Breath of fresh air. Hnnnnnn… it feels cool and refreshing but when this air is interrupted by some unwanted odor, weather, environment etc. then I believe it’s time to go green. The United States still gets over half of its electricity from burning coal and fossil fuels. The equation is simple, less usage means less need for production. It is from this how to go green at home basics begins.
Greening your lifestyle around the house definitely involves cutting back on energy use, but it also means creating less waste and introducing fewer toxic chemicals into the environment. Many household cleaners contain harmful chemicals that can cause
respiratory, circulatory and other ailments, and they are inadequately labeled to alert consumers to this fact. Even if you avoid toxic chemicals, you can’t be assured of a protected environment if you don’t conserve energy so right here I bring to you some top Go green ideas that will be of help.
Here is some of the easy and inexpensive hacks to go green home.
ENERGY SAVING LIGHTS
Change as many incandescent light bulbs as possible to energy-saving compact fluorescent or even better LED bulbs. One 13-watt CFL puts out as much light as a 60-watt incandescent and saves about $45 over 10,000 hours, according to Consumer Reports. If you’re stuck on incandescent, a single 100-watt bulb gives as much light as two 60-watt bulbs and costs less to use. One simple Go green idea to start with is by saving energy.
Fix plumbing leaks. Running toilets and dripping faucets waste hundreds of gallons of water a month, and fixing them is usually a 10-20 minutes job. Leaking fixtures don’t just waste water. They waste the electricity it takes to keep water flowing to your house and to keep the water pressurized.
Compost your kitchen waste and start a garden in the backyard eeewww right? I know for those of us who are easily irritated by dirt’s. Composting requires not more than an old plastic trash can with a lid. Roll it on the ground every day to mix the compost, and after two weeks, use it to fortify your garden. You’ll throw out less garbage and have home-grown vegetables to eat as a bonus. I call that from trash to treasure… huh! Loll!!!
Turn down your water heater. It’s usually set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but you seldom need water that hot. Turn it down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and, while you’re at it, partially close the hot water valve on the washing machine so it uses less hot water.
Put a glass of water in your refrigerator with a thermometer in it. It shouldn’t be below 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius). Close the door on a piece of paper and try pulling out the paper. If you can do it easily, replace the door seals, because cold air is leaking from the refrigerator, which makes the refrigerator run more. The cold air makes the kitchen less warm.
Wear plenty of clothes indoors during winter so you can turn down the thermostat during the day, and use a warm, comfy blanket while sleeping so you can turn it down even more at night. Setting it back by 7 to 10 degrees can save you 10 percent on your heating bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In the summer, turn it up by the same amount, wear fewer clothes and use lighter blankets.
Recycle the gray water from your washing machine to pre-soak the next load. Washing the load in cold water will then remove all but the most stubborn stains.
SUN-DRY YOUR CLOTHES
Hang your clothes outside to dry whenever possible. You save several kilowatt-hours of electricity for every load you don’t put through the dryer. Keep the dryer working efficiently by cleaning the vents regularly. If they are blocked with lint, the dryer works harder, stays on longer and wastes energy.
ECOFRIENDLY CLEANING PRODUCTS
Stock your cleaning closet with eco-friendly cleaning supplies. Baking soda doubles as scouring powder, and by mixing it with vinegar and peroxide, you can make an effective drain cleaner. Use lemon juice and mineral oil as a furniture polish, and use white vinegar to clean glass and disinfect surfaces. Wash clothes with castile soap, which is vegetable-based and lacks toxic chemicals some other household cleaners contain.
Insulate your house to prevent heat loss in winter and to keep in the cool air in summer. Seal around windows and doors with silicone caulk, and block the fireplace when you aren’t using it. Put a sweep on the bottom of every exterior door, and cover the mail slot.
Whatever type of light bulbs you have, turn them off when you’re not using them. Whenever you have to replace an appliance, make sure it has Energy Star rating to ensure maximum energy efficiency.
So these are some of the easiest Go green idea for your homes.