4 Principles for a Greener Home
Have you heard about Whirlpool’s Zera Food Recycler? It’s a new kitchen appliance that lets you turn leftovers into fertilizer with just a touch of a button. At CES 2017, it bagged the Best of Innovation Award.
Now there are other household appliances that help create a greener home. For example, FridgeCam by Smarter Applications sends reminders (via a mobile app) to users about food expiry dates.
There’s also Scenario Manager by Bosch Smart Home System, which alerts users about adjusting their heating or cooling systems or turning off electrical appliances and lights when they go out.
Of course, eco-friendly household items aren’t the only way to make your home greener. Here are four other ways you can green up your home and life.
4 Greener Home Principles
. Install solar panels.
In a previous post, we talked about renewable energy sources and how solar energy is perhaps the easiest green energy source to understand. One way you can harness solar power for your home is to install solar panels.
If you’re worried about the costs, you’d be happy to know that going solar isn’t as expensive as it was before. Plus, long-term savings mean you’ll be getting back your initial investment.
The government also provides incentives and tax breaks to people who use solar power in their homes.
. Look for opportunities to save energy.
Whether your house is new or has been around for a long time, you need to conduct a home energy audit from time to time.
Energy-saving technology is rapidly advancing so homeowners should always be on the lookout for ways to do energy efficiency upgrades.
One easy way to do this is to check for air leaks. Sealing air leaks can give you up to 20% energy savings per year. Make sure to avoid backdrafts by learning more about proper ventilation.
You should also check insulation, inspect heating and cooling systems regularly, and opt for efficient lighting.
. Keep the air clean.
Plants are natural air filters. They effectively absorb airborne pollutants from furniture, electronic equipment, and carpets. Examples of air-cleaning houseplants are spider plants, garden mums, Boston ferns, and bamboo palms.
You should also replace strong chemical cleaners with eco-friendly alternatives, preferably fragrance-free ones. Don’t forget to filter your air and skip the air fresheners as these just mask odors and don’t really clean the air.
. Conserve water.
Freshwater is a precious resource. Take showers and save baths for special occasions. If local regulations permit the use of gray water, use it to water plants and flush the toilet.
Other simple ways to conserve water include waiting for a full load. This applies to both washing machines and dishwashers.
And speaking of doing dishes, you’ll save more water by filling the sink than leaving the faucet running. Use a tub for rinsing if you don’t have a double sink.
Wrapping Up for a Greener Home
Greening up your home and life isn’t just about buying appliances that save energy. You can create a greener home by installing solar panels, doing regular home energy audits, keeping the air clean, and conserving water.
Did we miss out on anything? Leave us a reply if you want to share your tips on creating a greener home or check out our other posts to know more about eco-friendly environmental issues.