I feel that it makes no sense to add to pollution in the world. I’m going to try to make my home green and eco-friendly as much as possible. I want to share my thoughts and ideas on making a home greener to make this planet a better place to live for you, me and for the entire universe.
Selecting The Right Products
It’s high time we started selecting products with the Energy Star Logo. For those of you who are unaware Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Those of us who purchase products with the energy star logo save up to one-third on our bills and if one in 10 homes used energy-efficient appliances; it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees according to the Energy Star website!
Insulate The Walls
By effectively insulating your walls heat will flow into your home during winter and out of your home during summer. Then you will be saving energy that will be needed to heat your home or cool it. But what can you do if your home has no wall insulation and has continuous wall cavities? There is nothing to worry you can use a blow in insulation, this is cost-effective and saves quite a lot of energy.
Water a resource that is getting scarce day by day. A few simple steps will help preserve water:
- Use an aerator on all your household faucets. So instead of water flowing like a stream as in usual faucets and aerator will ensure that the water is spread to droplets which helps save water consumption by almost 50% and avoids water splashing.
- Install commodes that use less water for flushing or adjust the float valve to make sure less water is pumped to the tank.
- When you brush your teeth or apply soap on your face make sure you close the tap these small behavioral changes will save an unbelievable amount of water!
Choose the right light bulbs
Replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps). Let me tell you why –Though CFLs cost 2 or 3 dollars more they last 10,000 hours and using 27-watts they give the same illumination as a 100-watt incandescent bulb.
That means by using CFLs you won’t need frequent replacements and will also be using less energy and saving on your electricity bill.
Plastics – Yes you need to reduce their usage!
The EPA states that the processing and burning of plastics which are made of petroleum is one of the main contributors global warming. So in our households we need to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic bags to combat global warming.
Create beautiful landscape views outside you window even if it means planting just a few plants and shrubs and getting a beautiful lighting done. If you have poor insulation this is sure to help you save energy, during summer it will block the radiation that warms the home and during winter bare branches would let the maximum possible warmth through!
Choose the right paint
Did you know that conventional paints contain solvents, toxic metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that result in air quality problems indoors that effect health, cause smog and also ozone pollution. To avoid this you need to opt for paint that contains zero or low VOC which is available in the market today!
Let’s work together to build a greener world for the future generations.