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Going Green In Your Home: 5 Affordable Ideas

Submitted by Zenka Hattingh

on Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:59

With Mother Nature reaching a breaking point, it’s no wonder that more households are choosing to go green – opting for a more eco-friendly way of living in order to encourage sustainability and actual growth. However, when it comes to going green in your home, many of us struggle to find affordable ideas, not really knowing where to begin in order to make a change.

Thus, if you’re trying to figure out how to live green at home without going broke, it’s advisable to keep the following green living ideas in mind:

1. Air dry your clothes.

Throwing clothes in the dryer may seem like the easiest thing to do, but you’re adding a significant amount to your utility bills on a monthly basis, not to mention the long-term impact you’re making on the environment. Instead, why not construct a washing line and make use of natural sunlight and wind to dry your clothes?

2. Wash in cold water.

If you’re trying to save energy, wash your clothes in cold water. Up to 85% of the energy used to wash your clothes in a washing machine goes towards heating up the water first. Not only is it an awful lot of energy wastage, it doesn’t make a massive difference compared to a cold wash. Your clothes will still come out clean and smelling fresh.

3. Purchase reusable bags.

Instead of purchasing disposable shopping bags at the grocery store, each time you purchase food, why not opt for strong, reusable bags which can be used on more than one occasion? It’ll save you money in the long run and reduce the amount of waste that leaves your home. It’s a win-win station for all.

4. Call a green plumber.

You may be using appliances which end up costing more on energy usage than you may think. Your faucets may be leaky or the temperature on your hot water heater may be too high for what you need. In which case, calling a green plumbing service to advise you on certain energy-saving methods as well as checking the current status of what’s going on with your taps and appliances will be the best choice you can ever make – especially if you’re determined to make green living work.

5. Use glass water bottles.

Not only is glass reusable, it’s also healthier for you – not being able to release chemicals over time. Thus, instead of purchasing plastic water bottles on a weekly basis, opt for reusable glass bottles to keep clean, fresh water in the fridge at all times. Think of all the money you’ll be able to save over time.

Bonus tip: Unplug chargers.

When not in use, unplug unnecessary chargers and appliances. You’re only wasting energy which can be utilised in a more efficient kind of way. At the end of the day, it’s all the small things that add up to your energy usage – contributing to an ‘overused’ environment desperately in need of a much-deserved break.

Going green in your home doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, the whole purpose behind eco-friendly living tips is to ensure that you’re able to save money in the long run as well as being able to contribute positively towards the wellbeing of nature.

What better way to do that than by hiring an accredited green plumber who’s able to provide relevant information on energy and water saving costs as well as practical suggestions on appliances to consider for everyday usage. Our licensed technicians are available on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us.

 

Source:

http://theartofsimple.net/tips-to-go-green-at-home/

http://www.worldwatch.org/resources/go_green_save_green