In 2014, “going green” is something that we’ve all thought about doing. Whether it be creating your own chemical-free cleaners or participating in your city’s recycling program, we now know that it’s not only economical to be green, but also globally responsible!
In a recent Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 49% of homeowners said that they feel using eco-friendly appliances and materials is important. From using less water and paper, to buying energy efficient light bulbs, going green is easier than ever!
Here are five simple ways to make your home a green machine!
1. Remember the three R’s! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Did you know that, according to the EPA, the U.S. generates an estimated 208 million tons of solid municipal waste per year? That’s almost four pounds per person! Recycling is one of the best ways you can reduce your impact on the environment. With websites like Pinterest and Etsy taking off, you may even find great creative ways to reuse or upcycle those regular household items!
2. Use Green Products! There are tons of great products on the market that tout a list of ingredients that aren’t harmful to your health. But, have you ever thought about making your own out of simple every day items? Using a simple solution of vinegar, baking soda and lemon can make your tubs sparkle! If you’re taking on major kitchen renovation, consider using a formaldehyde-free adhesives or glues during the installation process or bamboo floors for a gorgeous upgrade!
3. Compost: There are some great benefits to composting! Not only does it create a nutrient-rich soil for your plants, but it’s also a great way to dispose of kitchen scraps or leftovers you maybe left in the refrigerator a little bit too long. However, remember to be careful if you put your home on the market for sale. Sometimes a smelly compost heap can be a potential turn-off for buyers!
4. Make the Switch: Did you know that replacing one incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent can save you up to fifty-dollars over the life of the bulb? Compact fluorescents also last longer and reduce CO2 emissions.
Plenty of people just like you are looking to make their homes more energy efficient! It’s a great way to save money, eliminate harmful chemicals and feel even better about that kitchen upgrade you may have just finished! Making these simple changes can even help you in selling your home! And who knows, you might even save enough for a little house upgrade!
So, get your thinking cap on and see what you can do to help save the planet and your pocketbook!