Get With The Times! Updating Your Home To Be Environmentally Friendly

Have you recently thought about joining the 21st century? I’m sure you have all of the tech you need to be up to date. But have you thought about the impact all this technology is having on the environment? If you are looking to be in a home of the 21st century, you need to start thinking about what you can do to make your home more sustainable. The realization that planet Earth is working with limited resources is slowly dawning on everyone. They say that charity begins at home. So does helping the planet. There are relatively simple and effective ways you can help the environment, and it can help you save money too!

Save Your Electrical Output

  • If you are still using the standard electrical bulb, replacing it with CFL’s (Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs) will save you 66% more energy. In fact, trading one of your standard lights for one CFL will save you four hundred pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Changing your appliances to lower energy ones will use from 10% to 50% less energy than the typical models.
  • Do you look in the fridge before deciding what you want? Peeking into the fridge can cost around $12 to $24 a year!
  • Use your microwave to cook instead of the oven as it will use 50% less energy. Or if you have to use the oven, use all of the shelves at the same time to cook your food.
  • Wash your clothes in the washing machine with colder water or at a colder temperature to save 40% less electricity or 85%to 90% less energy regarding heating the water.
  • Worried about your pipes freezing? Use electrical heat tracing to protect your pipes, and the equipment self-regulates itself, cutting down on heat supply.
  • Worried about your heating bill? Have a party! One person can generate the same amount of heat as a 100-watt heater. So get together and have a winter warmer party!
  • Unplug your TV!

Be Eco Smart

  • Open the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in; it can save 10% on your heating bill!
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1 degree Centigrade to save about $40 on your heating bill.
  • Don’t use cleaning products that are full of chemicals. Using natural remedies like vinegar to clean your toilets and sink to kill bacteria and mold. Bicarbonate of soda and boiling water is a great way to unblock the sink!
  • Are you looking to fix up on your home improvements for cheap while making your house look nice? Growing houseplants will improve the air circulation in your home.
  • Sleep on sheets that are organic. Cotton linens account for 25% of the use of insecticide. Organic cotton or sustainable bamboo is preferred.

Reduce Your Water

  • Turn off your tap when brushing your teeth!
  • Fix the leaky faucet or toilet. 182 liters of water is lost in total every week from leaky taps and 757 liters every day from a toilet!
  • Get in the shower. It uses 14% less water than when you have a bath. However, that will depend on how long you shower for!

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