops, store them in the tank, so that you can later use it for gardening or toilets.
Switch to Eco-Friendly Lighting
CFL and LED lighting are the great alternatives to the outdated incandescent lights. While they do cost more than regular lights, LED and CFL bulbs will use less energy and last a lot longer than the incandescent lights. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they’ll also offer you a better and more quality lighting than the incandescent bulbs. The lighting is much closer to the natural lights, so you’ll feel much comfortable with LED or CFL lightings.
Embrace New Technologies
All the eco-minded families turn to renewable sources of energy, such as solar energy, geothermal, biomass, and wind. If your home gets plenty of sunlight during the day, you should definitely consider investing in best solar panels you can afford, and switch to clean and renewable energy source. They’ll collect sunlight, and turn it into energy you need in your home. While they may be expensive, you’ll see that they’re great solution in the long run. Geothermal energy is another renewable source of energy that is perfect for a green home. It uses the energy from the earth, so thanks to the geothermal heat pump, the energy will be extracted from the underground and sent to the HVAC system that will heat your home. On the other hand, during the hot summer months, the pump will extract the heat from the air and put it back to the earth.
Developing new, eco-friendly habits will benefit both your home and the planet. Some of them may be a bit expensive, but they’ll definitely pay off after some time. Recycle, reuse, reduce, save water, turn to new technologies, invest in energy efficient appliances, and embrace the LED and CFL lightings and you’ll be on a good way to have a green home.