11 Ways to go green at home this Earth Day

The effects of climate change are more evident now than ever; with the loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves, we can no longer ignore the need for a greener lifestyle. There are many small things we can do in our homes to make a significant difference to the environment and natural resources.

We’ve compiled a list of easy and cost effective ways you can go green at home this Earth Day:

1. Use less electricity

Did you know that many electronic devices consume energy even when they are not being actively used? This is called phantom energy and it can add as much as 10 % to your electricity bill! To save this electricity, make sure to unplug devices that are not in use, such as a toaster, microwave or computer. Also, before you go to bed, make sure to turn off all the electronic devices throughout your house. Don’t forget your TV, DVD player and Wi-Fi Device.

2. Use more efficient Light Bulbs

Replace all the  standard light bulbs and tube lights in your home with compact fluorescent light bulbs or CFLs. Although you will be required to spend some money to implement this change, it is a worthy investment as CFL bulbs effectively use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than the standard ones.

3. Reduce Water wastage

As the earth’s supply of freshwater is diminishing, each of us has to do our bit to conserve water. Some of the best methods to apply are :
-Find and fix leaks

-Buy water-efficient appliances

-Turn the water off before a vacation

-Reuse boiling water

-Capture rainwater :Install gutters on your roof and drain the rainfall into barrels for use in the garden.

-Teach your children to turn off the water while brushing their teeth. Leaving the tap running while brushing can waste up to five gallons of water a day.

4. Invest in reusable bags

A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 20 to 1,000 years to decompose. One of the easiest things you can implement in an effort to go green is to stop using disposable bags and invest in reusable bags. You can order these bags online or pick them up from your local grocery store.

5. Don’t use plastic wrap

Even though it is really convenient to use plastic wrap to store food, it is extremely damaging to the environment. As an alternative to plastic wrap, store food in glass jars or reusable containers.

6. Give up bottled water

Replace the use of packaged bottle water with a steel bottle.

7. Invest in organic linen

Use cotton bedding as it is made from recycled or natural materials.

8. Effective fuel usage

Cook with pots and pans that are covered with lids. This helps to save energy and reduces the emission of gases into the air.

9. Reuse and recycle old paper

Get your children involved in this habit and have them do their drawings and mathematical calculations on the back of a used paper.

10. Invest in plants

One of the best ways to combat the greenhouse effect is to have plants throughout your house. If you have a garden, plant more trees.

11. Use your dishwasher more efficiently

Make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded when you run it. Also, don’t waste water by rinsing dishes before loading them into the washer.

By following the three simple principles; to reduce, reuse and recycle, you and your family can make a positive impact today.