When it comes to taking care of the earth and its environment, being a good global resident starts in the home. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to forego all your electricity and grow all your own food. Here are 3 simple ways to ‘green’ your home and still make a big difference on the planet.
1 – Go For Energy-Efficient Appliances
Appliances make up approximately 18% of an energy bill of a typical home, and the refrigerator is the biggest culprit. Any appliance in your home that’s over 10 years old should be traded in for an energy-efficient one. Appliances marked with an “Energy Star” logo can help to use up 10% to 50% less energy and water, helping to save both the environment and your bank account.
2 – Pay Attention to the Temperature
Just about half of the energy used in a home goes towards heating and cooling. You don’t necessarily have to keep your home scorching hot in the winter, or frigidly cold in the summer to be comfortable. Every degree below 20°C can save you about 3% to 5% on your heating bill – the same goes for keeping the thermostat at 25°C in the summer. Consider installing a programmable thermostat which will adjust the temperature in the home automatically during specific times of the day after being programmed. For example, while you’re at work, the home can be kept a little cooler or warmer when you’re not there – shortly before you get home, the thermostat will adjust automatically to make the interior temperature more comfortable.
3 – Save on Water Consumption
There are literally dozens of ways to save water. For example, placing an aerator on all the faucets in your home can slash your yearly water consumption by up to 50%. In addition, you might want to consider installing a low-flow toilet, which uses only 6 litres per flush, as compared to 13 litres per flush with typical pre-1994 models. Obviously, you don’t necessarily need specific products to help you save water. Simple behavioural changes will do the trick, such as turning the water off while brushing your teeth, or using a broom instead of a hose to clean off your driveway.
At the risk of sounding like a cliché, the best way to be eco-friendly is to be conscious of what you use in your home, and how you use it!