Earth Day is fast approaching and often reminds us of the importance of living a more green life. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues occurs each year on April 22.
Improvements for a Greener Home
Want to make your home greener without having to spend too much time and energy on it? There are a few simple things you can do that’ll make your home more green literally overnight with very little effort.
Here are a few simple improvements you can make for a greener home.
Invest in Smart Lights
Getting a light switch system or smart outlet that automatically turns off is a great way to save energy and help the environment. This is an especially good idea if you have a hard time remembering to turn off the light or have children who aren’t in the habit of turning the lights off.
Purchase Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Energy saving light bulbs use much less energy than the typical light bulb. They generate less heat and produce just as much light as your typical light bulb. Yes, they are slightly more expensive than a run-of-the-mill light bulb. However, if you care about going green, this is a really simple way to do so.
Water Conserving Shower Heads
Water conserving shower heads are very affordable, easy to install and can help you save a lot of money on your water bills. Essentially what they do is inject air inside the streams of water. It still feels like you’re getting a full blast of water on your body when you shower, but you’re actually using a lot less water.
Improve Your House’s Insulation
Improving your home’s insulation can save you a lot of energy in the long run. It might take a bit of upfront investment, but it’ll easily pay for itself. Insulation will help you keep the heat in during winter and the heat out in summer. It’ll help you reduce both your air conditioning and heating bills. Different kinds of homes and different climates work best with different kinds of insulation. Talk to a local expert to figure out your exact cost to benefit ratio.
Use Green Products Wherever Possible
There are many places you can opt to go green in your house. You can buy green dishwasher soap instead of commercial detergents. You can even make your own laundry detergent. Buy organic soap in your local Whole Foods instead of mass produced soap. You can buy biodegradable plastics instead of plastics that clog up landfills. You can buy products made from recyclable products or which are themselves recyclable instead of products that contribute to our unsustainable waste growth.
These are just some of the many ways you can go green. Just about every room in your house can benefit from going green. Often times going green means not only helping the environment, but also saving money. It takes a little bit of effort in the beginning to set up your home properly, but the rewards more than justify the effort.
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