Living green is not a new movement. People have been aware of the earth’s resources and conservation efforts for years. After all, we only have one earth and we have to take care of it.
Green living is easy to start at home. There are some things you can do that will make a difference today. You can involve your whole family, including the kids. Make it a game to find different changes you can do to add some green living at home.
Here are some things you can do to start green living today
* Set up a recycling center in your home so that it becomes an norm instead of an afterthought. Call your city landfill or recycling center and find out exactly the type of items that can be recycled.
* Change your weatherstripping around your doors and windows so that you are blocking all drafts and stop the cool a/c from leaking out.
* Set your thermostat at least 2° warmer then where you normally keep it during the summer. When you’re not at home and during the hottest part of the day, have it set to 80° to conserve energy and money.
* Use your outdoor grill as much as possible, especially during good weather, so you are not heating up the house. Hot homes force the A/C to work harder.
* Set up a clothesline so that you reduce the use of electric dryer. Plus you get that awesome fresh smell that cannot be duplicated!
* Get rid of old electric pathway lights and install solar lighting.
* Looking into buying solar panels for your home to reduce your need for electricity. There are still many tax advantages available to help offset the initial cost.
* Cook meals in bulk so that you can freeze meals ahead to save on both time and energy costs.
* Reuse and repurpose where you can. If you are doing upgrades or changes to the home, look for reclaimed wood. Old hardware, doors and windows might be reused. Think outside the box.
These are just a few ways you can start making some easy changes at home. Start green living habits to teach yourself and the kids have simple changes can make a big difference in the long run.
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