Monday, 4 November 2013

5 Ways To Create a More Eco-Friendly Home

With the ever-increasing cost of energy, more and more families are looking to reduce their monthly power bill and utilities by creating an 'eco-friendly' home. Even small renovations and lifestyle changes can yield huge savings on your monthly bills. Whether you're looking to save money or reduce your carbon footprint, you should consider some of the following eco-friendly techniques.

#1) Wash With Cold Water


One helpful energy-saving tip that's oftentimes overlooked by homeowners and families is washing clothes with cold water rather than warm. Contrary to what some people may believe, cold water washes clothes just as effectively as warm. And since cold water bypasses the water heater, it requires less energy to use.

#2) Use Natural Light


Of course, using more natural light is another simple step families can take to create a more eco-friendly home. Rather than relying solely on artificial light to illuminate your home, open up the curtains to bring in natural sunlight. This isn't an option for all rooms in the home, but living rooms, bedrooms and other areas on your home's exterior can certainly benefit from the use of natural light.

#3) Unplug Unused Electronic Devices


Ever notice how most electronic devices like televisions, DVD players, computers and stereo systems display a small LED light even when they're turned off? Well, lights such as this continue to draw power, gradually adding up to a higher monthly electric bill. If you're looking to create a more eco-friendly home, turn off and unplug these devices when you finished using them.

#4) Take Shorter Showers


Taking a shorter showers will also reduce your home's power and water usage. Some people spend 20 or even 30 minutes soaking up the steam in a hot shower. While doing this on occasion is perfectly fine, it's not something you should get into the habit of doing on a regular basis, especially if you want to create an eco-friendly home.

#5) Composting


A fifth solution towards creating a more eco-friendly home is to create a composting system.  According to some estimates, the average American family throws out nearly 1/3 of their food. Instead of throwing away old, uneaten food, you can turn it into nutrient-rich soil for your garden by composting. Basically, you add things like vegetables scrapes, fruit peelings and eggshells to a bin filled with 'brown' items like grass clippings, pine straw and sawdust. Over time, these items turn into nutrient-rich soil.

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