Ways to Go Green in
your Home with our Green Living Tips
our green living
tips on ways to go
green. Not only can you help save the planet in your attitude to green
living, but you can also save
at the same time.
should we go green and conserve? We have plenty of resources right?
Here's a sobering statistic: Of
all the earth's water, only 3%
is fresh, and 2/3rd is locked away in ice. That leaves only 1% left to
water the world!
So it really is time to go green in your home and
lifestyle. See what you can do to live a more eco-friendly way.
Ways to Go Green in your Home - Recycle
Anything can be used in
your home to go
green, you just need a little imagination with what you can use to
recycle into another use, other than what it was originally made to do.
- Use an old
toothbrush for scrubbing
dirt in those hard to get to places, particularly round taps in the
- You can also put some toothpaste on your old toothbrush and
clean the diamonds on
- When you go shopping try and use
reusable bags instead of the plastic bags provided. Or,
shop where they
offer biodegradable plastic bags. If you bring home the plastic bags
store them for further use, rather than throwing them all away.
- Recycle bottles, papers and plastics
where possible. Where you can't, try and find an organization who will
come and collect each of these items in bulk from time to time, or
canvass your local municipalities to start a recycling rubbish
collection system. For
every 907 kilograms of paper recycled, 17 trees
are saved from being cut down.
- You could also start another
collection for aluminum tins. Recycling
one aluminum tin can save
enough electricity to light a bulb for 3 hours.
- Roll up old newspapers tightly, dip into a bowl of kerosene
to dry in the sun. Use
instead of wood logs in the fireplace.
Other Ways to Go Green in your Home
- Anything that contains
a filter such
as air conditioners, dishwashers and washing machines should be cleaned
out regularly. Cleaning
filters helps to reduce the energy it is using to power these
- Look for
green appliances when you go
shopping. Computers and kitchen appliances that are green will reduce
the energy used. A good way of telling whether they are energy
efficient is to check the labeling on the product.
- Using hot water to wash
costs around seven times more than a cold wash.
- Avoid using
ventilation fans in the
kitchen and bathroom, as it sends out too much cooled air from houses
that are using air conditioners to keep cool.
- Try not to
use your air conditioners
unnecessarily. Switch them off in rooms that you won't be
especially areas like the living room of a night time.
- Cover cracks
around doors and windows
in areas that are being cooled by air conditioners. This will prevent
the loss of cooled air, and keep the room cooler for longer.
- Change your
light bulbs to more
energy efficient fluorescent ones. These save 45
kilograms of carbon
per light bulb and reduces your energy use by 50-70 percent.
- Don't forget to turn
electronic devices such as computer monitors, printers and
The waste adds up! Battery charges left plugged in waste up to 20 times
more energy than they actually use to charge.
- Ever thought about solar power and
living living off-grid?
See other ways to save water for ways to go green
Ways to Go Green in your Garden
- For the garden one of the best ways
to go green is to use
native plants as these conserve
- Use gray water
from your washing
machine where possible to water your plants. However, just don't use it
on your edible plants. Avoid using on azaleas, gardenias, grevilleas
your pot plants with unfinished
glasses and bottles of water.
- Buy rain
barrels and save the water that runs off your roof.
You can use this water to water your garden.
- Grow a meal in a pot.
Grow eggplants with shallots, chives
basil. In winter grow coriander with lettuce. Chilies do well with a
selection of Thai vegetables such as bok choy and pak choy. Combine a
selection of lettuce varieties together with baby beetroot and baby
spinach for a great salad mix.
- Grow herbs in old
food cans with
holes drilled in the bottom for drainage.
visits of insect-eating
birds by providing native trees and shrubs.
- Use companion
planting to reduce reliance on man-made chemicals and
increase the productivity of plants.
- Save your kitchen scraps and old
newspapers for the compost
Ways to Go Green - Forget the Gym!
When you join a gym it
can be quite
expensive. Not only that but it costs a lot energy to run those
machines. Instead, use your homes and go green:
- Use objects around the house for
bottles can be used as dumbbells.
- Use an old-fashioned skipping
and skip on the spot.
- Run around
the block every morning or
evening. Or, if you want to meet new people find a local running track.
- Jogging for 1
hour will save 1,500
watts from using the treadmill. This is enough energy to
light up a
room for 15 hours!
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