How to Start Green Living
When we talk about environmentalism, we mean green living. Going green at home doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice your comfortable lifestyle in order to help improve the environment.
It is about making the right decisions and developing good habits which can benefit both your wallet and your surroundings in the long run.
Below are some things to consider in starting a green living lifestyle at home.
Minimise your use of disposable items
Today, many landfills around the globe are filled with plastic and other non-biodegradable wastes. These types of trash take a very long time to decompose. This results in a rapid decrease of space in most countries’ landfills. Everyone is affected by this where the land used to bury additional wastes can be used for other purposes such as a nature park.
One way to help lower the amount of non-biodegradable wastes is by utilising reusable products. This includes the use of recycled tote bags when buying groceries. It helps prevent the use of plastic or paper bags. Another reusable item you can use is a food container. Choose to make your own lunch instead of having to purchase one at your local fast food or convenience store. You can immediately save money as well as avoid the use of disposable Styrofoam and wrappers.
Replace any old appliances to Energy Star-labelled ones
Most appliances built before the 90s aren’t manufactured with energy conservation in mind. The Energy Star label helped the industry with ushering in an era of green technology innovation. In order to obtain this label, manufacturers must submit appliances for testing to determine if it is able to meet the EPA requirements in energy conservation.
Replacing any of your appliances with energy star types may seem unnecessary. However, it will be beneficial for both you and the environment in the long run. You are able to use less electricity, resulting in savings from utility bills. It also ensures that your local power plant will use less resource to generate energy. In addition, newer appliances can improve the look of rooms, and this can be seen as an additional benefit.
Other than appliances, it is also recommended to replace any old light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They provide the same benefits as an energy star labelled appliance by utilising less energy. Fluorescent fixtures can also provide better lighting as compared to conventional bulbs.
Use natural cleaners
Commercial cleaners often contain chemicals which is harmful to both your family’s health and the environment as well. Air fresheners, for example, contain acetaldehyde and chlorobenzene, both of which can irritate a person’s nose, throat and eyes. According to recent studies, these ingredients produce harmful chemicals as a reaction to high ozone levels. Most commercial cleaners are usually expensive.
Good cleaning products can actually be found in your kitchen. Vinegar for example can be used to clean counter-tops and the sink. You only need to fill a bottle with one part vinegar and one part water to make a natural cleansing product. This is a highly effective deodorizer and disinfectant to remove any germs on most kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
A good deodorising product you can find in your kitchen is baking soda. It can absorb odours in trash bags or shoes. Placing an open box of baking soda inside your fridge can remove a lot of the obnoxious smell.
Utilise solar power
Being able to use the sun to heat your bath water and provide electricity is the quintessential equivalent of green living. There are numerous solar systems available such as a day lighting fixture which collects the UV rays and brightens almost any part of the house. This type of installation can be expensive. However, this is a very smart investment and can yield higher returns in the future.
Produce your own food
Turning a part of your home into an organic garden is a rising trend in a green living lifestyle. Certain fruits and vegetables found in groceries can be unsafe due to leftover pesticides. You can be in control of the safety of your own home-grown produce to be free of any harmful chemicals.
Certain studies have shown the positive effects of gardening to the mental health of an individual. This can be attributed to a relaxing factor of working close with nature and the feeling of fulfilment when you are able to see the result of their work. The feeling of euphoria gained from gardening can help people in combating stress, anxiety and other mental complications.
Remember, giving back to nature can benefit both you and the environment. Start with green living in your home, and you can eventually live a more fulfilling life.
This article was shared by Cornelia Campbell, a freelance writer who specialises on home improvement and green living. She is currently working on articles about tips on home renovations with Lindon Homes.
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