The importance of making your home Green
Every individual effort counts when it comes to the well-being of our planet. The situation is dire and all of us need to contribute as soon as possible since the clock has been ticking for quite a while now. Unfortunately, there are very few places where individuals can easily contribute without being a part of a bigger action. One of those places certainly area our homes. Here are several suggestions how to make them green and provide a long term contribution to the environmental cause.
Repaint in an eco-friendly manner
There is no better way to start the change than repainting the entire house. Naturally, the choice of colour plays no role here and it is solely up to your preferences. However, the choice of paint makes a significant difference. Therefore, the key is not just to make your house look fresh and clean but to use eco paints and the best foundation to all other changes that you will be making during the process of making your house environmentally friendly.
Check all doors and windows
Do a thorough inspection of all your doors and windows for cracks and halls. If there are any, by all means fix them immediately since a great deal of heating and cooling energy is lost if your windows and doors are in poor condition. Furthermore, replace all single glazed glass with double or triple glazed one because they are exceedingly better isolators.
Proper thermal insulation is beneficial in more than one way. The most important one for our cause is that it saves energy needed to warm or cool the house. Pay special attention to lofts since the majority of heat is lost primarily through poorly insulated lofts. On average heating and cooling bills are 40 percent lower in insulated homes and you could use the money gained to install solar collectors and further reduce the use of energy and lower your bills. This creates a kind of environmentally friendly perpetuate mobile with more than contributing final results.
The biggest energy consumer in the kitchen clearly is the refrigerator. If possible, switch to energy efficient one. If this is currently not feasible use the existing one more economically. For example, leave the door open as rarely as possible, keep it full at all times since it will lose less energy when opened and never put hot food inside. Furthermore, replace your taps with low-flow ones and significantly lower water consumption. Another energy and water saver would be to let go of dishwashers and return to washing by hand. It takes some additional effort, but it can become a family activity and by not keeping the tap open during washing up you will save water, as well as electricity.
Natural materials such as wool carpets and recycled fabric ones would be the best choice. For example, Zado carpets and rugs come in various patterns and shapes and you will surely be able to find one that aesthetically fits and at the same time represents a completely natural and environmentally friendly solution for floor covering.
Since this is a room where we spend most of our inside time in the prime concern should be lighting adjustment. To begin with, provide as much natural light as possible. Get rid of thick curtains and let the sunshine in. When it comes to artificial light, replace traditional light bulbs with energy efficient ones and go for dimmable light fixtures, a feature that will allow customize the amount of light at any moment and need. Energy efficient TV and other multimedia accessories are welcomed too.
Obviously, turning your house green is a serious task that requires dedication and investment. However, always bear in mind the reasons why you are doing it and all the benefits that will make any change long term beneficial and certainly worthwhile.
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Marie Nieves is student of economics who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design. Marie loves to talk about her experiences and she is regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.