Today’s soaring energy costs, polluted air and excessive water consumption are alarming all of us to do our best in order to preserve our environment. That is why so many people turn to building eco-friendly homes. Consider replacing anything that poses threats to the environment with more eco-friendly solutions.
The first step towards a green home is replacing all of the old light bulbs with the compact fluorescent ones. These bulbs use less energy and will last up to 10 times longer. Another energy-saving solution is setting the heating and cooling temperatures correctly. This means that you should set the fridge at around 37 °F and the freezer at -3 °F. As far as heating systems are concerned, get an electronic thermostat for the furnaces and keep the heat at the comfortable, yet energy-preserving levels (around 68 °F during the winter). Lastly, make sure to unplug any appliances from the sockets when you are not using them, since these still use the power even though they are not turned on.
Clean and fresh air in your home is beneficial for the whole family. Make sure to ban smoking inside. The cigarette smoke is as equally harmful as letting a diesel bus into your room. Also, you should grow some plants indoors. Plants are natural air filters that will eliminate all the toxins from air. The best plants to help better the air are spider and rubber plants, palm trees and air plants. Additionally, you can install the carbon monoxide detector that will alarm you when you and your family are exposed to a dangerous odorless gas that can be deadly.
Bare walls with no proper insulation will waste heat during winter and stop you from cooling down the house during summer. This all leads to wasted energy and insane electricity bills. Luckily, there is one great solution – sustainable cladding systems. When it comes to these, you have plenty of options that will green up your home. You can install fiber cement, wood, vinyl or brick cladding systems and completely change the energy consumption in your home. Also, you can opt for more traditional ways of insulation such as wool, fiberglass or cork and put an end to energy waste. Additionally, you can install a green roof and completely dedicate your home to preserving the environment and encouraging the biodiversity in your town.
When searching for your next batch of cleaning products, invest a bit more time and money into eco-friendly alternatives that can be found practically anywhere or make them yourself. However, if you want, you can completely skip the cleaning products and start using microfiber cloths for cleaning. Damp such cloths with water and they can perfectly clean most of the surfaces like stainless steel, glass, wood, ceramics and brass. Also, when dry, micro fiber cloths attract dust, so all you have to do to reuse them in future is wash them with some clean water.
There are plenty of small hacks that will conserve the water in your home. Before turning on the dishwasher or a washing machine, wait for the full load. These machines use more than 25 gallons of water, so make every drop count. Also, cut the time you spend in the shower, because you can get perfectly clean in just 5 minutes instead of soaking yourself for 20. Additionally, install a low-flow toilet and low-flow shower heads and limit the consumption of water each time you are in there.
Do yourself, your family and the environment a favor and make these few adjustments in your home. After just one month you will notice a huge difference in the overall atmosphere in your home, and a decrease in wasting money and energy due to misuse of the appliances and lack of insulation.