The condition of our environment today is not something we should be happy about. There’s pollution everywhere and the global climate change has certainly caught our attention. It is about time that we need to step up and do what we can to save Mother Earth.
What can you do? Going green at home is a good start. It not only contributes to saving the environment but it also helps us save on energy and more importantly, it encourages us to live a healthy lifestyle.
Where do you start? If you are unsure of how to go about making your home a “green” place, you can start with your bathroom and kitchen. Here are some essential guidelines:
1. Energy consumption
Although it may not seem like it, a lot of energy is wasted in the bathroom and kitchen. To avoid wasting energy, here are some things you can do:
-Replace your current water heater with a tankless unit. This significantly reduces energy consumption.
-Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. More energy is wasted with the former and the fluorescent bulbs are also more durable and long-lasting.
– Purchase appliances, such as window air conditioners, that are certified by Energy Star because these are more economical, consuming 10 to 30 percent lesser energy than those that are not certified.
2. Water consumption
Undoubtedly, water is heavily consumed in the bathroom and kitchen. When we take a shower or soak in the tub, this uses up a lot of water. Flushing the toilet and washing our face also contribute to the increasing consumption. To conserve water in the bathroom, you need to:
-Install aerators on the showerhead and faucet. These nifty things can reduce consumption by about 50 percent and add more pressure to water flow. If every household uses aerators, just think about how much water can be conserved.
-Install low-flow toilets. As mentioned, flushing the toilet consumes water and if you are not concerned of this, you are contributing to water wastage.
Kitchens also add up to water usage when we use it to wash dishes. You may also opt to install aerators on kitchen faucets as well.
3. Fresh, clean air
Earlier, we mentioned tankless water heaters as a good means to conserve energy. This innovation also keeps your air clean because the emission of carbon dioxide is reduced due to the fact that it does not need pilot light to function.
Another way to keep air fresh and clean is to utilize house paints that have low volatile organic compounds as these are less toxic.
Because we spend more time at home, it is only right that we do what we can to keep our homes environmentally friendly and at the same time, clean and safe.