Making your home more eco-friendly

When it comes the time to make your house green there are a number of things that can be done. From turning lights off, closing doors and leaving appliances off when not in use as well as opening or closing the curtains at the windows. For even more effort you can create a reward system or game to play with the youngsters at home, for example before turning on the water, putting the stopper in place.

Only run full loads for the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer or if you need to use them, adjust the water level for the different loads needed. A third less water is used for front loading washers than those that are top loaded. Phosphates as well as other chemicals in many laundry and dishwasher soaps can easily pollute waterways, lakes and kill the many animal and plant species as well as creating a human health risk.

Bulk shopping is the best way to shop since you will need less number of materials to package the goods therefore decreasing the amount of waste. Nevertheless there are some bulk purchases that may be worse for you as well as the environment. So be a careful shopper and help the environment.

Cleaning around your home gives you the opportunity to discover a variety of choices in terms of cleaning products that are environmentally safe. For example, white vinegar can be used in the kitchen but also to remove scale as good as the professional products. And you could also use it to clean worktops, floors, your coffee pot and to polish chrome. There is also a use for it to treat bee stings, kill weeds and reduce the pain of sunburn.

You probably know that the water usage and waste are the contributors to most of the problems with you wanting to make the house greener. Switch to a water efficient shower install plumbing that is low flow like a low flow shower head. Almost 50% of the hot water used in a normal household is for showers.

Low flow nozzles will save about five gallons each minute for a normal garden hose and a low flow showerhead will use as little as two gallons of water every minute saving for a ten minute shower about 25 gallons of water. Toilets that are later than 1996 will only use 1.5 gallons per flush while older ones use three and four times as much.