More and more homeowners are looking to go green in their homes for several reasons. Primary reasons for going green are to create a healthy environment, and to save hundreds of dollars on utility bills. Finally homeowners are realizing just how much money they can save with a few minor changes to their lifestyle. For years, people believed that going green was expensive, and while there are still several green upgrades that are a hefty price, there are many green upgrades that are extremely affordable. Here are a few ways homeowners all over the country are going green in their homes.
Cutting back on electricity
It is not uncommon to receive your electric bill and want to pass out at the sight of how expensive it is. Following your family around the house to make sure that no electricity is wasted is next to impossible, and will not save you much on your bill. Instead, make minor changes like using hand-cranked kitchen appliances instead of electric ones. Believe it or not, you do not have to be an engineer to make solar chargers. You can find several tutorials at all skill levels online for how to create solar chargers, and you will be amazed how much electricity you will save by unplugging all those wall chargers. Lastly, your AC has to work over time to keep your home cold if there are gaps underneath your doors that allow the air to escape, so use some rice and heavy fabric to create draft stoppers to slide underneath doors and keep your cool air in.
Green cleaning and organizing
Part of going green is getting rid of unnecessary clutter that takes up valuable space and energy. Keeping a clean home benefits the environment in many ways, especially if you clean with natural products such as lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar according to Buzzfeed. Using natural cleaning products keeps the air in your home and surrounding your home free from harmful chemicals and can clean your house just as well or even better than chemical products. Cleaning and organizing your home is a great place to start when going green.
Recycle and repurpose
Those who are truly living a green lifestyle understand the importance of recycling and repurposing items. Purchase or create reusable market bags that you can take to the grocery store with you and avoid using plastic bags. Plastic is one of those products that damages the earth and is not biodegradable, so often causes problems for animals as well as the environment. Replace your dryer sheets with reusable wool balls which work just as effectively and save you money. Lastly, instead of plastic sandwich bags, make waterproof sandwich bags out of beeswax cloth that comes in fun colors and patterns and saves you money as well as creates a healthy environment.
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