“Green living” seem to be the buzz words on everyone’s lips. Don’t be put off by the hype! There are lots of benefits to giving your home an eco-friendly make over. Here are four simple tips to make your home green.
1. Energy Saving
Saving isn’t just for super heroes! There are everyday ways to help save on your energy bills. Switching off appliances, choosing energy efficient appliances and switching to energy efficient light bulbs are all simple ways to save energy. Want to save even more? Solar panels are a great long term investment when it comes to saving on your power bills. Experts in the field, like the team at www.aesol.com.au, have a lot of information which can help you get your head around the ins and outs of installing solar panels. While solar panels come at an initial cost, you will soon begin to see a decrease in your power bills.
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
The three fundamentals of helping the environment: reduce, reuse and recycle! These are simple and easy ways to help make your home more eco-friendly! Reducing your family’s waste produce can be easy as turning off extra lights or purchasing products with minimal packaging. Reuse items such as “green” bags when you go shopping or donate your old clothes instead of throwing them away. Separate your rubbish and recycling! Glass, plastic bottles, cans and many other products are recyclable and can be turned into other items such as garbage bags and even greeting cards! Go one step further by purchasing products made from recycled materials to help the environment even more.
3. Clean Green
Household cleaners that contain nasty chemicals and release toxic fumes? No thanks! Cleaning products that leave you feeling dizzy or nauseous can’t be good for your health or for the environment. Choosing a “green” cleaning product will clean your house just as effectively without leaving you with a nasty headache. When buying eco-friendly products, be sure to check the label. True green products should contain natural ingredients that are non-toxic, so if you find a product that has a hazard symbol or contains ammonia or chlorine, forget it!
4. Save a tree
Is your mail pile starting to look like a fire hazard? Choose a greener option and go digital! Instead of receiving you bills each month, opt to have them sent via email. Many financial institutions will also send your statements via email or have online hubs where you can log in and download them. If you’re a junk mail fanatic, many of your favorite companies will have an online catalog that you can browse instead of having a stash on your coffee table. Going digital not only saves you from a potential fire trap, it also helps reduce the number of trees cut down to make the paper your bills and statements are printed on.
Going green is surrounded by a lot of hype but don’t let that put you off! Changing some of your everyday habits will have you and the planet reaping the benefits. Please share your green tips below!