Be Green at Home

by G. White

be green at homeDoing your part to protect the environment once meant separating paper from plastic in your recycling bin and buying organic greens that you carried home in a reusable tote. But these days, there is a lot more you can do to be green and create a healthy home and it doesn’t cost a lot in either dollars or time.

Since we are human and creatures of habit, change takes time. Begin with small steps. To help you get started, here are a few environmentally friendly living tips on how you can turn your home sweet home into home green home.

Start by saving energy

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs they last up to 10 times longer.
  • Turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used.
  • Set cooling and heating temperatures correctly. Your refrigerator and freezer are probably the biggest electrical energy consumers in your house. Refrigerators do their job at around 37 F and freezers set at -3 F keep things nice and frosty. Set your home thermostat at 68 F in the day and 55 F at night. In the summer keep it at 78 F. Water heaters work most efficiently between 120 and 140 F.
  • Get unplugged by unplugging electronic appliances when not in use.
  • Use appliances efficiently. Wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Preheat your oven only when necessary.
  • Let the sunshine: Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.
  • Stop leaks: Plug, insulate, replace, repair, caulk, or seal to make your home as leak-proof as possible.

Clear the air

  • Ban smoking: The number one way to combat indoor air pollution is to never let anyone smoke in your home.
  • Grow plants indoors: Live plants act as natural air filters.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check for radon

Shun toxic products

  • Choose non-toxic cleaners.
  • Use cloths instead of cleaners.
  • Reduce the use of bug spray.

Grow a greener garden

  • Plant an edible garden.
  • Compost kitchen scraps.
  • Water your garden wisley.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn: Grass cuttings act as natural fertilizer when they decompose.

Beyond paper, plastic, and glass

  • Use durable goods
  • Buy recycled products.
  • Find creative ways to recycle household goods.

Conserve water

  • Save baths for special occasions: A shower uses about half as much water as the average bath. Just remember to keep it under 5 minutes.
  • Fill the sink to do dishes
  • Think before flushing: Don’t waste water flushing tampons, condoms, or flushable wipes down the toilet.

With a little “tweak” here and there, you will have a green home and reap the benefits!

 

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