How to Go Green at Home

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. Choose 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.
  4. Improve 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, too.

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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