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
money 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recycle into another use, other than what it was originally made to do.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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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