Green living is hot tendency. It's important to live green not only to save money, but also to help solving global issues like climate change. We can protect the environment easily, we just need to change our way of live and follow some principles. I will give you some pieces of advice on how to live green. It's all in your hands.
- Save on energy
You can reduce your room's temperature by 1 °C and you will save up to 10 percent of heating bills per year. Don't forget to turn the lights off, when you leave a room. If you follow this simple advice, you will be surprised how much money you will save. Next thing you need to do is buy energy saving light bulbs. Maybe you don't know the fact they last up to 10 times longer and can save you around 40 pounds. Another simple rule for you and your family is to start drying your clothes outside on a washing line (especially in the summer) or inside on a drying rack. There is no need to to use your tumble dryer, when you can save energy and protect the environment.
In case you want to reduce your bills significantly, then you should invest in renewable energy technologies like wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heaters. Next to reducing your bills, you will reduce your home's CO2 emissions.
- Green home
- donate the furniture
You can use reclaimed items. In local architectural reclamation and salvage yards you can find period items such as furniture, doors, wood flooring and so on. If you want to go green, buy second hand furniture. You can find second hand furniture on the Internet easily.
If you want to buy new furniture, you can try a more sustainable alternative of hard woods- bamboo. Bamboo needs four to six years to mature, while typical hardwoods - 50 to 100 years.
Be careful, when you choose a paint, because some paints contain toxic Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can harm your eyes, nose and throat. So, it's better to buy a natural paint.
Use only micro fibre clothes that need only water to clean. Use steam cleaners which use only water, too. Avoid chemical cleaners. You can make cheap and efficient homemade cleaning products. The main natural products which will be your best friends in the battle with dirt, are white vinegar and baking soda. White vinegar removes dirt, soap scum and had water deposits from different surfaces. It's also a natural deodorizer, which means it absorbs odours. All you have to is mix in a sprayer bottle one cup white vinegar with one cup warm water. You can use this mixture to clean your countertops, floors, shower walls. You can use baking soda to clean surfaces, too. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and start scrubbing your sinks and bathtub rings. If you apply soda to the tub or sink and let it stay for ten minutes, it will soften dirt, soap scum and deposits. Then, you can remove them easily.
Many things we throw away could be reused or recycled. If you posses items, which are reusable , it's better to donate them than throw them away. When you go shopping, don't forget to to take a cotton, jute, canvas or string re-usable bag. Keep in mind, plastic bags decay after 1,000 years.