Being environmentally conscious makes you a more responsible global citizen and can also save your quite a fortune in monthly expenses. You can make your home green without incurring the costs of expensive home improvements by changing your lifestyle habits.
Making your home green can be done by reducing your energy consumption and consuming water more efficiently and none of these involves making drastic changes to your lifestyle. There are many ways household waste energy and water and all you have to do is identify what they are in your home and stop the wastage.
Follow these tips to make your home green.
Buy energy-efficient appliances
When shopping for a new household appliance, go for the one with the highest energy efficiency rating. Check the energy rating of every appliance you buy. 5 is the highest rating, and what you should go for, while 1 is the lowest rating but some countries use alphabetical rating where A is the highest rating with G being the lowest.
Old appliances consume more power because they run on old technology plus an appliance’s efficiency reduces as it ages so consider replacing your old household appliances.
Reduce your water consumption
You don’t have to skip showers to save on water but you can install low flow shower heads from Insignia Showers and taps in your home to lower your water consumption. Low flow shower heads typically save you 3 gallons for every minute of use on what you would have consumed with a standard shower head.
For your landscaping, opt for indigenous plants which require less watering than exotic plants which also need more attention, garden inputs and pesticides.
Do your laundry in bulk to save on water and electricity. Wash your clothes in cold water and air dry them instead of hot wash and using the electric drier.
Drink tap water
Bottled water is made through a manufacturing process with carbon emissions and also presents a plastic problem which as you may already know is killing sea animals and causing lots of other environmental problems.
Rather than drinking bottled water, make the one-time investment in a Water Purifier Pitcher to make your tap water safe for drinking. You will save money and avoid a plastic menace in your neighbourhood as well.
Buy a recyclable water bottle and use to carry drinking water to the office and in your car. Only buy bottled water when you are travelling.
Ditch the air conditioner
Most air conditioners are rated at least 2000W which means it consumes 20 kWH when it runs for only 10 hours.
You could avoid costly electricity bills by running your air conditioner for less hours or ditching it altogether. Open or close your windows during the day for natural temperature regulation using the wind. Alternatively, you can install a programmable thermostat so your air conditioner doesn’t run when there’s no one to use it.
For maximum savings though, remove your air conditioner and replace it with ceiling fans. Fans have significantly lower ratings than air conditioner and do almost the same job.