7 Ways to Start Living Green at Home

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Going green is no doubt a hugely popular trend. These days, it seems to be on everybody’s mind, whether the reason is to save the planet, save some cash, or a little bit of both. The Nature Conservancy found that over 90% of Americans are recycling, but just 5% of folks have taken recommended green actions. What’s likely the case is that people just don’t know how exactly to lower their carbon footprint — other than by recycling (which is a great start). If you fall into that category, take a look at these 7 easy ways to start living green.

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1. Don’t use so much energy

When you leave a room, turn the lights off. And make sure those lights are running on CFL or LED bulbs, as you’ll save a significant amount of energy by tossing those old incandescent bulbs. Other ways to reduce your energy use.

  • power down desktop computers at night
  • don't leave a television on when you're not actually watching it
  • use a shorter cycle when you use your washing machine
  • set your diswasher so it doesn't automatically dry dishes at the end of a cycle
  • install a programmable thermostat so your HVAC isn't running when no one's home

 

 2. Take shorter showers

We totally understand how awesome a long, hot shower at the end of the day is, but shortening the time you spend in there will reduce your water bill and your heating bill.

Consider adding a low-flow shower-head to reduce your water pressure.

3. Stop drinking bottled water

Bottled water creates a ton of waste — plus, it’s no fun to haul from the grocery store. Buy a water filter for your faucet to eliminate the chemicals found in regular tap water.

4. Buy used furniture

When you buy clothing or furniture from the factory, the manufacturer needs to use new resources. When you buy the product used, no new resources will be needed because the product is already made. Bonus: vintage and antique furniture is all the rage right now, and a few nice pieces with character could be great accents in your home.

5. Get proper insulation

Hire a contractor to check out the insulation in your home. The walls and ceilings need to be properly insulated because the insulation can help trap heat in the winter to keep your house warm.

6. Check your sealing

Check your doors and windows to make sure they're properly sealed. If air is allowed to escape through a tiny crack in your door, your energy costs can rise. Use a foam sealant or silicone putty to seal the problem areas.

7. Get rid of things the right way

Devices such as phones or computers need to be recycled at the right facility. According to USA.gov, contacting your local household hazardous waste collection facility is the proper thing to do. Electronic retailers can recycle your old electronics for free most of the time.

Article written by Kristin Hillery.  She is a design-obsessed writer and photographer currently living in Austin, Texas. Currently the editor of Modernize, Kristin has written for Apartment Therapy, the Austin Chronicle, The Onion A.V. Club, and was a contributing author to the humor book “Please Fire Me: Posts from the Revolting Workplace." Photo via of Modernize.

If you're planning to purchase a home with Green Features in the San Antonio area, contact Jerry at 210.789.4216. Thinking about Selling and need to know How Much Your Home is Worth, Let's discuss your options to get your home on the market now.

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A Public Service Announcement from the EPA:

"Stop breathing, it creates carbon monoxide.  Thank you."

Apr 12, 2015 12:51 PM #24
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Jerry Newman my son is dead against buying (and using, of course) bottled water! And it may be difficult to get out of warm showers in New England cold - however, we can do other things for sure.

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Jerry, great advice to help us save our natural resources.   Bummer about those shorter showers.....

Apr 14, 2015 08:35 AM #26
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Yes, Troy, If you we all did our part, think of all the savings that would be.

Apr 14, 2015 10:30 AM #27
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Tammy, Trying to convince my wife to buy "Used Furniture" would be a real challenge too.

Apr 14, 2015 10:32 AM #28
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Hi Brian, With those Solar panels on your home, you're well ahead of most folks. Keep up the Good Work!

Apr 14, 2015 10:35 AM #29
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You're Welcome, Mary. It's been busy this Spring. Have a Great Week!

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Yes, S. Leanne. I am sure many of us can improve on our "Green Living". Have a Blessed Week!

Apr 14, 2015 10:38 AM #31
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Yes, Russ. It's time to stop being wasteful, and live green, and save our planet in the process.

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Yes, Joan Whitebook You've made an excellent about about folks "Living Green".

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Hi Jerry, When we all stop breathing, it'll be in the next life.

Apr 14, 2015 10:41 AM #34
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Hi Praful, Bottle Water and shorter showers are two big ones on the list. I know in your area, taking a warm shower is a real pleasure with all your cold weather.

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Joan, I have actually been successful with taking those shorter showers. It just took a little getting used too.

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Very timely post, Jerry Newman ... I think most want to do the right thing.  Knowing what that is certainly helps ...

Gene

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Good information. I am a big offender with the bottled water!  Being in the Navy I learned to take short showers...water rationing many times!

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I was hoping that this list would be very beneficial to many who want to start living Green.

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Gary, I am sure you're not alone with the bottled water. I too learned how to take short showers while in Vietnam, since we hardly ever got Hot Water.

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 Good morning Jerry. All excellent tips. I can understand the bottled water and I too learned to take shorter showers while in Nam.

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Michael Thornton Love your new profile image. Yes, us Nam vets understood what it meant to take shorter showers. Have a Blessed Weekend, Michael!

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Most people think of green living as a way to help save on utility costs, but the benefits of green living offers much more than just saving a few bucks!  It’s all about sustainable living, consuming less, creating clean living environments (less pollutants indoors), re-purposing used items, gardening, and recycling…just to name a few!

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