You don’t need to build a home from the ground up to say your home is environmentally friendly. Check out our suggestions to be green and save some green at the same time.
Colour Your World
New “green” paints that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are now available in a wide range of designer colours. These paints are better for your lungs and the planet.
Light Up Your Life
Replacing traditional fluorescent light bulbs with LED will save 5% on your annual electric bill. LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. This is compared to fluorescent lights which convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light! The life expectancy of these bulbs is also up to 20 years. We could keep going, but aside from a slight increase in initial cost there’s really no downside to this one.
Everyone knows the basic items – paper products, glass, green clippings, plastic and aluminum. Unfortunately, not all plastics are recyclable yet. Check your local Waste Wizard or Recycle Coach to determine what goes where.
Install solar panels on your roof that will work with your conventional water heater. These energy efficient panels cut around 12% off the average household’s annual utility bill. Use solar powered lighting to efficiently light walkways and high traffic routes. They look great and cost you nothing after their initial purchase.
Reuse old Furniture
Your favourite couch or easy chair can be easily upholstered with neutral eco-friendly fabrics. Don’t forget the throw pillows!
Reduce Your Plastic Waste
Remembering to bring your reusable shopping bags is one small thing you can do. Try to limit other single use plastics like straws, cotton swabs, cutlery and water bottles. We only have one planet – let’s protect it together.
Courtesy: Homeservice Club of Canada