Could Your Home Be Greener?

The environment and green policies are a hot topic at the moment, and so they should be. While world leaders and governments can do their bit to help meet energy saving targets, there’s also a lot of things you can do at home to do your bit. Even if you think you’re doing all you can, there’s sure to be other things you could be doing to help the environment. Take the following for some food for thought and make your home greener.

Install a smart lighting

Installing a smart meter or a smart lighting system to your home can help you to save money on your energy bills, while also making your home greener. With a smart lighting system, you can control which lights are on and when, and means you can control your lighting when you’re away from home – so no more left lights when you go out or go to bed. If a smart lighting system isn’t possible, you should at least consider a smart meter. Get information on Reliant Energy and providers who can offer a smart meter option for your home. This will help you measure exactly how much energy you’re using (and wasting) each month.

Recycle as much as you can

If you’re already trying to do your bit to help the environment, then it’s likely that you’ve been recycling for many years now. Times are moving quickly, however, and the things you were unable to recycle years ago might now be ok to recycle. It’s important that you understand how and when to recycle different items as well as look up what to do if you need to get rid of large items that could be recycled instead of being taken to the local dump. You should aim to recycle a larger proportion of your waste than what goes into your regular trash.

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Heat your home more effectively

Heating is one of the largest energy costs for your home, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t try to save money on it. Look up clever home heating solutions that will not only help to make your home warmer and waste less energy but will save you money too.

Invest in a water-saving showerhead

Do you opt to shower instead of taking a bath every day? That’s already a positive step towards being greener. However, there are other things you can do to make sure that you save water, and one of them is getting a water-saving showerhead. These are designed to reduce the flow to help you save water, while still giving you good pressure for a satisfying shower. Try to keep your shower time to under 5 minutes, treating it like a race to try and get your personal best each time!

 

Want another great way to be greener at home? Grow your own food! Growing your own produce will help your family to save money, ensure food is organic and pesticide-free while also reducing the ‘food miles’ distance to get food onto your plate. Summer is a great time to start, and you can rope in the kids to help you out too!

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