Sustainable living is on the minds of most people today; with states experiencing year’s worth of drought conditions and weather patterns becoming unpredictable it’s no wonder. Making your home more environmentally friendly is not that hard to do, it just takes a bit of thought and continuous follow through.
Cut down on useless paper – With the availability of the internet it is as easy as a click of the button to stop monthly statements from clogging your mailbox. Credit card companies and utility companies offer payments online and most will send you your monthly statement via email, which also eliminates the need for storage boxes of paper. Just make sure that you back up your computer system on a regular basis so you won’t lose that valuable information. You can also cut back on prescreen offers of insurance and credit cards by contacting the credit agencies such as Experian, Trans Union and Equifax, and requesting that they mark your account as permanently opting out of these type of offers.
Appliances – If you are in the market for a new appliance choosing those with the Energy Star certification could save up to 30% in energy costs compared to older models. There are appliances that perform double duties such as a compact washer and dryer that does both jobs in one unit, which saves both water and energy.
Saving water – Many companies offer rain catching systems that will allow a homeowner to catch the precious drops falling from the sky to use as a watering system for plants, gardens and lawns. Water is a commodity that is becoming scarce in some parts of the world, and wasting it is going to become less of an option as time goes by. Using systems such as tankless water heaters and incinerating toilets will help to save water and cut back on monthly costs as well. Other water saving tips include; don’t use your toilet as a waste bucket (i.e., don’t use it to flush cigarette butts), as every flush uses water. Check your home for water leaks and install water saving faucets and showerheads.
Composting – This is great for anyone who likes to garden and it reduces the amount of trash going into landfills. Food scraps, coffee grinds, grass clippings, shredded newspaper, and dry leaves are all perfect for creating your own healthy fertilizer. There are even toilets that can compost! Many home improvement centers offer containers to start your own home composting projects.
Yearly maintenance – Performing maintenance on your homes appliances and systems will ensure that you are getting the most efficiency out of the appliance in question. Wrapping a water heater with an insulated blanket can save approximately 40% on heat loss. Ensuring that coils on air conditioners and refrigerators are clean will help the appliance to use less energy to run. Check furnace filters to ensure they are clean and read the manufacturers recommendations as to when the filter should be replaced.
Making your home a green one is not hard to do. Many “green” ideas can save money on monthly utility bills and in costly repairs or replacements. You’ll also be doing the planet a favor by saving our natural resources for future generations.