LIVING THE GREEN LIFE

Many people want to say that they are living in such a manner as to be environmentally friendly, but it is hard to actually make sure that you are doing this as fully and as properly as you could. Being green means that you need to focus on doing so in your home, because in most cases, that’s where we can make the most difference, because that’s where we have the most control. These are just a few tips I’ve put together today, on how to live a greener life at home. 

SENSIBLE USE OF WATER

Water is a precious substance, and one which too many of us take completely for granted. I never really gave my water consumption much of a thought until we moved to the country and have been able to see first hand the devastation caused by seasons of drought. Being mindful of how you use water, makes it easier to reduce your waste. I wrote down a list of all the areas we used a lot of water, and then set about making plans to reduce our usage where we could.

Is it possible that you could shower for less time, for instance? Or maybe you could clean the dishes by hand rather than in the dishwasher every once in a while. You should also think about finding alternate ways to get hold of water, such as using Tanks Direct to help conserve rainwater instead. You can then use that in the garden, or filter and purify it and use it to drink and wash.

CONSERVING ENERGY

It’s in everybody’s interest to conserve energy. but your bank account will also thank you. Ensuring that you are not wasting your heating, for instance, will save you a lot of money on the electricity bill, and that is likely to make a huge difference to your life. But conserving energy is also one of the most vital aspects of ensuring that you are living as green a home life as possible, and for that reason it’s worth looking into in some detail. Simple things like keeping windows and doors closed when the heating is on are obviously going to make a difference. Turning appliances off at the power socket when they are not in use, and purchasing electrical goods that have a high energy star rating. But you should also look at longer term solutions, like making sure your home has the right amount of insulation. The more energy you conserve, the better for everyone. 

BUYING  ORGANIC

Finally, the food you eat is also worthy of this kind of scrutiny if you are serious about living a greener life. One of the major things you can do is to buy organic food, which is likely to be particularly useful in helping you to reduce your environmental impact on the planet. Organic food is far less damaging in general, so you will be making a change in your own small way here. I’m not going to pretend that eating organically can be a little expensive though. If you need some tips for this, you should check out my guide to eating organically on a budget

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