One of the greatest concerns that many of us have is how we affect the environment around us. I am, of course, talking about how “green” we are in today’s modern world. Growing numbers of people want to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Perhaps the most common method of doing that is by looking at our home lives. You’d feel shocked by the number of people that aren’t aware of how much energy they use. Or how little they recycle! If you’d like to paint a greener picture of your home life, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are some practical steps you can take to lead a greener lifestyle at home.
Switch to LED lighting
Go to any place like Home Depot, and you’ll find energy-saving CFL bulbs in the lighting section. Sure, they are more energy efficient than regular incandescent lights. But, did you know that LED lights can use even less energy?
LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” LEDs are tiny circuit board diodes that emit a powerful light. They are gaining popularity because they also emit little heat. Unlike CFL and incandescent bulbs.
The only downside to LED lights is that they cost more to buy than CFL bulbs. But what you might not know is that they last longer! Although the initial investment is high, the savings you make on your energy bills will be worth it!
Fit sun pipes
In rooms where all you have above you is the roof, you should consider getting sun pipes installed. In a nutshell, sun pipes are hollow tubes that get lined with reflective material and mirrors.
They divert the sunlight into the room and brighten it up. Their main selling point is that they work even in cloudy weather. The sun is a free source of light, whereas electricity is not. They are straightforward to install. Although you could hire a general contractor in NH to take care of the work for you.
Only buy things that you can recycle
The government has made a huge emphasis on home recycling. Food and drink cartons, cardboard and paper, can all get recycled. But what about things like appliances and electronics?
You should make sure that you can recycle your unwanted items when they’ve reached the end of their useful lives. For example, most of today’s electronic items can get recycled. The last thing you should do is throw away such items in the trash. That’s because they’ll end up at one of our many growing landfill sites!
Invest in solar panels
The great thing about solar panels is they can harness the sun’s energy for your power and heating needs. Do you have an unobstructed view of the sky from your roof? And is your home is pointing in a particular direction? If so, you should invest in solar panels.
You can sometimes get government grants towards the cost of solar panel installations. It’s a great way to be more eco-friendly and cut down on your energy bills.