Going green is something that each of us should contemplate because the environment and resources we rely on today are not just ours, but that our children and future generations will rely on as well. Going green at home may seem like a long and painstaking endeavor, but the simple truth is we can make some quick and easy eco-friendly changes today that can turn our house into a green home in no time at all.
Here are 16 easy ways to go green in our home that anyone can initiate right now:
- Exchange your regular incandescent light bulbs for CFL energy saving light bulbs.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when you’re not using them (just because they are “off” doesn’t mean they aren’t using at least some power).
- Wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot and invest in detergent that works just as well in cold water as hot.
- Shorten showers for everyone in the home, this will not only reduce your water usage but your energy usage as well.
- Install a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of water used during a shower.
- Install faucet aerators on every faucet so that the water usage is down while keeping the same amount of water pressure.
- If you have a garden, consider planting drought tolerant plants to cut down on water usage for the garden during the summer.
- Create a homemade compost bin that allows you to recycle organic material into fertilizer for your home garden or yard.
- Stops using disposable bags and consider using reusable bags instead.
- Stop purchasing plastic water bottles and instead using a single reusable water bottle or invest in a water pitcher with a filter.
- Reduce your use of paper by printing on both sides of a paper and having your children use scrap paper from old bills, information packet, etc for their coloring.
- Try to buy all your housing necessities like furniture, appliances and electronics second hand by utilizing sites like Craigslist and Freecycle.
- Line dry your laundry instead of using the dryer.
- Collect rain water and re-purpose it for watering your houseplants and garden.
- Switch to cloth diapers instead of disposable diapers (just eliminating one disposable diaper a day eliminates 360 trips to the landfill a year worldwide).
- Re-purpose glass jars as food and storage containers in your home.