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Feb 12

Going Green in Your Home

light bulbInstalling solar panels on your roof, switching to energy-efficient CFL bulbs, using eco-friendly cleaning solutions for your home – these are just some things you can do to go green and contribute your part to saving the planet. After all, this is our only home, and by preserving it the best way we can, every being on Earth can have a peaceful, beautiful and nurturing place to live in for years to come!

So, if you are in need of tips on green living, the following are just some ideas to help you get started:

1. Opt for Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs.

Did you know that by simply swapping your regular lightbulbs with energy-efficient ones such as a Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb, you can save more money and help the environment at the same time? Although the initial cost of buying this type of bulb is more than what you would pay for a regular one, the return on your investment is massive. For instance, these bulbs last up to 10 times much longer, so this spares you from buying a bulb several times a year. What’s more, since these are energy-efficient, the amount of energy it consumes is 75 percent less. Carbon dioxide emission is also minimal, so you are doing your part as a responsible citizen in this planet.

2. Go for cloth-made tote bag as your shopping bag.

Whenever you hit the supermarket for your grocery shopping, always remember to bring along a tote bag made of cloth to place purchased items in. Steer clear from bags made of plastic made from petroleum products because these are non-biodegradable. Furthermore, these plastic bags are sometimes dumped into seas and ther bodies of water, which kill marine creatures that mistake these items as food. By spreading the awareness to use cloth bags instead of plastic, this will stop the annual usage of oil that goes as much as 12 million barrels just to produce these bags. That is a big deal considering it helps save energy and marine creatures, along the way.

3. Reduce wastes, reuse products and recycle used items.

recycleIf all garbage from the whole planet is transformed into a monument, it will probably be the tallest and broadest structure ever made! This is an unsettling idea, considering this means we are virtually living with tons of garbage in this planet. With this in mind, it is time to become more conscious about the amount of trash we dump each day and consider cutting back on waste. To do these, all we need to remember is the 3 Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Each time you are about to throw one item into the trash bin, think of what you can do to spare it from getting into the dumpster. If it’s a handful of fruit or vegetable skin, you can turn it into a composting material for your garden. Tin cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles and plastic wrappers can be used for an arts and crafts project. So basically, there is nothing left for you to throw except used tissue paper! Segregate trash in your home, so you can organize which ones may be reused and recycled, so you can reduce waste along the way.

4. Choose sustainable products.

In search of a piece of furniture for your home or office? Or perhaps, shopping for a kitchen utensil, plate, bowl or tray? The best thing to do is to buy products that are made from eco-friendly materials such as reclaimed wood or bamboo. These do not only look stylish and unique, but you are also sparing animals from losing their precious homes that trees and plants provide them with. You may also opt for vintage items, which is another way of recycling another person’s “trash” into an addition to your home.

5. Go local.

organic foodWhy buy imported products that are just so expensive, when you can get yourself loads of fresh and local produce to feed the family? Always remember that before imported items reach your supermarket, so much barrels of crude oil and massive emissions of greenhouse gas are required to get this done. On the other hand, local products are not only fresh and cheap, but you are also eliminating the need for wasting resources linked with imported products.

With these Earth-friendly tips to apply in your daily life, you can express your genuine love for the planet and every creature who deserve to live in this planet we call our home.