Today, we’ve got a special guest blog post from the writers over at Always Outdoors. Check out their article on going green now!
Easy Steps To Go Green
Green living can be a way of life for us and there is no easier place to practice it than in the home. There are many ways to implement going green, either by buying green products or adapting our homes to be more “green”.
One of the tenets of green living is to recycle as much as we can. Our landfills are overflowing and a lot of the waste is not biodegradable. The answer is to recycle.
- Many households already recycle newspapers and glass bottles and tin cans.
- We can recycle our kitchen waste by starting a compost pile in our backyards.
- Used electronics can often be recycled. Many electronics stores have a program where they will take used computers, cell phones, TV’s and DVR players. They either rebuild them or use the parts to build other devices.
- Check with your local thrift stores and donate used clothing, kitchen appliances or whatever you don’t use anymore.
We reuse all the time. When our pants get holes in the knee, we cut them off and make shorts. We reuse our yogurt containers to store leftovers in our refrigerators or freezers. We reuse old tee shirts as rags. We just don’t think of it as going green.
- There are several options for young mothers. The advent of disposable diapers appeared to be a blessing from Heaven. But as our landfills became clogged with an enormous amount of disposable plastic diapers, and as the cost of buying them mounted, frugal moms began looking for other alternatives. The more environmentally conscious mothers are returning to cloth diapers, but they are not like the cloth diapers of old. Check out some websites about cloth diapers, to learn all you need to know.
- Another area that can easily be adapted to green, is baby food. Reuse your leftovers and blend them up to make your own baby food. It’s a lot cheaper than buying the jars and you know exactly what you are feeding your baby.
- Don’t be afraid to shop in thrift stores for clothes. Children outgrow their clothes so quickly, it’s economical to “reuse” someone else’s clothes.
There are many ways to go green in your home and they will all save you money too.
- Turn off lights when you aren’t using them.
- Turn down your water heater to 120 degrees. That’s as hot as you need it to be.
- Wash the majority of your clothes in cold water. Hot water is needed only if they are extremely dirty.
- Use environmentally friendly detergent, for your dishwasher and clothes washer. There are many large chain stores that have their own brand.
- Switch to fluorescent or LED light bulbs. They are more efficient than incandescent bulbs and use a lot less energy. You don’t have to do this all at once. Just replace your old bulbs as they burn out with energy efficient ones.
- Unplug phone chargers when not in use.
- Beware of energy vampires. These are electronics or appliances that stay on even when they are turned off. For example, an entertainment center probably has a TV a DVR player and a CD player. Plug them all into a power strip and then just hit the off button on the power strip when you are shutting down for the night.
- Check your doors and windows for air leaks. If you find them, fill them in with caulking or weather stripping. This is an easy DIY project.
- Compost your kitchen waste. Make a compost pile in your back yard. Use your finished compost to fertilize your vegetables and flowers. When the summer comes, you’ll enjoy roasting your veggies on your Coleman gas grill stove.
- To keep your water heater running at peak efficiency, drain out a couple of pails of water twice a year. This removes the sediment that settles at the bottom that reduces your water heating efficiency.
- When planning vacations, choose options that are low energy consumers. Plan a camping vacation and use a tent as opposed to an RV. There are many options for family camping tents. They are very economical and energy efficient too. If you want your family to appreciate the environment around us, a camping trip makes a lot of sense.
These are some easy ways to go green in your home. I’m sure you can think of many more. From recycling to reusing to making environmentally friendly choices, we can all do our part in protecting the environment where we live.
Author Bio: Stephanie is the publisher of Always Outdoors, a website about outdoor activities. She has many interesting articles about gardening and camping and reviews outdoor products like the Nikon 7294 Monarch binoculars.