Convenient Ways To Go Green In Your House

Coming to grips that the way you live is doing more harm to the environment than good is a fairly easy thing to recognize. Changing your lifestyle to accommodate that is a little bit different. It’s easy to do what’s more convenient and usually that means not changing anything. But if we care about the earth we live in and the generations that will come after us, going green is key in sustaining healthy lives! There is debate on whether or not it is actually possible to be “waste free” completely, but you can be certain that if we all reduced the waste we use just a little bit, it’d have a long-term impact. Here’s five easy ways to go green in your home!

1. Watch Your Cleaning Products!
Okay, so having a clean house is a good thing. It’s good for personal health, and just more comfortable in general. However, a lot of modern day cleaning products aren’t just bad for the environment – but they contain an excessive amount of toxins that are infecting you under the guise of germ-killers! Find out what to look for, and stay away from them as much as possible! Also, be aware of other things you can clean with that are more environmentally healthy than your house-name cleaning products (for example, a lemon.)

2. Start buying LED Lights!
The next time one of your normal, incandescent light bulbs dies, go and spend a few extra bucks on an LED. As per usual with these things, the benefit isn’t only environmental, but it’s more cost efficient! Environmental experts, even those promoting the use of solar energy, recognize that LED is a great step in the right direction, due to its cost efficiency as well as its convenience. Sometimes change happens one step at a time!

3. Weatherize!
Weatherizing doesn’t need to be this huge, expensive hastle. Of course, proper insulation will help with heating and cooling costs. But doing things such as fixing all unwanted holes and leaks is important too! There are actually several DIY ways you can weatherize your home (see this example by the McCann Real Estate Team in Philadelphia).

4. If it isn’t being used, don’t keep it on!
Some appliances – your microwave for example – use energy when they’re plugged in, even if you’re not heating anything up. A good way to fight this is unplugging anything that keeps time (besides an alarm clock, of course) or has a “ready to use” light on it that shines even when the thing in question is not being used.

5. Be aware of your home defects
I already mentioned leaks and holes above, but an easy way to save energy is to make sure any unwanted holes in your house are plugged. If you have a leaky window, get it fixed. Don’t have your heating and cooling on when your windows are open, and don’t have your windows open when you have the heat going! This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy.

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