Help Save The Planet By Going Green with Your Home
If you’ve heard about this before, then you should know – people are so into going green with their homes. It could be the job of the contractors to build something environmentally friendly, but for us – we like it because it makes sense. Not only are green homes less expensive, they are also more environmentally friendly. It can also save you a lot of money.
I’m pretty sure you’re excited to learn how to make green room additions. So let’s dive right into it.
Getting groceries using a canvas tote and drinking water out of a reusable bottle are a few common ways to remove waste. But, there are sustainable practices and products as well that can be integrated into your room additions, bathroom or kitchen renovations to make certain your house is durable, beautiful, and eco-friendly.
An eco-friendly home does not need to be expensive or difficult. That’s why the article Going Green At Home by Sustainable Baby Steps provides basic techniques to be eco-friendly even at home.
Below, I will include a couple of the many tips the article provided.
“Air Purifying Houseplants – Houseplants that clean the air
Why invest in expensive electrical air purifiers when you could purchase a few types of houseplants to clean and filter your air naturally and inexpensively? Quick tip: One 10-inch plant from this list is needed for every 100 sq ft of home space. Or more if you want to Tarzan it up.
Neutralizing Odors Naturally – Removing odors naturally
You don’t need harmful chemicals (starts with a “fuh”, ends with a breeze) to eliminate odors in or around your home. You just need a few tips on removing odors naturally and safely. No, really it’s possible. And probably a lot more hygienic than those commercials.
There are many natural, more sustainable options to controlling household pests than dangerous chemical pesticides. Through prevention and the use of organic pesticides almost all home pest issues can be avoided, and it becomes truly rare to need to resort to cancer-causing compounds. (Say that 5x fast.)”
In Earth Day’s honor, here are techniques you can go green in your home:
Shower Water Conservation – To make conservation of water even easier, there are lots of products and fixtures you can integrate into your bathroom. This takes in water-conserving faucets and showerheads as well as high-efficiency or dual flush toilets that can save the family of loads of gallons of water every year.
Energy Conservation – There is another advantage to going green aside from helping the planet. Correctly insulating your basement and attic, including energy-efficient windows as well as choosing a high-efficiency air conditioner and furnace can aid to lower the utility bills. A few other easy fixes take in LED and CFL lighting as well as a programmable thermostat. Solar panels are also a consideration, although there could be a lot up front costs invloved.
Sustainable Materials – In terms of choosing the finishes in your house, there are several sustainable materials that won’t result in harm to the environment. Some options include cork and wood, and glass backsplashes that utilize recycled materials.
Habitat Truck Avoiding Landfills – Whether the project is an appliances upgrade or a total remodel, donating gently utilized items such as cabinetry, refrigerators, and furniture can aid to keep them out of landfills and then put into the houses of those who badly need it.
Stay green while staying cool by NSUNews also provides several tips on going green in general. Below are a few strategies:
“Close your windows: A common misconception is that opening your windows will circulate air and cool your home. However, that doesn’t work when the air outside is warmer than the air inside (which, is often the case). Keep your windows shut with blinds drawn to keep out hot sun rays and warm air. If the outdoor air is cool at night, open your windows and you may be able to go the whole night without A/C.
Manage your thermostat: Most people agree that keeping your thermostat set to 78 degrees will save money while keeping you relatively comfortable. However, if your thermostat is programmable, you can do even more to save energy. Make sure it doesn’t turn on when you know no one will be home, and set it to run less frequently at night when it’s cooler.”
For more detailed eco-friendly guidelines, the HomeAdvisor article called Going Green in Your Home talks about specific ways on how to adopt a green lifestyle at home. Here’s an excerpt:
“The flooring in one’s home can be anything but “green,” particularly when it comes to carpeting. The padding of a carpet can be made using petroleum, which is not renewable and consumes a significant amount of energy. In addition, old carpeting that is no longer in use ends up in the nation’s landfills. When installing new flooring, people can make wise decisions on the type of flooring materials that they use. Popular green flooring solutions include bamboo, cork, stone, hardwood, ceramic tile, and linoleum. If carpeting is one’s preference, there are some options that can help make it more eco-friendly. Look for carpeting that carries the Green Label or the Green Label Plus from the Carpet and Rug Institute. This is meant to signal consumers that they are considering carpeting with the lowest possible emissions at the time of purchase. Another option is to purchase recycled tile.”
If you’d like to know more about adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle, you can check our other articles, and learn about several ways to going green.