Simple ways to go GREEN at home
We reveal simple changes one can make at home to reduce carbon and water footprints and help ensure a healthy planet for future generations. Our actions to go green at home can contribute to an entire cause geared towards making the world a safer place for generations to come. If you are looking towards going green at home, it’s not as hard as you think. The methods might seem a bit overwhelming a change at first, but once you get used to it, you’re going to be able to find it easier to adapt and be more creative with greener practices. Some tips are:
Energy conservation is one of the most important thing one can do to go green and reduce carbon emissions. There are different ways to reduce a household’s energy use, ranging from simple behavioral adjustments to extensive home improvements. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. Here are few tips that would help to conserve energy at home –
- Utilize Natural Light.
- Replace Traditional Light Bulbs with LEDs.
- Get a Smart Thermostat.
- Ensure proper Home Insulation.
- Put Decorative Lights on a Timer.
- Identify and Unplug Energy Vampires.
- Reduce Appliance Use.
- Purchase energy efficient appliances
- Upgrade your HVAC system
- Install energy efficient windows
- Weatherize your home
Invest in Renewable Energy for Electricity
An easy way that households can be more ecofriendly is to invest in renewable energy as a source for electricity. Most households are on a grid that provides energy from a non-sustainable source, like oil or gas. Solar panels uses sun as an energy source. Photovoltaic system utilises the sun’s energy and transforms it into electricity. The whole process is a much more environmentally clean option than using energy derived from the burning of fossil fuels. By doing so one is helping our planet Earth to reduce its carbon footprint. It’s a new way to cut off your humangous power bills while getting paid for what is being sold back to the grid.
Reduce the waste
The best thing we can do to limit the impact of rubbish on the environment is to reduce the waste. The process of ‘reduce’ begins with an examination of what one is using, and what it is used for. Make sure you reduce the likelihood of going excessive with things you don’t necessarily need. Reduction in the amount of waste thrown into the environment, reduces the levels of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Here are few tips on how one can do to reduce waste.
- Print on both sides of the paper to reduce paper wastage.
- Use electronic mail to reach out to people instead of sending paper mail.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.
- Avoid using disposable plates, spoons, glass, cups and napkins.
- Avoid buying items that are over-packaged with foil, paper, and plastic.
- Buy durable goods that have an extended warranty. They generally run longer and save landfill space.
- Use refillable pens instead of buying too many.
- Purchase multi-tasking products that perform different kinds of jobs in one.
Reuse is the action or practice of using an item, whether for its original purpose (conventional reuse) or to fulfil a different function (creative reuse). It is one of the best ways to stop waste, and there are ample opportunities to put it into practice every day. We can maintain and repair durable products, reuse bags, containers and other items, borrow, rent and share stuffs, sell or donate goods not in use for us. By doing so we are reducing the waste that pollute our planet.
At home we can reuse the following:
- Old jars and pots can be used to store items in the kitchen.
- Old tyres can either be sent to the recycling station or can be used to make tyre-swing.
- Used wood can be used as firewood or can be used as woodcraft.
- Old newspapers can be used to pack items or store old items.
- Old and waste envelopes can be used by children to make short notes.
- Old clothes can be turned into bags or tote-bags. Or else can be used as cleaning rags.
Recycling is the process by which a material is transformed again into a raw material that can be shaped into a new item. However, there are very few materials on the earth that cannot be recycled. Recycle your e-waste responsibly: E-waste, or electronic waste, can come in the form of gadgets or electrical things you don’t use, such as batteries and older gadgets that are broken or in disrepair. Throwing them nonchalantly can spread pollutants such as polyvinyl chloride, beryllium, mercury, and lead. If you need to throw these away, try finding a verified recycler instead.
Recycling is very important as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce the pollution caused by waste.
We can recycle plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, metallic items in the home such as empty spray cans, tin, foils, food can etc. Keep a space in your cupboard so that it is easier for you to put the recyclables in their proper place. When going out, stop at your local recycling center and drop off anything that was not picked up by your curbside service. Refuse provider website will give comprehensive information about what is or is not suitable for your recycling container.
Plant a vegetable garden
All it needs is a bit of land, lots of sunlight, water, manure and some seeds or seedlings to start a garden. It would be ideal to have a herb garden so that you can always spice up your family’s needs. Growing your own food allows you to stop relying solely on traditional methods of purchasing your produce from a grocery store. The main advantage is that we get peace of mind knowing what we are eating and what has gone into producing that item. We can avoid carcinogenic pesticides and fertilisers from entering our body. We can make a positive impact on the environment by going green with home grown food.
Create your own compost
The soil is a natural fertilizer. It is much cheaper to make own compost than to go to the garden store and buy it. About half of the average household’s rubbish can be composted. . It is safer for the environment, and saves money. We can do our bit to save the environment by investing in a compost and turning our food waste into usable energy. If not, try to donate food waste to a local compost program. This not only allows you to go green at home, but also allows you to participate in the community.
Choose green cleaning products
Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Switching to green cleaning products is good for the health and wellbeing of your people, and it also prevents unnecessary chemicals from being released into the environment. It boosts the quality of the indoor air of your home. Thus there is less exposure to toxins in the long term for your family and pets. It won’t damage surfaces over time like traditional products can. Hence it is better for humans and the environment.