How To Go Green At Home

 

Tips to create a green home.

Have you been wanting to create a green home?  If you’re wondering what you can do to make your home  greener, then it might be worth taking as look at some of the easiest things to start with. We are going to do just that, by looking at what changes you might want to start making in order to have a greener home. As long as you are paying attention to some of the following, your home is going to be more environmentally friendly, and you will feel proud of yourself for that being the case.

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Use Less Water

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you are being greener in your home is to use less water. You might think it’s somewhat challenging to reduce your water usage, and in some ways you are right. Compared to many other things it is actually one of the simplest changes you can make. You can work to reduce your water intake in a number of ways. First of all, you might want to think about limiting the length of your showers, as that is where the majority of water goes in any household. Look into more efficient shower heads like this one. You might also find that washing your dishes by hand rather than with a dishwasher will help save water. Make sure to only run your dishwasher when it is full to make the most of your load.

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Leave Your Shoes At The Door

Ok, this is easier said than done if you have kids. I’ve tried numerous times to get my kids to leave their shoes at the door. By instituting a no shoes in the house rule you’ll eliminate all the outside gunk and pollution from coming in onto your floors and carpet.

 

Replace Your Windows

Your windows are where the most heat is lost from the house, which leads to you having to use your heat more. Therefore, if you can find a way to lose less heat through the windows, you will actively be making a considerable difference to how much you are affecting the planet. The number one way to improve this is to simply replace your windows, which can be easily done and will ensure that you are going to have a much better seal and therefore lose much less heat. If you do decide to go down this route and buy replacement windows, you will absolutely find that it helps to keep the home heated. Not only is that greener, but it saves you money in the long run as well – something that everyone can be pleased with.

If replacing your windows isn’t an option check into window insulation kits for the cold months. I’ve used them in the past and they made a huge difference. Unlike replacing windows they will only cost between $10 and $20.

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Donate Instead Of Tossing

This one speaks for itself. Don’t fill up the landfills with items that could easily be donated and used my someone else. You’ve seen the donation bins in store parking lots, simply put your items in there and someone will get the chance to use them!


Eat Less Meat

A lot of your impact on the environment has to do with what you eat. This is something you need to think about in your home as well, especially if you have a family to look after. As long as you can make sure that you are eating less meat as a family, your carbon footprint on the whole household will be considerably less. The evidence these days actually suggests that reducing your meat and dairy intake is the number one way in which you can reduce your ecological footprint, so clearly if you do this with your whole family you will make a huge difference as a household. You don’t even need to go fully vegetarian in order to make a difference. As long as you just reduce your meat consumption at all, you are still making a difference. If you do this as a family, and keep the fridge stocked up only on vegetables for a while, you will make a truly considerable difference still.

 

Buy Some Houseplants

Houseplants help clean the air inside your home, not to mention they look nice. For some great air purifying plant ideas check out this post.

Plant More

If you have a garden space at all,  you can help the environment along by planting more plants there. Even if you only have a windowsill, you will find that you can make a huge difference by using that space for a small garden of sorts. The more you plant in your garden, the more likely it is that you will encourage bees. Encouraging bees is hugely important for the environment, without them we would all be in grave danger. So make sure that you are using whatever garden space you have in order to bring more bees into the garden. You will be doing some wonders for the world as a whole.


Hang Your Laundry To Dry

This is one of my personal favorites.  By hanging your laundry to dry you’ll be cutting down on your electricity use, which will also save you money. You don’t need a fancy clothes line to hang your clothes. I have actually chosen to hang my laundry to dry inside my house. I use a hanging rack like this one and hang the clothes on hangers. Once my clothes have had a chance to air dry a little I toss them into the dryer for about 20 min. Drying time for my dryer is normally 45 min for a large load, by hanging my laundry to dry for while I cut my dryer time in half.

 

Swap Your Household Cleaners

This is probably the easiest thing you can do to have a greener home. There are so many options for green and natural cleaning products. You can choose to DIY your cleaning products or shop on my favorite website for amazing cleaning products and be able to earn money toward free products.

Leave Your Shoes At The Door

Ok, this is easier said than done if you have kids. I’ve tried numerous times to get my kids to leave their shoes at the door. By instituting a no shoes in the house rule you’ll eliminate all the outside gunk and pollution from coming in onto your floors and carpet.

Tips to go green at home.

There are so many ways to create a greener home. What do you do to make your home greener? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written By: Devon

 

 

 

 

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