Going ‘Green’ is not a chore as some people would like you to believe, and doing it the right way is completely plausible if you follow the 10 tips for a greener home:
1. Reduce your heating energy costs by turning your thermostat down by just one degree. The benefit is that over the long run you save up to 4% of your total energy bill.
2. When you go shopping for your next major appliance, consider shopping for an energy-efficient star-rating appliance. It has been proven that you can light a home for more than four and a half months by making use of an energy star-qualified refrigerator.
3. If you live in a cold area or country, why not consider insulating your home by lining your curtains. Heavier drapes will provide adequate protection against a cold draft coming through the window.
4. Any old or unused electronic equipment should be sent to an Electronic Waste Recycler, or hand it to friends or family who may need it. In some countries you may find a local recycler programs where you can sign up and offer your equipment to people if no one in your family wants it. The same goes for your mobile or cellphone. In Australia alone there is an estimated 21 million mobile phones. That equals to one per person and if each person upgrades their contract or gets a new phone once every 12-24 months, then you have millions of old mobile phones that end up in the landfill. So if you don’t need it, recycle it for a greener home.
5. One of the most common hazardous waste materials are batteries. It doesn’t affect the environment in a bad way just by waste alone, but by the production, distribution and end-of-life phases of these batteries as well. So you can start making your home more green efficient by just keeping batteries out of the waste stream by recycling them. You could also consider buying rechargeable batteries. Some brands can be recharged up to a 1000 times and if you want to affect the environment in a positive way, then buy rechargeable batteries.
6. Recycle paper. Yes, we see adverts and suggestions everywhere to do it, but in your home you need to start doing it more. First grab all your old magazines, and old books that you don’t use any more and take it to your local paper recycle bin. Alternatively, donate old books in good condition to your local charity who will encourage users to read and recycle the books again. Go digital! Yes, you heard me right. Everything these days revolve around the internet, so consider buying digital kindle books instead of paperbacks.
7. Do you always have a lot of organic waste like scraps of food and vegetable? Use it for compost in your garden and this will go a long way to a greener home.
8. Any appliances that you leave on standby, like your clothing washer, TV, printer, microwave, consider switching them off. This will save you a decent amount of energy. For those of us who are night-owls, consider going to bed a bit earlier in the evening since just an hour or two earlier, means we save a lot of energy.
9. In the supermarket you can find energy-saving light-bulbs. Make use of them as the advantages are fantastic over the long run, including a reduced energy bill.
10. In the kitchen you can cook your vegetables faster by cutting it up into smaller pieces. Great way of making your home more green.
Whether you plan your kitchen greenly, or buy energy-efficient appliances, it’s never too late to start having a greener home.