15 Ways to Green Your Home
Are you looking to create a more green, earth friendly home? If so, you may be confused as where to begin. But the truth is making your home more green and energy efficient doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming, you just need to keep a few tips and tricks in mind. Take a look below at 15 ways to green your home to get started and start enjoying a more green and earth friendly space!
1. Switch to more energy efficient light bulbs. Change out all bulbs in the house as well as the exterior of the house. Choose LED or those marked with the energy efficient seal.
2. Check all faucets for leaks. You may have one with a slow drip and not even realize it unless you look. Check all faucets both indoors and out and make any necessary repairs to stop leaks and drips in their tracks.
3. Seal windows. Make sure all of the windows are sealed well to avoid drafts which can make both your air conditioning as well as your furnace run and work harder. A simple caulk can do the trick.
4. Invest in a programmable thermostat. This can help keep the house comfortable and make sure you aren’t using resources when no one is home to take advantage of them and to enjoy them.
5. Make your own cleaning products. You can do this with essential oils, lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda. There are thousands of recipes online that are easy to make and the end result is earth friendly cleaning products that work great.
Check out this post on 12 Homemade Household Cleaning Recipes
6. Switch from paper to cloth. This means you save money and the planet. Forget buying paper products that you use once and throw away. Instead invest in cloth that can be used over and over again.
7. Invest in Energy Star appliances. You will find these at most retail stores and the marking is typically right on the front of the appliance. The seal means that they run more efficiently and use less energy, making your house a greener place!
8. Consider a wood burning stove. This saves money as well as the planet as you won’t be running your furnace more than you need to and it also means less will be emitted into the atmosphere.
9. Compost your kitchen waste. This means citrus peels, banana peels, eggshells, paper, coffee grounds and other items that come out of the kitchen. Place these items into a compost bin where they will turn into nutrient rich compost.
10. Use a shower timer. This way you can make sure you are taking shorter showers which saves money and saves water. It will also help your water heater run less.
We have several of these Digital Timers and we use them for everything!
Enjoying a greener home isn’t impossible it all. Give these 10 tips for a greener home a try and see what a difference they can make.