In today’s world, it is so refreshing to see that more and more people are adapting a “greener” lifestyle. People are becoming more conscious of the environment and realizing how their actions, shopping habits, and lifestyle choices can affect it. Maybe you have decided to forego that single-use Starbucks cup every morning and have gotten into the habit of bringing your own reusable coffee mug to work with you. Maybe you have chosen to carpool with a friend, or even ride your bike more often. If you’re looking to take your “greening” even further, here are some ways to turn your home into a more eco-friendly zone.
Become a “paperless” household – Ever go to your mailbox and wonder why you are getting so much useless junk mail? About 75% of the mail you receive ends up in the trash, so why not eliminate the amount you receive in the first place. There are several ways to opt out of receiving this annoying unsolicited commercial mail. Another step you can take to become paperless is sign up for online statements with your credit card companies, gas and water provider, cell phone/internet company, and all other bills you might be receiving via mail.
Switch to LED lightbulbs – Many people shy away from purchasing LED bulbs as soon as they see the cost compared to their regular light bulbs. But what these people need to consider is the amount of money they would be saving on their energy bill each month. On average, an LED bulb uses about 75% less energy, and the bulb life also lasts much longer. This means cheaper electric bills, and less money spent on bulbs overall. So even though the upfront cost of purchasing the bulb might seem high, you’ll save money in the long run.
Use natural cleaning products – We all know by now that purchasing harmful and toxic chemicals for cleaning our home is harmful to us as well as the environment. A lot of these chemicals end up in our water supply, so start purchasing products that have eliminated these toxins. Better yet, make your own cleaning products! Naturally-occurring things like vinegar, baking soda, and citric acid are actually great disinfectants and are completely non-toxic.
Switch to low-flow showerheads – Showering is a part of everyone’s everyday life (hopefully!), but unfortunately older shower heads actually release much more water than the average person needs. Eliminate some of this water waste buy switching to a shower head that releases a lower flow of water, which will not only help the environment but also save you money on your next water bill.
These are just a few simple things that you can do to greenify your household. By taking these steps you can help the environment, save money, and live a healthier lifestyle overall. It’s often overlooked that by going green you get all these benefits. People often think it will be a burden but the exact opposite couldn’t be more true!