Ways to Green Up Your Home
Well the best thing to do would be plant a garden and put in a few fruit and nut trees if you have the space in
the yard, but there are many approaches you can take to being truly green.
The smallest change you make can save you money as well as having an impact on the environment, and don't think
for a second that your actions will not be worthwhile.
Non renewable energy from fossil fuels is adding to global warming with the emissions produced during power
generation, so look at your ability to reduce consumption in your home today.
Lighting using new generation CFL bulbs will cut your demand for power here by as much as 70 per cent and the
units last up to 5 times the use of the old incandescent bulbs.
Hot water thermostats turned down 10? will reduce heating utility costs here by 10-15 per cent immediately.
Cutting your vehicle speed by 10mph will save fuel at 10 per cent or more and you will feel less stressed at having
to maintain concentration at higher speed.
When you examine how your home operates in more detail, an eco-audit will show how many areas of daily life can
easily be adapted to save even more energy and reduce that utility bill.
Use your appliances on settings that are appropriate to the load they have. Don't just wash a few dishes at a
time or a couple of clothing items. You won't be wasting just power either but the precious resource that is
When the machine is not in use turn it off at the wall as standby power demand for even a clock radio can add up
to $5 per month.
Computers use even more in this mode so get used to shutting them down completely. On the same subject, get into
the habit of turning lights off when leaving a room, or put in timers to do so automatically.
Habits in another area need to change as well. Learn to separate rubbish and recycle where you can. Some cities
will process everything from glass, plastic, metal and paper products after it has been sorted by the
You can use any leftover food scraps and garden waste for compost to enrich your soil as well.
When looking at food and other grocery items choose those that have the least packaging and are fresh. Highly
processed produce and food that has needed wrapping to get it to you is not only eco-unfriendly but possibly not
even as healthy as that you can grow yourself.
When it comes to choosing your power consider the possibility of adding your own solar or wind power
generator to the home. For relatively little outlay, some basic DIY skills and kit sets from genuine suppliers
you can become entirely self sufficient.
Making sure the home is well insulated will reduce demand and make the choice of renewable energy even easier.
This may mean adding insulation from the roof cavity, in to wall linings and right under the floor to be completely
effective, but the payback in reduced energy demand will be 2-3 years in most cases. A great investment!
From the above it can be seen that ways to green up your home are almost limitless. From the roof down to the
basement small changes will result in a greener home. When you shower in the morning use a timer, fit a lower
pressure showerhead and insulate the pipes carrying the hot water to start the day on a more efficient green
Consider sharing that commute in a car pool or take public transport to reduce your carbon footprint even
further and the die is cast to a greener world for future generations. The more you do, the easier it will get and
your friends and neighbors will begin to follow the lead you take.
You could be saving money and ensuring you eat the most nutritious foods by having your own fruit and veggie garden. Check out this simple
guide by 1 Stop Organic Gardening: