Cost-Effective Ways of Going Green Around the House

Feb 1, 2016 by

Cost-Effective Ways of Going Green Around the House

Are you an environmentalist looking for ways to save your resources? Or are you just tired of paying those high utility bills? No matter what the reason, using recyclable and energy-efficient products is the solution to your dilemma.

There are some very cost-effective ways to go green around the house and support your cause:

Save Energy

  • Change appliances that are more than 10 years old. Such appliances consume more energy than their new counterparts.
  • In the winter/summer, use your heater/air conditioner at a lower setting. You can also install fans to circulate the hot/cool air around your house so that you can keep the thermostat low. Turn off the heater/air conditioner when not in use or when you are leaving your home.
  • If you wish to return to a warm/cool home and cannot bear even ten minutes while your heater/air conditioner works its magic, then set a timer to turn on the device, so that your home will be at the right temperature when you arrive.
  • Shut down your computer and close your television before sleeping at night. Electronic devices consume energy while on sleep mode.
  • Buying local products ensures that you will not waste a lot of fuel due to traveling long distances to buy groceries.
  • Water is one of our most precious resources. Using showers and faucets that are set to a low pressure can help you save a lot of water.
  • Close the tap when you are brushing your teeth or lessen the flow.
  • Use low flow toilets to avoid wasting a lot of water when you flush.
  • Toxic fumes are damaging our environment and are hazardous for our health as well. Thus, when purchasing cleaners for your home, always try to find those that are non-toxic and available in a recyclable packaging.
  • There are many ways to create your own home-made cleaners that are just as effective as those available in the market. Moreover, they are also less damaging to our environment and our health.
  • Rather than using fluorescent bulbs or tube lights, opt for energy-saving bulbs that give you the same amount of light at a cheaper cost.
  • Always close all the lights when leaving your house. This will help you save a lot of money and electricity.
  • If you like leaving lights on, choose to turn on a single light before leaving your home.
  • Some people prefer coming home to a house that’s ablaze with lights. If you are one of those people, buy a timer for your lights so that they turn on just before you get home.
  • Motion-detecting lights can also work well to conserve energy.
  • Whether it’s toilet paper, writing paper or printing paper, it all comes from trees. Stop wasting it! Use just as much as is needed. Print on both sides of the paper, write on all lines before turning a page and do not think that toilet paper in public washrooms grows on bushes!
  • Thousands of trees are cut each year to provide us with paper. It is seriously damaging the natural balance of our ecosystem. So if you can’t plant new trees, then at least help the world by saving the remaining ones.
  • Plastic does not get recycled easily. Millions of plastic bags fly away in the wind and end up within our oceans and seas. They choke the animals and fishes and dirty our planet. So the next time you go shopping, take a cloth bag with you.
  • If you always forget to take the bag with you when you leave for the market, fold one and keep it in your purse or the trunk of your car. Avoid using plastic bags.
  • When you paint your house, use paints that are free from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Paints that contain VOCs give off strong odors and harmful fumes which endanger your health as well the environment.
  • If you have a yard or a lawn, grow trees and plants in it. It will not only add to the beauty of your house, but will enable you to go green without much work.
  • Grow plants that are local to your area so that they have a better chance at a longer life.
  • If you wish to eat healthy, you can plant fruit trees or grow a vegetable garden.
  • Buying used goods helps in reducing the amount of trees cut to make furniture. So when you buy furniture or decorations for your home, choose wisely. Often, you can get used products that are in good quality at very inexpensive costs.

Buy Local Products

Save Water

Purchase Non-Toxic Cleaners

Use Energy-Efficient Lighting

Lessen the Consumption of Paper

Say ‘No’ to Plastic Bags

Use Healthier Paint

Maintain Your Garden

Decorate Wisely

Following these small approaches to going green will enable you to have an environment-friendly home that’s safer for your health as well. It’s the perfect solution to reducing the excessive bills that you are forced to pay each month. So, Go Green Today!

 

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