Almost everyone is joining the movement towards sustainable living by recycling, carpooling, and using eco-friendly cleaners for their home and personal use. For those who wish to carry the green way of thinking into their home (other than natural cleaners) look below for some ideas.
- Go green energy – Installing solar panels should be a requirement for new builds in areas of the world where the sun never sets. In the U.S. states such as Arizona and Nevada benefit greatly from using solar energy. My in-laws live in Arizona and with the installation of solar panels of their roof it took what was an energy cost of $300 dollars per month during the summer down to almost nothing! There are even days when they don’t use all of the energy that their solar panels have created and with their system, that excess energy flows back into the grid for use by others and generates a credit for them. Solar panels are also a great selling point for a home since they cut monthly energy costs. There are also states that have so much wind blowing all the time that wind turbines make perfect sense. The state of Texas produces more wind energy than any other state in the U.S., and during 2013 wind energy accounted for over 8% of the energy generated for the entire state.
- Use the rain to your advantage – This is particularly useful in areas that are experiencing drought. Using rain barrels to collect rainwater from the gutters of a home as well as other areas of the property can save thousands of gallons of wasted water every year. Rain water typically just runs into the storm drains, so why not use it to water the lawn and the garden? The water can even be used for aquariums or ponds, as rainwater typically has very little chemicals. There are classes around the country that teach gardeners the concept of catching rainwater and many companies that sell rainwater catching systems.
- Stop mail abuse – Marketers have gone overboard with mailers and credit card offers that clog the average mailbox on any given day, and in turn creates more trash in our landfills. There are ways a homeowner can cut back on this trash by paying bills online, requesting that monthly statements be sent via email, and opting out of credit card offers. This can be done online at www.optoutprescreen.com, or if you wish to opt out by mail you can contact each of the credit agencies with a written request. Just be aware that they will ask you for personal information to be able to opt out of mailings, such as your social security number and date of birth. Opting out of mailings will cut back on the gas used to deliver these unwanted mailers and save the trees that are cut down for paper.
There are even appliances for the home that are considered to be green such as a composting toilet, or an electric or propane toilet that incinerates waste. Going green in the home is not a hard thing to do, it just requires a bit of time and a desire to help the environment.