Eco-friendly and Green homes are trending these days because people are caring more about the environment in which they live. In a lot of ways we have come full circle, many decades ago, homeowners tried to create a safe and healthy environment for themselves and their families, but as technology has expanded into areas of food planting and unsafe ways of growing something simple like grass and plants, life is not as healthy or economical as it could be. Now many people are getting back to basics with how they live and also with the homes they live in. Below we list 4 an popular trends and a few simple ways that you and your family can engage in to create a greener lifestyle.
1. Smaller Homes
Homes that are smaller use less resources. They are easier to heat and cool in the summertime. Using less natural resources like gas, electric, and water, is a simple and doable way to live a greener life.
2. Leed Certified Lighting and Energy Star
Better lighting is another key to living greener. There are certified forms of lighting for homes now that guarantee a lifetime of use and they use less electricity. Homeowners should look for LEED and Energy Star certified forms of lighting.
Bamboo is an eco-friendly material used more now for home flooring. What makes it a greener choice is that bamboo comes from a source which replaces itself. It is a renewable energy source. You can also use bamboo for cabinets in your bathrooms and kitchen areas.
4. Conserving Water
By simply replacing a shower head in your bathrooms, you can conserve water and be a part of the solution on the planet instead of the cause. There is such a thing now called “gray water”, this is doing your dishes and then reusing that dishwater for plants, watering the grass, e
One of the most important ways to go green is to stop waste. If you have leftovers in the fridge, repurpose them into a new dish or use them as compost in a garden sending them back into the earth. Use your gray water for watering plants or if you don’t have a garden, simply pour the gray dish water into the earth. Another way to go green is to stop running your water while you are doing your dishes. Fill a large pan with water and do your dishes that way. This is one way to create and use gray water. You don’t lose it, you use it instead to help the earth. Going green can be as simple as not running water while you brush your teeth. Only run water in your home when it is necessary. Being green is simply being mindful, and in the long run if we all take on at least one of these practices, the earth can be replenished.
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