Going green tips

Green is a trend that has swept the globe and is becoming increasingly popular. It is now becoming far easier to make your home environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient. You don’t have to incorporate dramatic changes into your home environment to ride the green wave – there are smaller things you can do to contribute to reducing your carbon footprint. Follow these easy, straightforward going green tips for a happier, healthier and greener home.

Start small

Going green at home doesn’t have to include installing large appliances and implementing new insulation. Here are some simple going green tips that you can fulfil easily:

  • Switch light bulbs to fluorescent
  • Use reusable bags
  • Use reusable water bottles
  • Wash laundry in cold rather than hot water
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater

Build up

Once you have maintained a green lifestyle in the small details, you can start to think about using going green tips in the slightly bigger aspects of the home, such as:

  • Plant a herb garden
  • Make a compost heap with all your wasted foodstuff
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Harvest rainwaterCompost heap -- going green

Make it a habit

It’s not always easy to remember to switch off a light when you leave a room, but its small things like this that a person can do to easily reduce their carbon footprint. Other examples include:

  • Make us of natural light until it’s no longer there
  • Do all your errands and routine activities at the same time and save on petrol — and sanity
  • Switch off and unplug your computer at night
  • Pay bills online
  • Don’t print — email
  • Recycle
  • Make your own household cleaners

When it comes to the environment, being a good global citizen starts at your doorstep. From recycling to using alternative cleaning materials, minor changes at home can add up to real benefits for the planet, not to mention your own health and happiness.

Sources: MSN Real Estate and Simple Mom

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