Thursday, 04 June 2020

How Homeowners Can Go Green NOW

Written by Posted On Saturday, 20 October 2018 19:35

Even though most of us are moving towards more environmentally-friendly approaches in our daily living, we can always do more to create a sustainable world. Not only does going green feel good, but it can also save you money and improve the longevity of your home.

Let's get into the top tips.

Take Water Seriously

Let's be real here. We waste a lot of water. In fact, 95% of the water entering our home goes directly down the drain, and more than 50% of landscaping water gets evaporated or runoff due to overwatering. Around the world, people typically exist on less than 3 gallons of water per day or less. In America? That's the average amount of flushing one older toilet.

So, with those staggering statistics out of the way, it's time for us all to focus on reducing our water consumption. If you have a leaky faucet, that's the first thing to fix (a single drop per second can waste almost 3000 gallons per year). After that, tiny changes can add up. Consider upgrading your appliances (toilets, washing machines, dishwashers). And STOP running the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth (but you knew that one already).

And don't overlook collecting rainwater! You can use it to water your garden or houseplants.

Eliminate Excess Energy

Residential solar panels provide homeowners with completely clean and sustainable energy. They make for great long-term investments, and they are incredibly kind on the environment. Solar panels allow you to significantly reduce or completely eliminate your electric bills. Combined with other tax credits or rebates, these make for financially-savvy choices.

Another great way to improve your home's eco-friendliness? Double up on your insulation efforts. Excellent insulation holds in heat, which means you don't burn excess energy reheating the home all the time. You can double-glaze windows to improve insulation, and you can also cover tile or hardwood floors with area rugs. 

Turn off lights when you leave the home and make sure that you turn off electronics and appliances routinely (especially if you are going to be away for an extended period of time). 

Finally, if you haven't already switched over to energy-efficient light bulbs, now is the time. They use less energy, last longer, and they typically cost about the same or even less than traditional bulbs. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

When it comes to this famous mantra, it's important to remember that the order matters. That means that you should focus as much energy as you can on reducing, then reusing, then recycling.  For example, it's just not enough to recycle your soda cans. Can you focus on reducing your soda can use altogether? Can you focus on utilizing a substitute? 

Once you apply the reduce method to all areas of your life, you'll notice that it's easy to practice better sustainability. In other words, you'll stop buying one-time-use-only items, which will force you to become more creative with your lifestyle habits. 

Reducing your overall waste creates for a cleaner environment. It also improves your financial and mental well-being. After all, all that excess clutter costs time and money.




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