4 Steps To A Greener Home
When talking about a greener home, we aren’t suggesting you get the green paint out, and cover both the interior and the exterior of your house with whatever shade suits you. You could do that – some shades of green are fantastic mood-enhancers – but we are clearly talking about something else.
A green home is both one that is energy-efficient and friendly to the environment. It is something that can both help you save money in the long run, and help you do your bit in caring for this world we live in. In short, a greener home is something we should all consider.
Interested? Of course, you are. What sensible person wouldn’t be? Here are some green examples to get you thinking.
- Make some home improvements
Some home improvements are definitely worth considering, whether you take them on yourself, or should you bring in the professionals. Sure, some of them can be expensive at the outset, but bearing in mind that you will save money in the long run AND save the planet, the expense can be worth it.
Insulating your home is a start, and this might include installing double-glazed windows and doors, as well as insulating your hot water tank, roof space, and wall cavities. You might also want to invest in renewable energy resources, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and rainwater collection systems. For these and other green home improvements, check out this detailed guide which will tell you all you need to know. Just don’t forget to use materials from sustainable sources should you embark on any renovation.
- Replace your everyday items
There are items in our homes that are not suitable for greener living. To fully go green, you should replace them with something that is far more eco-friendly.
Go through your kitchen cupboards, and get rid of any cleaning product containing toxic chemicals. There are more natural ways to clean your house, and the items used won’t damage the environment. You should also replace anything that is plastic unless you intend to reuse the items concerned. As you probably know, our world has a plastic pollution problem, and it’s getting worse by the day. Use biodegradable trash bags instead of the plastic variety, and reuse your carrier bags instead of throwing them in the bin! And you can buy eco-friendly variants of the other things in your house, from your mattress to your showerhead, so shop around, do your research, and invest in those items that are protective of the environment.
- Practice green habits
It’s not only what you renovate or purchase that can prove your home’s green credentials, but it’s how you live your life as well. We should all know about the benefits of recycling by now, but there are other green habits that should start becoming second-nature to you.
Cut down your electricity usage and unplug any devices that are not in use. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Wash your clothes by hand occasionally, and line dry them, instead of relying on your tumble dryer. Fix leaky taps to prevent water wastage, and reduce your water and electricity usage by waiting until your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using them. Stop throwing perfectly good items away, and look for ways to reuse or donate them. And speak to your family members, and ensure they also follow green habits in and out of the home. Be the leading example, and explain to your children why you are doing what you are doing.
- Grow your own food
If you already have a love for gardening
, then this may be something you do already. But if not, it’s time to consider it as part of a greener home philosophy. By growing your own food, you will save money on your groceries, have the peace of mind knowing that everything you are eating is truly organic, and you will reduce your carbon footprint because there will be less need to use your car to travel to the supermarket. Oh, and your kids just might start eating their greens should they have had a hand in growing vegetables themselves. We can but hope anyway!
By following each of these steps, you will make a positive mark on the environment. You will also live more comfortably, save yourself some money, and create a safer place for your family. What’s not to love? So, if you still need to follow greener principles, use the ideas we have given you here to start making changes in your home.