Turning your home green or environmentally friendly means saving money on utility bills, living in healthier surroundings, and possibly improving the resale value of your home.
Here’s how you can do it:
Switch to LED or CFL light bulbs
Using energy-efficient light bulbs such as light-emitting diode (LED) or compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs can make a huge difference in making your home environmentally friendly to help you go green. Regular incandescent light bulbs end up using a lot more electricity, burning more fossil fuels. On the other hand, LED and CFL light bulbs save more energy and last longer. They also lower your electric bill.
Recycle your trash
Collect all the used soda cans, water bottles, and cardboard in your home. Donate them to the nearest waste management center or set them aside for future use. You can turn your soda into cans into pencil holders and other crafts projects. To make recycling your trash easier, place segregated trash cans throughout your home.
Have a compost bin
Most food scraps go straight to the trash can after use. Instead of throwing away your leftover table and cooking scraps, place them in a compost bin. You can also use the bin for egg shells, leaves, plants, and other organic materials. These scraps will eventually decay and turn into compost you can use to fertilize your garden.
Fix leaky toilets and faucets
Leaky toilets and faucets can waste a ton of water if left unfixed. Make sure to regularly check your toilets and faucets for drips. Save gallons of water and reduce your utility bills by doing so.
Use natural or biodegradable cleaning products
Many common household cleaning products are filled with chemicals that are harmful to the environment… and to humans. Switch to natural or biodegradable cleaning products like baking soda, vinegar, or citric acid for cleaning, bleaching, and deodorizing.
Buy eco-friendly fabrics
When buying clothes, linens, bed sheets, or any kind of fabric for your home, check their tags. They’ll indicate if the product is free from chemicals and synthetic dyes.
Use cloth towels instead of paper towels
Toilet paper rolls and paper towels are essential but they cause a lot of waste. Each year, 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used by US households, yielding up to 3,000 tons of paper waste. If each household reduced their paper towel consumption by just three rolls a year, it would eliminate 120,000 tons of trash.
To save on paper towels, use cloth towels for wiping hands. Sponges and tea towels can also be used to clean up kitchen and household spills.
Fill your home with air purifying plants
Spider plants, snake plants, and garden mums clean the air by reducing carbon dioxide. Use these indoor plants to improve the air quality of your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or bath.
Install solar panels
Another way to go green is by place solar panels to absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity. During the Industrial Revolution, solar energy was used to heat the water that produced the steam to drive machinery. Thanks to rapid advances in research and development, solar is now the cheapest form of energy around. Shop around for the right kind of solar panels for your home. Save on your electricity bill and reduce the use of fossil fuels.
The Goswitz Team will be happy to help you find your own environmentally friendly home right in Knoxville, Tennessee. Contact the Goswitz Team by calling 865.218.1159 o email frank(at)goswitz(dotted)com.