So you’re environmentally conscious… you recycle, you turn all the lights off when you leave the house, and you’re getting used to the idea of your kitchen compost. But what other ways can you incorporate green living in your home? There are actually quite a few small changes you can make that will have a positive impact! These easy ways to practice green living at home will not only help the planet… they’ll help you save money, too!
Green Living Tips for your Home
1. Replace your light bulbs: This one is may seem obvious, but the fact is that many people are still using old style lightbulbs instead of upgrading to energy saving ones. Energy saving bulbs will not only help the planet- they help you, too! Save on your electricity bill by swapping out energy-sucking lights for efficient, energy saving ones. You don’t have to wait for each lightbulb to die to replace it, either!
2. Insulate your attic: We all know that heat rises, but we often ignore this fact when it comes to our homes! Insulating your attic is well worth the investment, as you can often recoup the losses within 2-3 years. After that, it’s nothing but savings: for the environment, and for yourself!
3. Use thick or insulated curtains: Along the same lines, more substantial window coverings will help keep the sun out in the summer and block the cold in the winter. Just be careful when purchasing thick curtains, so you don’t accidentally create an old fashioned or gloomy look in your room. (Tips on picking the right curtains).
4. Swap your household cleaners: Switching to household cleaners with fewer chemicals can greatly reduce air pollution, both inside and outside your home. Cut back on this pollution, and cut yourself a break from allergies and overwhelming scents!
5. Turn off your computer at the end of the day: How much damage can a computer do in sleep mode? The answer is, more than you might think! Instead of letting your computer go to sleep, power it down completely when you’re done working for the day to conserve electricity. The same goes for other non-essential electronics.
6. Purchase reusable grocery bags: Now that stores have started charging you per bag, doesn’t it seem to make sense to simply bring your own? Grocery stores and others are doing their best to discourage you from using wasteful plastic bags… meet them halfway!
7. Buy a houseplant! If you’re getting tired of us telling you to get plants… thanks for being a loyal reader! We can’t stress this enough: plants in your home add tasteful decoration, a source of herbs for your next meal, cleaner air, and a more eco-friendly house!
8. Try organic food: Pfenning’s Organic Farm makes it easy to switch to organic! You can even order baskets of their organic, local produce online. Not only will you be supporting organic, pesticide free farming, you will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions simply from getting local produce. A win win situation!
9. Use low or non-VOC paint: What are VOCs? VOC stands for volatile organic compound. Doesn’t exactly sound friendly, does it? (No, in this case organic is not good at all). Low VOC paint should have less than 50 grams per liter of VOCs. You may notice that there is less of an overhwelming, dizzying smell with these paints as well!
10: Keep your freezer full: Weirdly enough, your freezer will operate more efficiently when it’s full. Freeze your leftovers, stock up on a month’s supply of meat… or just buy tons of ice cream bars!