How To Green Your Home
Being 'green' around the home doesn't require spending lots of money on fancy gadgets. In the long run, the time and effort you devote to creating an environmentally-responsible house will not only save you money but save the planet too. Herein we are going to share with you 50 easy ways to go about being eco-friendly.
1] Replace Bulbs: You will save 66% more energy by replacing incandescent light bulbs with Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFL).
2] CFL Bulbs: It will save 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions if you trade in 1 incandescent light bulb for 1 CFL one.
3] Extension Leads: By using multi-socket extension leads and turning it off when not in use, you can reduce your home's energy consumption by up to 15%.
4] Unplug: TVs are typically left on standby for 17 hours per day. Unplug your television when it's not in sue to save electricity.
5] Bamboo is Better: Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. This fast rate of replenishment means it's more environmentally friendly than timber trees to use as hardwood flooring.
6] Open the Curtains: 10% of energy can be saved on heating when you open the curtains during the day to let the sunlight in.
7] Magic Carpets: Using rugs on wooden floors can save 4-6% on energy bills.
8] Party: Invite friends over in the winter. Each person can generate the same amount of warmth as a 100-watt heater!
9] Cuddle Up: 13% of individuals hug their cats or dogs as an alternative way to keep warm.
10] Turn it Down: You can save up to $100 annually by turning your heater down by 1 degree.
11] Shady Fridge: Having your refrigerator in the sunlight will force it to work harder to keep cool. Move your fridge into the shade.
12] Fridge Gazing: Peeking into the fridge can cost $20-50 per year. So, decide what you want before opening the door!
13] Low-Energy Appliances: 'Energy Syar-Qualified' appliances use 10-50% less energy than standard models.
14] Proper Ventilation: 7-6cm is the recommended space between the refrigerator and the wall to ensure proper airflow.
15] Compost Scraps: Separating and composting kitchen scraps not only reduces the amount of household waste in the landfill but also eases the costs associated with rubbish collection.
16] Clean with Vinegar: It's a natural way to kill bacteria, germs and mould.
17] Use a Microwave: 50% less energy is used by a microwave oven than a conventional oven.
18] Energy-Efficient Cookware: Use glass, silicone or ceramic dishes. They're the most efficient to use in the oven and can reduce the cooking temperature required.
19] Smart Dishwashing: Save energy by avoiding pre-rinsing, always running a full load, and air-drying the dishes at the end.
20] Oven Multitasking: Use both oven racks at the same time to bake, roast or warm up food.
21] Keep it Closed: The oven temperature can drop by 65 degrees when opening the door for 30 seconds. Don't be tempted to keep unnecessarily checking-in on your cooking!
22] Eco-scents: Instead of chemicals and synthetic fragrances, opt for 100% essential oils and non-aerosol scents.
23] Houseplants: Be literally green and improve the air quality in your bedroom.
24] Eco-Paints They contain very low levels of volatile organic compounds.
25] Repurpose: Get creative! Reuse and repurpose old furniture instead of buying brand new.
26] Organic Sheets: Cotton linens account for 25% of the world's insecticide use. Switch to organic cotton or sustainable bamboo instead.
27] Non-toxic Mattress: Choose a new mattress that has not been treated with synthetic chemicals and toxic materials.
28] Wool Blanket: If you have a choice between wool and polyester blankets, go for wool. It's more eco-friendly to produce.
29] Efficient Windows: Energy-efficient windows will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter due to their better insulation.
30] Turn if Off: When brushing your teeth, remember to turn off the tap.
31] Low-flow Toilet: Flushing toilets account for 30% of total indoor water use.
32] Stop Leaks: 128 litres of water is lost per week from a leaky tap.
33] Eco Wipe: If you can buy recycled or low-impact toilet paper.
34] Open Windows: Excess humidity causes mould. If there's none present, there's no need to use any harmful chemicals.
35] Shave Smart: Use a cup of warm water to rinse your razor rather than running the tap.
36] Low-Flow Showerhead: A family of four can annually save 160,000 litres of water by installing a low-flow showerhead.
37] Spider Plant: Having a spider plant int he bathroom will help purify the air.
38] Fix Leaky Loos: A leaky toilet can waste 757 litres every day. If it's leaking, get if fixed ASAP.
39] Don't Bath: Taking a shower can use as little as 14% of water used during a bath.
40] Wast at 30 degrees: Washing clothes at this temperature uses around 40% less electricity than washing at a higher temp, saving $50 on your annual energy bill.
41] Hang Dry: 2-3kg of carbon emissions is produced for every hour a dryer is in use. Hang dry your clothes instead.
42] Cold is Better: 85-90% of the energy goes into the heating water when washing clothes. use cold water instead.
43] Soap Nuts: These are the berry of the saponus bush. Completely natural and hypoallergenic, they can be used for washing laundry and can be composted once they're no longer reusable.
44] Energy Star: An Energy Star washing machine can save 50% more water, compared to a standard model.
45] Concentrated Detergent; These have reduced packaging and a smaller carbon footprint due to their cheaper transport cost.
46] Water Butt: Water butts can reduce your council's water system strain by 70%.
47] Compost: Composting organic waste can reduce the need for water, fertilisers and pesticides.
48] Fire Pit: Burning logs made of alternative materials will release 80% fewer emissions than regular wood when burned. Options include logs made from recycled sawdust, used coffee beans and soy.
49] Native Landscaping: Protect your local environment by planting plants that are native to your area.
50] Use Homemade Pesticides: Chopped tomato leaf spray or garlic oil spray are just a few recipes that can keep bugs away.
Small things do make a big difference. Even if you can only do a few of the actions above, you'll be one step closer to living on a greener planet. Do you have any of your own tips to share?