Saving Energy and Money Through Green Living

More and more of us are learning the importance of practising green living throughout our daily activities.

In fact, many of the things that people have taken for granted are now beginning to show that they are detrimental to people’s health and the environment.

For example, overusing water can lead to water restrictions in growing communities as well as higher utility bills. For this reason, it is important for everyone to begin to find ways to incorporate green living into their lifestyles in order to protect the environment, promote health and to save money on utilities.

Here are three areas in which you can help the environment, protect your health and save some money.

Green Cleaning

In order to protect the environment, it is important to use natural cleaning products whenever it is possible. Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar can be used to clean countertops, sinks and even windows.

Turning the water off except for rinsing dishes or the car can also reduce gallons of wasted water. Using water from a rain barrel can also effectively remove dirt from a car while reducing the amount of water that is used.

Another way to reduce water usage in the home is to only wash clothes when there is a full load. Then, the clothes can be hung outside to dry in order to also save energy.

Natural Decorating

Many people do not think about the energy that goes into decorating their home.

Many modern furniture pieces are produced using unhealthy chemicals that require lots of energy to produce.

A better alternative to plastics and metals is to choose natural wood furnishings such as the ones that are available at the Rocky Mountain Décor Store. Not only are these furniture pieces made from quality natural wood, but they will also serve as a reminder that green living is a beautiful thing to do for the environment.

Reducing Energy

In the average home, a lot of energy is wasted through cooling and filtering the air. Therefore, using windows and fans to cool the house during good weather can effectively reduce the energy and money that is spent to run the air conditioning.

Outside, drought resistant landscaping can be implemented that requires less mowing so that energy can be saved on running water and using petrol powered mowers.

Additionally, natural plants can be used to filter the air in a home, and windows can be opened to let in the natural light.

Making the effort to pursue green living has many potential rewards for homeowners that will extend further into their communities. By living naturally, a person can enjoy the beauty of their surroundings while knowing that they are making the best choices for a happier and healthier home.

What about you? What do you do to save money and energy at home?

1 Comment

  1. Rachel on August 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    This is a press release from America, isn’t it? The clue is here: “In the average home, a lot of energy is wasted through cooling and filtering the air.” Um, not in this country, it isn’t. I’d be willing to bet this came from Rocky Mountain Cabin Decor 😉

    Anyway, I second the tip about cleaning with vinegar. I tried it in the bathroom and it was a revelation! I haven’t seen any other product cut through limescale and soap scum so effectively.