Beginner Steps to Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Beginner Steps to Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

We all know about the green movement that’s been taking place in the last few years and we couldn’t be happier about it! Homeowners around the world are taking the initiative to “go green” and they are starting with their homes. Have you ever thought about going green, but you’re just not sure where to begin? Don’t worry; it’s simpler than you might think. Check out some of these simple changes that you can make in your home to kick-start your own green initiative.

Garbage into Gold

Have you ever looked at how much garbage you create in a week’s time? Now look again  – how much of that garbage is made up of recyclable items and food scraps? Many households tend to throw away items like soup cans, newspapers, vegetable scraps and used coffee filters not realizing that so many of these things can be reused. For starters, anything that can be recycled should be recycled. That is one of the first and easiest steps you can take to make your household more eco-friendly. Secondly, consider starting a compost in your backyard. Some cities have Green Bin initiatives where a green bin assigned especially to compost material is picked up along with your recycling and garbage every week. However, if your city does not do that yet, simply buy a small compost container from your local garden centre and start composting those leftover food scraps and coffee filters. It takes time, but eventually you can end up with some nutrient rich soil to offer those beautiful gardens of yours.

Green Window of Opportunity

Another great way to make your house more eco-friendly is to ensure that the windows in your home are properly sealed and insulated as to prevent any hot or cool air from leaking in and out. If you happen to have older windows and are looking to replace them, consider switching to a more eco-friendly window system that uses special glass that helps cut down on energy costs and allows for even more natural light to enter into your home.

Pull the Plug on Phantom Load

A common energy fiend that many homeowners don’t realize is lurking around their house is the not-so-eco-friendly phantom load. “Phantom Load” is a term used to describe the wasted energy that appliances are eating up when they are not being used. Some appliances, especially older ones, can use up to tens of watts of electricity when they are not on and still plugged in. Instead of letting all of that energy go to waste, try unplugging any unused appliances in your home such as toasters, TVs, stereos, lamps and other items not currently being used. This is a simple way to jump-start your new green initiative.

A Bright Idea

A really simple way to start down the green path can be as simple as changing a light bulb, or two, or five! One of the greatest inventions to come out of the new green movement is the new energy efficient light bulb. While they tend to cost a little bit more than average household light bulbs, the return is well worth it. These eco-friendly lights use only one fifth to one third of the amount of electricity that a regular bulb would use. As well, these energy efficient bulbs tend to last up to 15 times longer than other light bulbs! And hey, if you keep your lights off during daylight hours, they will last even longer!

Author Bio

Adelaide Irene is a freelance writer with interest in home improvements and eco-friendly living. She has also works with windows and doors in Etobicoke  …spreading the green love.


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    Comment by Alex @ Acteon Subsea Services: Jul 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Yes there are a lot of recyclable things at home that we often ignore and just throw away. It always helps to get reminded by blog posts such as this. :) Thanks for sharing these green home ideas.

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    Comment by Bea @ Team Energy: Jul 27, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Very helpful roundup. I agree completely with the Phantom load part. Though this is the first time I actually knew the term. In an electrical experiment, it is confirmed that plugged appliances especially computers, consume electricity on off state. The wattage is usually due to standby power which is common to appliances nowadays.

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