Going Green Doesn't Have To Cost a Pretty Penny

More and more people are choosing to green in their home. Several benefits can be reaped from going green. You and your family members can easily do your part in saving the environment, and it's not even that demanding. Going green doesn't require that you spend a lot of money either. In fact, you'll be able to save money on your water and electric bills. You can also save money on cleaning products and paper supplies.

Going green is very simple, believe it or not. Here are some simple tips that you can take to create a greener home:

Saving Energy

You can save energy by unplugging appliances when you are not using them. Traditional energy is not good for the environment. The less energy you use, the better. You can save money on heating by setting the temperature on the water heater a couple degrees lower. Closing the room doors when the rooms are being cooled or heated helps reduce electricity usage like you wouldn't believe.

There's this thing that doesn't really cross your mind, but turning the lights off every time you leave the room also helps save energy. When there's enough daylight, there's no reason why you should use artificial light sources, so why not turning them off as well? If you open the curtains and even the windows if it's warm enough, you'll get natural light. Not only will that save energy, and reduce your electrical bill, but our bodies react better to the natural light. You probably know our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to the sunlight, so take advantage of that.

Your clothes probably isn't that stained that you should wash it in boiling hot water, so using cold water to wash your clothes instead is a good way of saving energy. Another way you can save energy when it comes to clothes is to let them dry on a drying rack or clothesline instead of putting them in a machine dryer. It will still get dry, and you'll be happy because you did something good for nature.

Saving Water

Now, if you're going to be honest, do you really have to have a bath every time you want to be clean? Besides, you want to be clean, right? How does lying in the "dirty" water help? Taking a shower is faster, and also good for the environment. You can have bath from time to time, if you want to relax, but you don't have to do it every time.

I have to admit I sometimes let water run when I'm brushing my teeth or washing my hands. Little by little, and the gallons go without me even noticing. So, turning it off when you don't really need it also helps you save it. Fixing dripping taps and leaks also does it the trick.

Letting the food defrost in the fridge instead of letting hot water run over it is another way of saving water.

When you're cooking vegetables,  use only  enough water to cover the vegetables, and put the lid on. This not only helps save water, but it also helps preserve the vitamins in the food and saves power.

Saving Paper

Pay your bills online. It helps save paper, but also saves time and makes your life convenient. Stopping unnecessary junk mail is another thing that can be done to conserve paper. Remove yourself from all junk mail lists, prescreened offers of insurance and credit and unsolicited advertising.

Reusing scrap paper and using dish clothes instead of paper towels saves paper as well.

Reducing Plastic Use

If you normally purchase bottled water, consider using a water filter at home instead. Stop using plastic bottles - they're dangerous for you as well as the environment. It's not that obvious, but the research shows that they shouldn't be reused.

It's hard to find food not in the plastic containers these days, but you can reuse those. For example, yogurt, sauce and other food containers could be used for other purposes - decorate them and use them to save jewellery, keys, or whatever you can think of.

Using your own bag will not hurt your fingers when it's loaded like plastic bags do.

Green Cleaning

Many of the materials that you already have in your home can be used for cleaning. Vinegar, baking soda and olive oil are just a few of many. Water and baking soda can be used to scrub and clean working surfaces. Hot water and baking soda unclogs drains. Vinegar disinfects surfaces, and lemon juice removes stains. Olive oil is a good furniture polish.

You see, going green doesn't have to be a hassle. With these basics, you can easily get into it and save energy in your home.

Alissa Young mostly writes about home management, and interior and exterior design. Those are her interests, and combining them into one to share what she learns with her readers is the best thing in the world.