We all need to do our bit to protect the environment, and by visiting our website, you will pick up a lot of ideas on how you can go green. This includes going eco-friendly at home. From practical everyday habits to home renovations, you can save money while saving the world.
In this room-by-room guide, we will give you some ideas that you may find useful.
The bathroom is the one place in the house where a lot of waste occurs. We aren’t talking about your toilet, though we do have some advice in that direction in a moment. Rather, we are talking about water and the way we waste this precious commodity through baths and showers. Here are some bathroom tips.
- As alluded to above, use less water when you’re getting a bath or a shower. This includes cutting down the time you spend in the shower and only filling your bathtub up to halfway. We realise a deep bath and a long shower is relaxing, but the amount of water wasted is phenomenal.
- Pick up a low-flow showerhead, and replace it with your standard one. These water-efficient showerheads only use around 2 gallons per minute, compared to the regular version, which uses around 6 gallons per minute. They can be picked up at most hardware stores, and are easy to install.
- When getting a bath, don’t waste water by running your faucet without putting the plug in first. Yes, we know this is obvious, but many of us leave the water running until it reaches the desired temperature, before putting the plug in. It’s a waste, so stop it!
- If you’re living in an older house, you probably don’t have a water-efficient toilet. If this is the case, consider replacing your old loo with a dual flush toilet. They are designed to conserve water, with the option of a big or a small flush depending on what you have used the loo for.
- Oral hygiene is important, but it shouldn’t be to the detriment of water wastage. So, when brushing your teeth, turn the taps off until you need to rinse your brush. We also recommend biodegradable toothbrushes, which are more eco-friendly than the plastic alternative. Click here for more information.
- When buying your hair and cosmetic products, use natural alternatives to those brands that contain harmful chemicals which could cause pollution when washed down your drain. Be sure to check for the triangular recycling symbol on the packaging, rather than buying yet another plastic product that will fill up your local landfill.
With the number of appliances running in the kitchen, we use a lot of energy. Thankfully, there are ways to save money and cut down on electricity. Read on.
- Look for the energy star when buying a new appliance. This is your guarantee that your purchase will use a lot less energy than the rickety old appliance you may currently have sitting in the corner of your kitchen.
- Check the seals on your refrigerator door, as if it doesn’t shut properly, you are going to waste a lot of energy. Likewise, don’t stand for ages gazing into your refrigerator when thinking about what to eat. That chocolate cake isn’t only going to pile on the calories; it’s going to hike up your electricity bill as well if you spend time deliberating over it!
- Don’t waste water in your dishwasher and washing machine with half-loads. When possible, fill them up before turning them on.
- If you hand wash your dishes, don’t leave the water running endlessly. Use a separate tub with rinsing water after scrubbing the excess food off your plates. Then, rather than tip the water back down the sink, reuse the water on your garden perennials.
- Don’t throw away all your food waste. For starters, you should only cook the amount of food you are actually going to eat. However, if you do have food left over, use it on your compost, rather than dumping the excess into the bin.
The one room where it’s okay to lose energy, but only when it’s giving your body rest. In other areas, it’s time to cut down.
- None of us like to be cold in bed, but that doesn’t mean you need to have your thermostat running all night. Pile on extra blankets instead, or add an extra layer to your night clothes. A hot water bottle (or two) will cut down on the energy used by an electric blanket.
- Consider organic bedding. It’s can be more expensive than regular bed sheets, but it contains fewer chemicals, and you will be supporting your local agribusiness when you make the transition.
- Less is more when it comes to your closet. In short, don’t buy outfits you are rarely going to wear. A lot of water and energy is used in the manufacturing process, and you are adding to the demand when you can’t curb your shopping impulses.
- Consider having a no-electronic rule in your bedroom. Watching TV in bed is a good way to relax, but not when you fall asleep and leave it running all night while you snooze.
A place to relax and unwind after a hard day at work. However, your chill out time will be ruined by your latest energy bill if you don’t make an effort to change your habits.
- Smartphones, tablets, games consoles, laptops… great gadgets to own, but not at the expense of your electric bill. When you’re not using them, unplug them from the mains, and when charging them, disconnect them on completion.
- On a sunny day, ensure the curtains are open wide to let the warmth of the sun fill your home. This way, you won’t need to turn the heating on until later on in the evening, if at all!.
- A wood-burning stove is an efficient and affordable source of heating. You will need to pay for the fuel, but it is way cheaper than using an electric or gas alternative. Say goodbye to those expensive utility bills forever!
- When buying furniture, look for brands who use sustainable resources. By doing so, you will be doing your bit to combat manufacturers who cut down thousands of forests a year to provide us with something comfortable to sit on.
- If you’re a fish keeper, you probably know that an aquarium needs quite a lot of water to be filled in. Instead of regularly changing it with fresh new water, consider placing proper live plants inside or setting up a UV filter for maintaining the water clear for a longer period of time.
We have only given you a few ideas, but take a look around our website for further advice. If we all work together and make a difference in the way we live, we will make an impact in the world. Make those positive choices today.
Salman is a prolific environmental writer, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management, sustainability and conservation all over the world.
Salman can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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