Once upon a time, being green meant you separated your paper, plastic, and glass into bins. Now, there is a lot you can do to include other green options in your home. Here are some tips to get you started.
Bring Plants Inside
Living plants act as natural air filters. Some plants absorb pollutants that come from furniture, carpets, and electronics. The best plants to green up your home include palm trees, spider plants, rubber plants, and Boston ferns.
Make A Compost Station
Compositing is a way to break down organic material to make useable enriched soil. Consider getting the kids involved with the project. To composite inside the house, you will need a bin. If your compost station is outside, you can start with a bin or a bare area in the yard. Items to throw into your compost bin include eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps, potato peels, coffee grounds, pasta, rice, crackers, used napkins, paper towels, and more. Composting will reduce landfill emissions and reduce your carbon footprint.
Use Solar Panels
When considering alternative energy sources, solar is a clean and sustainable option. Solar panels do not emit greenhouse gases. So they do not harm the climate. Homeowners who use solar panels appreciate the cost-saving benefits of using solar energy.
Showers And Bathing
Showers use about half the water for bathing as long as your shower lasts under five minutes. Save taking a bath for a special occasion instead of every day. To further reduce your water waste when showering, consider using a timer to keep your shower to five minutes. Also, install a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads use approximately two gallons of water per minute. Not only will you reduce your water consumption, but you will also save energy and reduce your water and heating bills.
Go Green with Go Cloth
We all love the convenience of having paper towels and napkins around, but they are a tremendous waste. Cloth napkins not only help make your table look pretty, but they can be conveniently through into the laundry. Microfiber cloths are a great green option for cleaning. Not only do they last for years, but most will also help you clean without harsh cleaners. Dry cloths will naturally attract dust.
Going green does not have to be scary. Just some simple changes will benefit the planet and reduce your overall footprint. You will also save money, which is a nice thing too.
Author: Brooke Chaplan