Ways To Go Green For Your Home

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Going green or improving your home’s energy efficiency ultimately helps the environment by using fewer resources to power your home. It can also save you money! If you’re ready to be eco-conscious, consider starting with the following ways to go green in your home.

Reuse and Recycle

Reusing items around the home, recycling your refuse and buying products made from recycled materials are all ways that you can decrease the amount of resources used to make new products. There are endless ways to reuse items at home. A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to reusing common items! For example, spaghetti sauce jars can definitely be used over and over again. For items you can’t reuse, find a recycling center near you to start dropping off all of your recyclable waste.

Use Solar Power

Using solar power to run your home is much more environmentally friendly than using up natural resources. Harnessing solar power can be done on a small scale – for example, to charge your cell phone. Some people however, are using solar power for a majority of their energy needs. There are a few ways to start using  solar power. Try a DIY solar lamp project to get you started, or gear up for the transition to a solar home.

Manage Energy Consumption

Another way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to simply use less power. Simple tips like turning off the lights when you leave the room and unplugging electronics when not in use are all good steps to take in order to use less energy. Investing in Energy Star appliances is important as well – they run more efficiently than other models and they save you money in the long run as well as help protect the environment.

Conserve Water

Use less water for a diminished carbon footprint. Lower your water usage overall by following simple steps like taking shorter showers and installing water efficient versions of shower heads and toilets. You can even recycle your grey water to maximize your home’s hydro-efficiency by using it to water your garden or flush toilets. Consider collecting rainwater for use in the garden and around the home as well.

Small steps toward a greener lifestyle are better than no steps at all. Even if you only bring one of these improvements home today, you’re well on your way to a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

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