Pay Tribute to Our Planet from Your Very Own Home
By Diana Smith
Going green is pretty much the name of the game for the future and it all starts in your very own home; if you are unable to be eco-conscious within your house, chances are that you won’t pay attention to the wellbeing of nature anywhere else. Going green doesn’t mean making one huge life change, but applying a number of little fixes that together ensure a ‘green mindset’.
Careful with Water
The water crisis has slowly and silently crept up on our planet and many of us are still unaware of how big of an issue this is. For starters, you should keep an eye on your water consumption. This doesn’t entail giving up on the relatively luxurious lifestyle you’re probably leading (when it comes to the water, at least), but simply being mindful on a day-to-day basis. For example, turn the faucet off while you are applying soap in the shower, make long warm baths a weekly special occasion and opt for devices, such as the Metlund Hot Water D’MAND System, which recirculates hot water from the pipes, thus making sure that you never have to keep the faucet running, waiting for hot water.
Now, lighting is a typical energy wasting issue. During daylight, there should be no excuse for you to keep the lights on, both in terms of your power bill and energy saving. If a certain room is on the ‘dark side’ of your home, think about solutions such as skylights, which help bring the natural sunlight into your home.
On the other hand, come nightfall, you have no choice but to rely on bulbs. However, think about going LED – these bulbs may cost more than your typical ones, but in turn last longer and pay compliments to your electrical bill, as well as general energy efficiency – the LED lights simply pay off in the long run.
Keep the Heat Inside
It’s all fun and games during the summer months, but once winter comes knocking at your door, you’ll want to stay warm inside. Unfortunately, you can rest assured that there are many tiny holes your generated warm air is ‘leaking’ through. Consulting professionals when trying to find these leaks is advised and, once you’ve got them all lined up, sealing them will be easy. Additionally, windows are the typical spot where these leaks are found, so upgrading them will do the trick! In this way, you’re making sure that the hot air stays within your home, which further stops you from spending more energy than really necessary.
Yes, going with batteries is so 1980s, but this is a great way to stay eco-friendly in terms of energy. For example, you can check out many Sydney power tools vendors for cordless drills, saws, etc. Yes, you’ll have to worry about replacing (or recharging) the batteries, but on the plus side – you’ll never trip over a cord again!
Sure, we could start preaching about how irresponsible it is to leave the thermostat on while you aren’t home, but the fact of the matter is – you’ll want to come to a warm home after a hard day’s work. Programmable thermostats offer you the ability to set when the heating is to automatically turn on (an hour before you come home is usually more than enough). This helps greatly diminish the unnecessary energy wasting.
Once you’ve covered all the outlined basics, you’ll get into your own ‘green mindset’, intuitively knowing what to do to help your planet. Maintaining the green is not only the name of the game for the 21st century but also should be our common goal towards a healthier future!