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Guest Post: How to Switch to a Greener Lifestyle

July 3, 2012 by  
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solar panelsYou don’t need to lose sleep over the rainforests or endangered species in order to live a green lifestyle. You can start to be green right now in the comfort of your own home. You may be surprised at the satisfaction that you’ll get once you’ve implemented some simple changes.

Here are some handy tips to get you started

1. Less Electricity and Heating Useage

In order to cut the emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere and to preserve energy, you should mindfully use less electricity and heating in your daily life. Don’t put the heating on out of habit. Assess the temperature to establish whether an extra sweater would be sufficient to warm you up. Turn your thermostat down anyway because this will save you money and is less harmful to the environment. Stop heating rooms that usually go unused as you may as well be flushing your money down the pan.

2. Energy Saving Bulbs

Still on an energy theme, make a point of replacing your bulbs in every room of the house. Energy saving bulbs are long lasting and cost much less to run, or you could perhaps think about swapping incandescent bulbs for fluorescent ones. This could save you up to 30% on your electic bill every year. Remember to unplug appliances when not in use rather than having them using up energy when they are on standby mode. Replace electric chargers for solar chargers. These are perfect to use in conjunction with cell phones and flash lights.

3. Only Use Large Applicances When You Have To

Think twice before you load the washing machine or dishwasher. Only use these appliances if they are going to contain a full load. This is an easy change to make to your lifestyle which will have a big impact on the planet by saving on energy and water. Try and hang your clothes outside to dry rather than putting them in the tumble dryer. Just use the dryer when the weather is inclement.

4. Change Your Cleaning Products To Eco-Friendly Cleaners

You can buy them from a supermarket or online if you wish but they are very easy to make. All you need is a few different essential oils, white vinegar and baking soda. There are instructions online on how to do this. You can buy eco friendly washing detergent although it may be a little more expensive. Making this lifestyle change will prevent harmful, toxic chemicals from clogging up the air in your home.

5. Change The Way You Use Water

Place a low flow head on your shower and faucets to actively reduce the amount of water that your household consumes. You waste gallons of water every single day without even realising it and this is such a shame as it can be easily remedied. When you do bathe, try and take short showers rather than filling the tub. Only wash your hair every few days and use dry shampoo or sprinkle talcum powder on your roots to make your style last longer in between washes.

6. Go Paperless

Change all of your utility bills from paper to online. This will radically cut down on your personal paper usage and know that you are preventing trees being chopped down needlessly. Always use both sides of your paper to write on and print on and use old envelopes and junk mail to write shopping lists. This simple frugality is a positive lifestyle change to make.

7. Cut Down On Waste

Cut down on the volume of waste that you have by recycling as much as you can and making interesting meals with leftovers. Waste including peelings, eggshells and coffee filters can be used to make your own compost. Create a greener lifestyle by purchasing food when it is slightly unripe so that it will last longer and you will have the chance to eat it before it goes rotten.

8. Try And Get More Than One Day Out Of Your Clothing

You can air clothing on a hanger and wear it again the next day. This will make your clothing last longer and will conserve energy and water.

9. Keep old bits of wool and fabric and stuff them into old nylons. These can then be sent to the Gulf to help soak up the oil spills. You can find out online how to go about doing this worthwhile thing.

10. When ordering take out food to be delivered, ask that your food be put into cardboard or another recyclable container. More and more places are starting to do this anyway but it is always best to check first.

So as you can see you do not need to do anything drastic to live a green lifestyle in your own home. A few simple changes and thinking before doing certain things can make a great impact on the planet as well as saving you money and making you feel good about yourself.

Mike Sorensen is a master cabinet maker, structural engineer and the author of audio blog. He provides tips for soundproofing a room using environmentally friendly sound production methods.

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