There is no limit when it comes to creating a greener home for its typical goal is to become environmentally friendly by simplifying things around the home making them more functional, cheaper and sustainable.
Making a green home can save money on household bills while at the same time being eco-friendly.
If you are planning for a home improvement project, focus on the enhancement and efficient use of energy such as lightings, electricity and water consumption, fixtures and furniture.
Here are some suggested green home ideas:
Replace standard windows with large eco-friendly windows. These windows are designed to block the heat outside as it lets the natural light in.
Use low energy light bulbs like CFLs or LEDs as it consumes less energy.
Substitute old appliances with energy efficient appliances. Most of us resist replacing our old appliances because they are still in good working condition or it has a sentimental value. Those antique television sets using picture tubes enclosed in a beautiful wood casing can still be functional by having it as a display on a corner with a flower vase, photo frame or books on top. Decade old refrigerators and air conditioners consume more energy than newer ones with energy star labels wherein it consumes 50-70 percent less energy than those produced in the 80’s.
Follow the 3 Rs – reduce, re-use and recycle materials. For instance, you can turn biscuit cans into flower pots for your garden. Additionally, implement trash segregation as it will produce less waste in the process.
Use plants as natural air filter. Ornamental plants that can be placed indoors are great air pollutant removers as it will also add beauty in the home.
Consider solar panels and other solar-powered devices.
Use reusable eco-friendly bags when you go shopping. Refrain from using the plastic bags.
It is also important to teach and explain to your children the importance of having a green home in protecting the environment. Welcome their ideas especially in implementing the 3Rs.
Let us all help hand in hand in going green to help save our mother earth and for the next generations to still enjoy the beauty of nature.
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