Go Green to Get Some Green

If you want to reduce the amount that you spend every month on energy bills, then you might want to take a second look at the green movement. Many people think that going green is just a trendy thing, but outside of the fact that it helps the environment to go green there is a real reason to consider it, because it’s economically viable.

The more green changes you make around your home the less energy your home will consume. The idea is to make your home as energy efficient as possible, and the in the process you will help build a better future for your kids. At the same time you will be putting some green back into your wallet and that’s something that no one can argue with. Here are just a few tips to help you get started on your new green mission.

Insulate, insulate, insulate

There is simply not enough that can be said about insulating a home. The most energy consuming process in any home is the heating and cooling process. Regardless of whether you are attempting to heat or cool your home without proper insulation you will end up spending twice as much because all of your heat/AC will be escaping out the windows and doors. Consider buying thermal curtains, caulk your windows, and add insulation around doors. Just these simple changes can reduce your energy consumption by 20%.

Compost & Recycle

The amount of rubbish that a family routinely adds to a landfill is astronomical. Just imagine tossing the weekly bin of rubbish in your back garden for a month and it should be easy to see how you are contributing to the landfill crisis. The easiest way to prevent this is simply by taking advantage of recycling program in your town and building a compost heap in the back garden. By recycling papers and plastics and placing food waste in the compost you can reduce your weekly bin-waste by more than half.

Fix leaky faucets

Next you might want to break out your water calculator, because the same way that heat can escape through the windows you might be wasting water without realizing it as well. One leaky tap in a home can cost you £20 extra a month. If you have more than one leaky tap the extra water consumption can be out of this world. Fix your taps and the repair costs will quickly pay themselves off over the next several months.

Water in the evenings

Finally, everyone likes to keep their gardens green, but if you have to irrigate your lawn then follow some of the common water saving tips and make sure to only water in the evenings when it’s cooler. This will prevent the water from evaporating so that you can use less water and still evenly soak the lawn. You also might want to think about using shade to your advantage because by planting flowers in the shade you will reduce their dependence on extraneous water sources.