When it comes to living simply and making your home greener, there are lots of easy little tricks you could try that will make a big difference. Obviously you’ve got things like wall insulation and installing solar panels, and these things will make a huge difference, but they can be a costly investment and will require a lot of planning. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to help you go green at home that will hardly cost a penny.
The bathroom is the wettest room in the house, so it stands to reason that the easiest way to make your bathroom greener is to reduce the amount of water you’re using here. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be washing on a daily basis. It just means you need to be more aware of the water you’re using.
Turn It Off, Stop Leaks, & Reduce Flush Volume
- Don’t leave the tap running when you brush your teeth.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
- Make sure you don’t have any dripping taps.
- Install a device in your toilet cistern (tank) that reduces the amount of water used each time you flush.
These steps will all help to reduce the amount of water you’re using.
The kitchen uses more power than any other room in the house, which is perfectly understandable when you think about all the appliances you use on a daily basis. To help go green here, you can take steps to reduce the power you use:
- If you’re making a cup of tea, see if anyone else in the house wants one so they’re not starting the kettle up again five minutes later.
- When you go to the fridge make sure you know what you want before you open the door so you’re not standing there letting all the cold air out while you decide.
- If you have the time, use a slow cooker to put your food in first thing in the morning as these use far less electricity than a standard oven, even when they’re left on all day.
Living Room: Use Less Power
You might think the living room doesn’t use much energy, especially in comparison to the kitchen and bathroom, but there’s still plenty you can be doing to make it greener.
- A television left on standby will use almost as much power as the television left on completely, so if you’re not watching it, turn it off.
- In the colder months heat is going to escape out the windows so make sure there aren’t any drafts, and keep the curtain pulled closed as much as possible as this will help keep the heat in
- If you have lamps in the living room, make sure you’re not using both the main light and the lamps, and always make sure they’ve got energy saving bulbs in them
For most of us the bedroom is our sanctuary and it’s where we go to relax, but this doesn’t mean you can’t save energy here too. The same tips for the living room will apply to helping you go green in the bedroom:
- Don’t leave electrical items on standby and keep all drafts out.
- If you like to fall asleep watching TV then make sure you set the sleeper timer so the television powers down after a certain amount of time.
- If your TV doesn’t have this function, you need to invest in a timer plug so the power is shut off at a certain time.
- If you have lots of novelty lights around your room, try not to always use them; stick to the lights with energy saving bulbs, and save the special lamps just for special occasions.
Conclusion: There Are Many Ways To Go Green
The long and short of it is that we all live in the modern world, so finding ways to go green can be a challenge. However, starting with simple steps like these can make a big difference and help to reduce our collective ecological footprint. And they’re easy, so why not start today?