To Make Your Home Green
Tips to make a green home
It is a myth that going green is synonymous to some sort of self-sacrifice, that often comes at great expense and inconvenience. Going green is not really about doing something good for the planet, but is instead about improving your own quality of life through making your environment safe and healthy. Fertilizers, pesticides, paint, trash, automobile fluids, animal wastes and other pollutants can end up in the storm drain system, that flows into rivers, harbors, and oceans, and makes the water toxic, destroying the aquatic life and underwater ecosystem. A few simple changes here and there can help save the planet, cut your energy expenditure and make your home eco-friendly.
Tips To Make Your Home Green And Eco-friendly
- Replace old style bulbs with energy saving ones (the compact fluorescent light bulbs).
- Monitor electricity consumption,
- Look for energy star labels when purchasing appliances such as microwave ovens, refrigerators and washing machines.
- Buy an eco-kettle. It is more energy efficient.
- Consider investing in solar panels. They can be expensive to install but make long-term savings.
- Install underfloor heating in older properties and new built homes. It is particularly suited for bathrooms.
- Buy furniture made from recycled material.
- Choose wood framed windows. They are easier to repair, more insulating, last a lifetime and cause less pollution.
- Insulate your loft using natural or recycled materials.
- Add thick curtains and drapes at windows or doors. Windows if not properly dressed, contribute to heat loss or excessive solar gain.
- Create a recycling or composting station. Half of the trash that homes produce is composed of food scraps. You can use these to make organic compost and fertilizer for your garden.
- Leave your shoes at the door. This avoids getting stains on the carpet, and reduces the outside toxins and pollutants from coming into your home. You can neatly arrange your shoes in the entryway or purchase a shoe rack.
- Native landscaping. Use native trees and plants to landscape your yard. It is low maintenance and beautiful.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. You can get it from a local hardware shop.
- Check for radon levels in your home. Radon is a radioactive gas present in the soil naturally that can enter your home through cracks in the foundation.
- Avoid VOCs in your paint, that includes nasty chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene and acetone which off gas particles in the air causing adverse effects. Use water-based paints with natural pigments to color the walls. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) many household items, including the furniture, building materials, carpets, and cleaning supplies contain the volatile organic compounds. Buy low or no VOCs products.
- Install foot pedals on your sinks. With this, you can control the water flow with your foot. It can help you save on your water consumption.
- Eco-friendly flooring. The small fibers and deep crevices make carpet accumulates dust, mites and toxins over years and is hard to keep clean. The more sustainable options include wood, bamboo, and cork floors. They are easy to clean. Use reclaimed woods from beams and fallen trees. Look for adhesives and furnishings when working with bamboo.
- Green carpeting. The best options are natural fiber rugs like wool, organic cotton, and silk that can be picked up vacuumed under, and cleaned when needed.
- Eco-friendly mattresses.