Some simple ways to make your home green and healthy. Not all are super different, but I am sure some of these are stuff you had not come across earlier.
- When it comes to buying any white goods such as refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher, ensure you are buying the energy efficient, energy star rated ones
- If you are painting your home, avoid conventional paints containing volatile organic compounds (VOC) and go for zero-VOC paints instead
- Heating and cooling – this is for folks in regions that can either get too hot or too cold. In an average home, about 20 percent of heat is lost through windows and doors. In the case of heating, use the touch test to see if yours are letting in cold air. If they are, caulk and weather-strip the edges (cheapest solution), or invest in glazed windows with the lowest U-factor (measure of heat transfer) you can find. The US Department of Energy says that U.S. homeowners who replace single-pane windows with Energy Star–rated windows save an average of $126 to $465 a year. That’s a neat pile, isn’t it?
- Use cloth towels instead of paper towels. Simple, isn’t it?
- New toilet faucets use a lot less water than old faucets, so explore replacing any old faucets with new ones, especially if your faucets are old and you were any way planning to replace them with new ones
- Buy furniture made from recycled materials. These are becoming more and more commonly available in many cities worldwide.
- Replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed ones
- Monitor and do simple analytics of your electricity consumption. This alone will make you start wondering how to cut energy costs and consequently, unnecessary energy consumption.
- Buy eco-kettles
- Buy water shaving shower heads.
- Two really interesting videos on how to make your home green
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