The number one reason why most people hold out from the green movement is because they think that it is too hard to get a green home, but in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.
While not everyone can afford to live in a home that is completely solar powered, there are plenty of small adjustments you can make that will help turn your home into a green home. The following are five simple and easy things that any homeowner can do to go green at home.
Look for the eco-rating
At some point you will have to replace appliances in your home whether you want to or not; when this time occurs you want to make sure that you buy appliances with top eco-ratings. There are plenty of environmentally rated products out on the market now, and by choosing the more energy efficient model you will help to save energy in your home.
The same is true of any appliance that uses water, because if you break out a water calculator you will find that some appliances are simply more efficient than others.
Relearn how to heat and cool
Another great easy way to go green is by rethinking the way you heat and cool your home. Contrary to popular belief it does not cost more to heat up a home or cool down a home if you turn the heating/cooling system down while you are home.
It may seem cheaper to keep your thermostat at a constant, but adjusting the thermostat while you are not home is actually still much cheaper. Considering turning down your heat while you are not home or during the evenings and you will easily save hundreds every year.
Relearn water efficiency
At the same time you may want to follow some easy water savings tips to save money as well. For instance, fixing a leaky faucet will save you on average £20 a month and reduce your water consumption. Showers conserve water when compared to baths, and washing dishes in a dishwasher is better than hand washing. Just make sure that the dishwasher is full every time that you run it to reduce 100 pounds of CO2 emissions from your home every year.
In addition, turning off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving can help you save as much as 50 gallons of water a day when you factor in the water that everyone in your family wastes daily. Finally, making sure that your toilet does not keep running after use can help save 200 gallons of water waste every day.
Change 5 light bulbs
Last but not least, take a walk through the house and switch out just five light bulbs in your house. Changing a regular light bulb for an eco-friendly LED light bulb can save you a total of £100 throughout the lifetime of the bulb. At the same time, the eco-friendly bulbs use 75% less energy than their traditional counterparts. Thus, making the switch is great for you and the environment.