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Easy Ways to Green Your Home in the New Year

Conserve Water There’s nothing easier than getting a rain barrel to collect rain water that you can use to water your garden with. Rainwater can also be used for household chores such as washing windows and your car. Rainwater doesn’t cost you a dime and is perfect for uses that don’t require potable water. For when you need to use perfectly clean water, such as for washing dishes, clothes or for drinking, you can look for creative ways to use less. For example, the next time your clothes washer, dish washer or toilet breaks, consider getting a replacement that is water efficient. These appliances are available on the market at a small premium but will save you money in the long run. A water efficient shower head is a simple fix, and easy to install, that can actually lower your water bill by hundreds of dollars throughout its lifespan. Of course, you can also reduce the amount of water you use by turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers. Use Less Electricity Not everyone wants to spend thousands of dollars installing a renewable energy system on their property. There are actually many ways that you can lower your energy bill without breaking the bank. For example, you can install a small solar water heating system in your home. With all of the financing options available from government and utilities these days, it’s a very affordable option to consider. See sites like Australian Solar Quotes for more rebate information. Programmable thermostats can also help you reduce your energy consumption by learning your schedule and preferences and automatically adjusting indoor temperatures to maximize efficiency and your comfort. The next time you need to replace an appliance, consider getting an energy efficient one. They will consume less electricity, meaning that you’re lowing your energy bills and your carbon footprint at the same time. Additionally, look into buying energy efficient lighting options for your home. Don’t forget that turning off lights when you leave a room is a big energy saver! Produce Less Waste You can easily reduce the amount of waste that you send to landfill by increasing your recycling rate and finding creative ways to reuse materials that you would otherwise view as waste. A good way to know if a material is recyclable in your municipality is to check with your local government. Many state governments in Australia have recycling guides that you can print and post next to your recycling bin. This way, you are maximizing the amount of materials that you are ensuring don’t needlessly end up in a landfill. Consider reusing materials such as bottle caps and Popsicle sticks as art and craft materials with the kids. You can also reuse plastic bags at garbage bags. Composting yard waste and kitchen scraps is another great way to produce less waste. You can either let the city take your away to be professionally composted or you can keep a compost bin in your backyard to make your own soil for your garden. It only takes a little creativity and time to significantly reduce the amount of waste that your home generates. Set a goal for your family in the new year to reduce your waste footprint and see just how fun accepting this challenge can be. As you can see, greening your home and your life doesn’t have to come with a large price tag. By being more sensitive to the amount of resources that you consume and the amount of waste that you produce, you can save yourself some cash all while having a positive impact on the planet, both locally and globally.]]>

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