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Not only will a greener home help you save valuable resources, it will also help you money and become more creative. There are three principles to think about: reducing your energy use; recycling, and spending less on new things. So, read on and find out how to greenify your living space!
Reducing Energy Use
Cutting down on the amount of waste you use is a critical part of going green. And we’re not just talking about rubbish. To reduce your carbon footprint, you should be making sure you are using as little energy as possible. Even just turning the lights off when you leave a room can make a difference. Look into getting a metre installed to keep track of your energy usage. Once you see that figure rising in real terms, you will think twice about using your clothes dryer!
If you want to cut your energy use down completely, then think about having solar panels installed. There is plenty of great info on the most technical side of things at Nova Lumos Solar Power for those that have a mind for it. But, in essence, the vast majority of the energy you use will be generated by the sun, and any surplus that you produce is taken by the energy companies and put back into the grid. And the best thing about that is that they even pay you for it! www.nova-lumos.biz
Recycle What You Have
The next time you go to your local refuse tip, have a quick look around before you leave. You will be astonished at the amount of perfectly acceptable things that people deem as rubbish. And the sad thing is that they replace them with things that will end up there again in less than a year. The trick is to make better use of what you have. And the fun part is learning to be more creative.
OK, so you might have grown a bit tired of your old dresser. But if it is still in usable condition, why not give it a makeover instead? A quick sand down, a lick of paint and some distressing in the right places gives you an instant shabby chic look. Learning to sew can help you reuse nice fabrics for upgrading your pillows. Having a renovation? Use the waste to create interesting pieces for your garden: these old window frames are a great example.
Of course, there are times when you will need to replace furniture, or buy a new bed for the spare room. That’s fine, but what we are talking about here is the amount of useless tat that many people buy. Let’s be honest; most of it is destined to end up in a landfill site in the not-too-distant future. Even when you forget about the environmental cost, stopping buying countless little bits and bobs will reduce the amount of clutter in your home.
Kids’ toys are a common problem. They are often made with cheap plastics that break easily, so can’t be passed on to charity or a new owner. If you have a young family, try and find higher quality toys made of sustainable materials instead. They will last a lot longer, and will reduce your carbon footprint.
Ok, that’s your lot for now. Please have a look around my blog if you want to get some more tips on leading a greener lifestyle. It’s easy to make that change!