When people hear “going green” they often equate it with the notions that they will either need to spend money doing so or it will take a lot of time. Thankfully, this is not always the case and it can be easier than you think. Here are four ideas you can do around your home to put more green in your wallet and help the environment.
Making Sure You do an Energy Audit on Your Home
You will want to start by giving your home an energy audit. You can pay someone to do this or you could do it yourself by using the list on the U.S. Department of Energy website. The checklist will ask you to look for air leaks, they will want you to inspect your insulation, light bulbs, and how much energy your appliances use. Each house will vary on savings but it is important to realize even just fixing air leaks can save you 5% to 30% on your bill.
Making Your Own Cleaning Products
Buying cleaning products can be expensive and they do not always work the way that you want. A better alternative is to make your own. No, this won’t be be as difficult as you may think. Most of the products you can find already in your home, like baking soda and vinegar. You will not only avoid using those harsh chemicals but you will be saving the environment and money.
Reducing Your Cooling Costs
By planting trees in the optimal places you will be able to shade your home during those hot summer months. This shade can reduce your cooling costs by 15 to 50%. Planting trees don’t have to cost you a ton of money either. If you donate $10 to the Arbor Day Foundation they will give you 10 free trees to plant in your home.
Disposing of Your Electronics
Disposing of your electronics does not always have to mean putting them in the garbage and adding more harmful products to the landfill. It is important to consider your other options. There are now companies like Gazelle which will pay you for your old electronics. All you need to do is go to their website, find and register your electronic, ship it to them, and they will send you your compensation after they have evaluated it.
It is now more important than ever that we consider what we are doing to our environment and how we can help it. Many of these going green actions are simple and can done right from your home. Following these steps will save you money and not take up to much of your time with the added incentive of knowing you are helping the environment.