The world is changing quickly and some of these changes are bad. For example, the environment is becoming less and less hospitable. Air pollution in China is at an all-time high, famine is devastating Africa, and wildfires are causing chaos in the Americas. Some of these disasters existed before the industrial revolution, but they did not happen as erratically as they do today.
What can you do to change the world positively? Well, you can start by going green at home. Doing so will help you live more comfortably in your house than you do now. Moreover, the cost of your utility bills will reduce. Here are 6 ways to make your home green.
1. Switch From Incandescent Bulbs to Fluorescent Lights
The lighting systems in your home could be one of the most costly forms of energy consumption in your home especially if you use incandescent bulbs. In fact, studies show that more than 12% of your energy costs go to lighting your home. You can reduce this expense significantly if you switch from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent lights. It is important to note that compact fluorescent bulbs use up 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs do. Furthermore, these bulbs can last as much as 25 times longer than incandescent ones.
2. Invest In Alternative Sources of Energy
The national grid is not a reliable source of energy especially when disasters strike. This form of energy is also costly unnecessarily because you can get alternative sources of energy that are free. For example, no one would charge you for solar power because nobody owns the sun. Invest in solar panels for your home. You can find them in almost any store in the country. You can use these systems to power most of the devices you have in your home including your TV, home theater system, bulbs, and water heater. You can also use solar energy to supplement the power you get from the national grid instead of using it exclusively.
3. Stop the Leakage of Water in Your Home
Currently, 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. You can play your part by conserving water in your home. Use it wisely so that none of it goes to waste. You can do that by making your house leak-proof. Studies show that a single home loses as much as 37,584 liters of water each year because of leaking pipes, water closets, and faucets. Seal the holes in your pipes or replace them if the seals do not work. Always check your water closet and taps for leaks every few months and call a plumber in case they are leaking.
4. Harvest As Much Rainwater As You Can
Rainwater is a gift from nature and you should take advantage of it as much as you can. Harvest this water from the sky and then use it to grow vegetables in your garden. You can also use it to water your lawn. You can also use it to wash concrete footpaths or pavements in your compound. Rainwater is also ideal for washing parking lots, as doing so with water from your tap would increase your monthly costs unnecessarily.
5. Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
Your home will never be green unless the air you breathe while you are in it is safe. For instance, a radioactive gas known as Radon could be entering your home without your knowledge. It is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas so you would never know that it is present in your home. You should be wary of it because it can cause lung cancer. Using a test kit for this gas allows you to know if it is present in your home or not. Other gasses to watch out for include carbon monoxide and second-hand smoke from cigarette users.
6. Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse
You can start by reducing the amount of junk mail you receive from the post office. Remember, paper manufacturers cut down millions of trees to make the paper used for your junk mail. Subscribe to online notifications and mailing lists instead of those delivered by post. Your home should also have bags for recyclable products. Finally, reuse some of the stuff you intend to throw away. For example, you can use an old T-shirt as a car rag instead of throwing it away.