Making Over Your Home the Green Way

Posted on 21st April 2012 in HOME & GARDEN

Around the world, people are beginning to really understand how big an impact humans can actually have on their environment. We are all beginning to understand that even in designing homes a lot can be done that can benefit the environment. We’ll look at a few ways you can make your home greener and more sustainable with just a few, simple home improvements.

One of the first places you can look at in the quest to cut down on the environmental impact of your house is at your appliances. Many old home appliances weren’t design with energy savings and sustainability in mind. However, the times have changed and companies are more aware of making their appliances more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. And the best thing about green appliances for you, the user, isn’t that they are green, but that they will save you a lot of money and eventually pay for themselves with lower electricity bills.

Reducing wasted water is another great way to making your home more environmentally friendly. Reevaluate you home’s plumbing, fix leaky faucets, and replace your toilet fixtures with water saving types. And if you have some extra cash, you might also want to invest in a greywater system so that water used to wash you hands or the clothes can be recycled to be used for flushing the toilet and watering the lawn.

However, on top of the physical changes that can be made on your home’s water system, it is also important to make sure that your family’s water usage habits change as well. Physical changes like changing out leaky faucets and installing a greywater system can make a big difference, but you can make an even bigger difference if you simply remember to turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth or choose to use the shower rather than the the bathtub.

Making changes to your home’s lighting is also a great way to both make your home greener and save a lot of money. Efficient lighting systems like LEDs and compact fluorescent lamps can help to dramatically cut down the energy consumption of your home.

Drafty homes are also a very energy un-efficient homes. Fixing drafty windows and improving your home’s insulation can help you cut down on the amount of heating you’ll need in the winter and also make your home cooler in the summer.

And then, of course, there’s simply “recycling” or “reusing” old things in your home and saving them from the garbage can. A jar with an interesting shape can be filled with colored stones or beads or seeds, for example. Doing your part to keep as much waste from reaching the garbage dump and becoming something useful is one of the more direct ways you can positively impact the environment.

Green doesn’t mean you have to go all out and install solar panels and windmills for power, drive an electric car and use a compost toilet. Simply reevaluating your house and reducing consumption is still the best way to start going green. With a few simple changes, you can lower your carbon footprint and make your home greener and more sustainable!

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