Green Up Your Home On a Budget
Today, humanity is facing one of the biggest challenges that threatens our very existence. It's never been as important as today for all the people of this planet to come together and do something in order to prevent the global warming and the undeniable consequences that are already showing. While the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions are certainly factories and transportation, every individual can help lower it by changing their habits. And in doing so, the biggest polluters are likely to change as well, if for nothing then to get on good terms with their target audience.
Here, we'll take a look at some of the best ways you can go green inside your household without spending a lot of money on it.
Use Smart Power Strips
Electronic vampire is a term for those appliances that waste energy even when turned off. In fact, nearly 25% of all energy that an average household spends is wasted by electronic vampires. This is huge, as this energy isn't used for anything, you're paying for it, and it's damaging our planet. Whether it's a cell phone charger that stays plugged in, or your laptop when it's on standby, or even your TV – these appliances need to be completely unplugged, or you can use smart power strips. With these strips, you'll have the power to turn everything you want with a single button. They are very affordable and you can get them at the nearest store, plus they'll save you a lot of money on your electric bills.
Insulate Your Home
We're also wasting a lot of energy on temperature control and the biggest reason is that most houses aren't insulated properly. You can check all your windows and doors for the draft and insulate them accordingly, or better yet – you can insulate your entire home with recycled materials and go green all the way! Whatever you decide, you'll again be saving quite a lot of money on energy bills while you'll also help reduce the CO2 emissions. And the chances are you'll be spending time in a cozier home than before.
Ditch the Old Bulbs
While LED bulbs are more expensive to buy initially, they can save you up to 130$ during their lifetime. Not only will you be paying less for your lighting, but you also won't need to replace them as often. Most people have no idea just how big of a spender lighting is in an average household. LED light bulbs are perceived to be the biggest energy saver in the upcoming decade, especially when it comes to the residential sector. And the times when you had to adapt to the LED light are gone, as today all sorts of LED lights are manufactured and you can pick the ones that suit you the best.
Forget Organic, Buy From the Farmer's Market
While organic food is great, in most cases you'll be paying more than double for organic products when compared to regular ones. Instead, you can take a walk to the nearest farmer's market and get the products there. Not only did this food travel less distance and thus is ‘greener', but these products are often farmed with organic practices, even if they don't have a label on them. This means you'll get your products cheaper and you'll be supporting local businesses instead of the big boys, which is always good.
Think Before You Buy
One of the best (and least talked about) ways to go green is to actually really think about every purchase that you're going to make. When you're about to buy something, ask yourself if you really need this and for what reasons. Consumerism is one of the largest contributors to global warming and we're so used to wanting stuff that we rarely think about the consequences. This way you'll avoid buying stuff that rubbish removal Sydney will have to move to a landfill in a couple of months, which means you'll both be saving money and helping the planet heal.
Plant a Tree in Your Yard
I don't need to tell you just how much trees are important for cleaning the air, but you may not be aware just how they can be beneficial for your household. By having a couple of trees in your yard you'll protect your house from elements like wind and sun, which means you'll be paying less on air-conditioning. Trees can also increase your property's value and you'll get a cool shade to hang out in the open when the summer arrives.
We've tried to show you that going green doesn't have to be expensive. On the contrary, you can save quite a lot of money all while trying to help the planet. Getting in the right mindset is of utmost importance, however, as everything after that will come with ease. You won't feel like you're sacrificing anything if you're fully aware just how much we're hurting nature by our everyday habits. By following these simple tips you'll be able to go green on a budget – and we guarantee that you'll love it.