5 ways to green your home

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Improving your home’s energy efficiency ultimately helps the environment by using fewer resources to power your home. It can also save you money! If you’re ready to “green your home,” consider starting with these 5 simple ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Reuse and Recycle

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Reusing items around the home, recycling your refuse and buying products made from recycled materials are all ways that you can decrease the amount of resources used to make new products. There are endless ways to reuse items at home. A little creativity goes a long way when it comes to reusing common items! For example, spaghetti sauce jars can definitely be used over and over again. For items you can’t reuse, find a recycling center near you to start dropping off all of your recyclable waste.

Think Organic

Buying organic lessens the burden on our Earth by decreasing the amount of chemicals like pesticides and growth hormones being used in our ecosystem. Organic food and personal care products are also better for your health – the toxins associated with non-organic products are linked to all kinds of health problems, including cancers and autoimmune disorders. Fortunately, making the switch to a more natural organic lifestyle doesn’t have to be overwhelming. “Going organic” can be costly – if you feel like eating all-organic is out of your budget, start with choosing organic when buying the “Dirty Dozen.” These 12 fruits and vegetables are those that have the highest pesticide residue:

· Apples
· Celery
· Strawberries
· Peaches
· Spinach
· Nectarines
· Grapes
· Sweet Bell Peppers
· Potatoes
· Blueberries
· Lettuce
· Kale

Use Solar Power

Using solar power to run your home is much more environmentally friendly than using up natural resources. Harnessing solar power can be done on a small scale – for example, to charge your cell phone. Some people however, are using solar power for a majority of their energy needs. There are a few ways to start using solar power. Try a DIY solar lamp project to get you started, or gear up for the transition to a solar home.

Manage Energy Consumption

Another way to improve your home’s energy efficiency is to simply use less power. Simple tips like turning off the lights when you leave the room and unplugging electronics when not in use are all good steps to take in order to use less energy. Investing in Energy Star appliances is important as well – they run more efficiently than other models.

 

Conserve Water

Use Less Water

Use less water for a diminished carbon footprint. Lower your water usage overall by following simple steps like taking shorter showers and installing water efficient versions of showerheads and toilets. You can even recycle your greywater to maximize your home’s hydro-efficiency by using it to water your garden or flush toilets. Consider collecting rainwater for use in the garden and around the home as well.

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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist, writer, and educator on plant-based living. She founded Everblossom in 2009.

5 Responses

  1. Kourtney L.

    I love the idea of using old glass bottles as storage, we have been using an old apple juice container as a water bottle.

  2. Jenny K

    Thanks for all the great tips! We buy organic as much as we can, but sometimes the selection’s not that great at our local store so we just do what we can!

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