Living Green – Starting Now
Living Green is important nowadays. This section of our website is devoted to all that is green. We will be starting out slowly and then adding more and more as time moves on. We are starting with the green home.
The definition of a green home is one that uses less energy, water and natural resources. It creates less waste and is healthier for the people living inside it compared to a standard home.
Making your home green is a learning process. Here are a few things to get you started if you havent already.
- Recycling is probably the most important element of the living green movement. Since each region has a different set of rules on how to recycle, the most efficient way to learn about recycling practices of your municipality is to give them a call. Ask questions about how to get involved.
- Turning down your home thermostat as it gets colder is another great way to help the environment. Start living green gradually. That way you and your family will adjust more easily to the change in temperature. Lower your thermostat one degree lower each day until you reach a temperature in which all in your family is comfortable. This will save you money and reduce carbon emissions.
NOTE: A programmable thermostat works well in pre-setting the temperature in your home for different times throughout the day and you usually can program it days in advance.
- Another way to start living green and also save money is to unplug and monitor electrical devices when not in use. Did you know that even when appliances are turned off, they can still use quite a bit of energy. Also, turn off those lights when you are not in the room.
Take a few minutes to unplug and turn off and you will save millions of tons of carbon emissions from going into the atmosphere every year. Isnt that amazing!
- Lighting is important to the style and mood of our homes. Lighting can impact the atmosphere of a room or the way we see color in a room. LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology has come a long way in recent years, becoming cheaper and even more efficient. LED lamps may soon challenge CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) as the leading energy saving, green lighting choice.
- If you can afford the initial outlay, roof insulation is an absolute must for all houses and environmentally friendly insulation is available that will not only cut down on your heating and cooling costs, but also your impact on the earth.
Above we have mentioned a few of many easy ways to get started living green. We will continue to add more. We hope you will join us in living green. By just taking one step and one day at a time!
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