How to Make Your Home Greener in 5 Steps - Rivertea Blog
Monica Munteanu | On 24, Jun 2013
What would you do to make your life better? Eat healthier, exercise more, take care of your body and your mind, live self consciously today to improve your future. Attending to yourself for the long run is a wise decision, but what about everything surrounding you?
Being environmentally friendly is not just a whim, it can add up to real benefits for the planet and contribute to your own personal health and happiness. So the first thing to do is change some things around your personal space, more specifically your home.
There are a bunch of simple things you can do that may seem unimportant, but will make a world of difference not only to the planet, but to your pocket as well. These are our 5 most important tips to taking your house one step forward to a greener living.
1. Change your light
Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs are incredibly cost and energy efficient. You have to pay a little more money at first, but they produce less heat, use 66% less energy than the normal ones and can last up to 10 times longer. Have you done the math? You can save up to $30 over the life of the bulb. Also, you may consider LED lights. It can last 25 times longer than the traditional light bulb and is 80% more energy efficient. The main difference between the two is that LEDs don’t have the disposal requirements as CFLs, so they can save you a hassle as well. If you’re worried about the lighting making you look bad and, if after trying a few kinds, still aren’t satisfied with the quality, you can still use them up in places you don’t spend a lot of time in, like the basement.
2. Get better appliances
Appliances use about 18% of the total energy bill, the refrigerator being the biggest energy hog. If you have any devices lying around the house that are more than 10 years old you should replace them with more energy efficient models that are stamped with the ‘Energy Star’ logo. These appliances are qualified to use 10% to 50% less energy and water. Energy Star is a government program meant to reduce gas transmission. The costs are low as well, for one of the criteria for receiving the label involves pricing. If a product is more expensive than it’s meant to save the consumer more in the long run on energy and water bills. Now you have a good enough reason to go shopping.
3. Keep your eyes on the temperature
Most of the energy consumed is due to the heating and cooling. One way to save up is by turning down the thermostat when it’s cold and keep it high during the warmer weaher. Each degree below 68°F (20°C) during thw cold saves 3%-5% more heating energy. Also, use a timer on your thermostat to make sure the house is warm when you’re there, and the heater isn’t working so hard when you’re not. During the hot seasons, keep your cool by shading the east and west windows in your house and delay heat-generating activities such as dishwashing until evening. Use a fan instead of air conditioning and actually using CFL light bulbs reduces the temperature in your house. See how all of these green choices connect?
4. Work on your garden
If you do things right you can save money from your garden. One way is to plant trees that lose their leaves on the western and southern sides of your home. In the summertime, they will provide shade and block radiation and in the winter, after have lost their leaves, they will allow more sunlight to get inside the house and warm it up. Use native plants as much as possible and choose the ones that live up to a couple or more years. This will save you the hassle (and money) of redoing everything the next year. Imagine drinking your morning coffee surrounded by lively plants every morning.
5. Green clean your house
Shop for products that contain eco-friendly ingredients. These include grain alcohol instead of toxic butyl cellosolve, commonly found in carpet cleaner and some window cleaners as a solvent; coconut or other plant oils rather than petroleum in detergents. If you’re feeling crafty you can even make your own by using plain soap, baking soda, water, vinegar or lemon juice. There’s no rush to to change it all at once, take it one step at a time. Pick one category, like dish washing detergent, and try a couple until you find the one that is right for you. You’ll certainly feel the difference on your skin.
Going green means a lot of researching, reading and getting informed, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Start with these five easy steps and soon you’ll get hookes. What we can tell you is you’re definitely going to have fun along the way.
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