So you jumped on the green bandwagon years ago and are already recycling, reusing and composting. How else can you go green and help improve the environment? We have some ways you can go greener by slightly remodeling your home.
1. First of all do you have plants at home? You need to have green plants at home as they will improve your air quality. Purchasing green plants is the easiest way to start your green remodeling project at home. Don’t worry, even if you think you cannot keep plants alive go to Home Depot or some greenhouse and ask them about low-maintenance indoor plants.
2. Go through your kitchen cupboards and under your bathroom sink and throw away any cleaning products that aren’t green, organic cleaning products. While you’re in your cupboards also properly dispose of any paints or pesticides.
3. If you’re in the market for new furniture consider buying antiques. Antiques are recycled therefore you are helping the environment. Take your old furniture to Goodwill or another consignment store instead of throwing away. Someone else may use your furniture to remodel their home.
4. Install a programmable thermostat into your home. If you’re like me you are constantly turning the air up and down and in the winter turning the furnace up and down. Program your thermostat for a reasonable temperature during the day when no one is home and program it at a reasonably livable temperature during the hours that you are home. Don’t allow yourself to mess with the thermostat.
5. Install energy efficient lighting. You can do this yourself or go to a store like Home Depot or Lowes. If completely re-installing lighting into your home isn’t an option you can opt to purchase energy efficient light bulbs. Energy efficient light bulbs last years longer than standard light bulbs so you aren’t going through as many and harming the environment with the old ones.
6. If you are able to afford it, consider tankless water heaters and while you’re at it consider hot water plumbing pipes that are insulated.
7. Instead of completely re-doing your kitchen could a simple paint job do the trick? Why add more ‘trash’ to the landfills if you can work with what you already have. Choose paints and sealants that are non toxic. There are very few paint manufacturers that do not offer green paint products.