How to Go Green at Home
Going green at home is great for the environment
– but it's great for your wallet, too! By making
some simple changes in the way you use your home and the things you
consume, you can do your part for the environment and improve your
bottom line as well. You don't have to make huge changes
to make a difference; start with the ideas below and give your home
a green makeover.
- Recycle: If you
don't already have a recycling zone set up, take some time
to pull together some bins for glass and plastic – and use
them. Every bit of plastic or glass you send off to be recycled is
one less piece added to the landfill.
- Compost: A compost bin can convert many of your leftover
food items and scraps into useful soil. Instead of throwing out the
tops or rinds of fruits and vegetables, toss them into the compost
bin instead – in a few months, you'll have some
great soil for your garden. Eggs and eggshells, banana peels, old
Halloween pumpkins, coffee grounds and used tea bags are all ideal
for the compost bin, too.
environmentally friendly furnishings: When you tackle a home
improvement project, choose low VOC paint and flooring made from
sustainable materials. Your home will be just as beautiful, without
such an impact on the environment.
your habits: Start making a conscious effort to turn off lights when
you leave a room – and turn off the TV or computer
monitor, too. Cutting back on your energy consumption will allow you
to live a greener lifestyle and lower your electric bills,
Ready to take the first steps
towards going green at home? Choosing energy efficient, earth
friendly options whenever you buy a new appliance or
upgrade your home's features allows you to constantly
improve your home's carbon footprint.
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