Did you know that there are a number of ways that you can go green in your home? It’s the perfect way to reduce your environmental impact, live a healthier life and even save money. Plus, with the right tax tools you can take advantage of a number of different tax breaks and rebates. Here are a few simple things you can start doing right now.
- How to Save Energy
By setting your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in the winter and just a few degrees higher in the summer, you can save on your utility bills. Further, to save energy you can:
- Wash your clothes in cold water. A great deal of energy is used heat the water in washing machines.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Use a clothesline or drying rack to save energy on machine drying.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Consider installing warmup electric underfloor heating, as it is more energy-efficient than other ways of heating.
- How to Save Water
There are several ways to save water at home:
- Take shorter showers to lower water and heating bills and reduce water usage.
- Install a low-flow showerhead.
- Plant drought-tolerant plants that require minimal watering.
- Invest in a tap aerator for all your taps to conserve heat.
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- How to Save on Gas Bills
Using less gas means saving more money while helping the environment. Here are a few suggestions:
- Bike or walk to work to save on gas as well as parking costs.
- If you live far from work, telecommute or even move closer.
- How to Eat Smart
You can even go green with your heating habits.
- If you do eat meat, add one or two meatless meals a week. Meat can cost a great deal to store and comes with hefty health and environmental costs.
- Whenever possible, purchase humane, locally raised organic meat and dairy from local farmers to help keep the money in your local economy.
- Ditch the Bottled Water
Do away with plastic and:
- Use a water filter to purify the tap water in your home.
- Use a reusable water bottle, preferably made out of aluminium instead of plastic, when travelling or even at work.
- Think Before Making Purchases
- Find pre-loved products when it comes to appliances and furniture.
- Visit garage sales and thrift stores for clothing and other everyday items.
- Buy in bulk since purchasing bulk food items can save on packaging and money,
- Opt for clothing that doesn’t have to be dry-cleaned, which can cut down on the use of toxic chemicals.
- Invest in long-lasting, top-quality products that don’t have to be replaced frequently.
- Watch Where You Put Those Electronics
You can also go green when it comes to discarding electronics.
- Keep computers, mobile phones and computers for as long as you can.
- Recycle or donate electronics. E-waste contains a great deal of toxics and mercury.
- Don’t Forget the Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products can be highly toxic, but there are ways to go green at home.
- Make non-toxic cleaning products whenever you need to use them. All you need are a couple of ingredients such as soap, lemon, vinegar and baking soda.
- By making your own cleaning products, you can save time, money and packaging – and improve the quality of your indoor air.
Use these tips to start going green in your home.