Let’s Go Green
Having an eco-friendly home is not just good for the environment but it can also increase the value of your home when you sell it. The socially conscious world we live in today demands eco-friendly living wherever possible. Let’s start at home.
Recycling should be as easy as possible for you and your family. Recycling daily should second nature. Have your own recycling center in your home, and make sure the whole family uses it. Try to buy products with easily recycled packaging, and avoid containers that are made of combined materials such as cardboard and plastic combinations.
Helpful Tips to be Eco-Friendly
1. By using fluorescent light bulbs instead of incandescent light bulbs they will last up to four times longer and has a lower impact on the environment.
2. Don’t use products that contain chemicals such as petroleum. They take a big toll on the environment. You can try to make your own products with safe ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and olive oil.
3. By cleaning your heating and cooling systems every month, you make them more energy efficient.
4. Weatherproof your windows & doors to keep out drafts and lower energy costs. This will help the environment and keep you comfortable during extreme weather. This will also make the potential homebuyers happy if you’re planning on selling.
5. Don’t use pesticides/herbicides on your lawn. Along with nitrogen fertilizer runoff, these are terrible water pollutants. Try making your own natural products. There are many recipes online that you can check out.
6. Keep your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter, and raise it in the summer. This not only saves energy, and reduce pollution, but it will reduce your utility bill as well - another selling point for potential buyers.
7. Dispose of old paint, chemicals and oil properly. Don't put batteries, antifreeze, paint, motor oil or chemicals in the trash. Use proper toxic disposal sites. Check local communities to find a good resource for this disposal.
8. Plant a tree. They store carbon dioxide and “clean” the air.
9. Use as much natural light as you can . You can always close the blinds if you want to sleep late or take a nap. Try to bring in reflected light so direct sunlight doesn't fade or degrade materials and furniture.
10. Maintain as many plants and trees as possible both inside and outside your home. They keep you in touch with nature and help take toxins out of the air.
11. Take canvas bags with you when you go grocery shopping to cut down on wasted plastic and paper.