10 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

Keeping warm without the cost!

Keeping warm without the cost!

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the environmental challenges facing us. After all, things like climate change, global deforestation and the growing toxicity of our environment are daunting challenges. But, as Al Gore so eloquently puts it; ‘despair is another form of denial’. So, instead of despairingly sticking our heads in the sand, here are a few easy ways to make a big environmental difference

  1. Investigate your household energy options. Can you make the switch to renewables personally? Or can you negotiate with your energy provider to source a percentage of your electricity from green sources?
  2. Reduce your energy needs. Turn off the second fridge, make sure all appliances are working efficiently and turn off the dreaded standby!
  3. Change over to LED lightbulbs. Check out my post here on why changing lightbulbs may be one of the biggest things we can do to save the planet.
  4. Cold in winter? Don’t reach for the heater remote. Rug up with a jumper (or ski jacket as the occasion demands), and invite some friends over for dinner. The additional body heat will warm your house and lift your spirits!
  5. Leave shoes at the door. Let’s be clear, your shoes will accumulate toxins as you are out exploring the world. If you don’t want to be bringing nasties onto the carpets that your children crawl on, simply kick your shoes off at the exit.
  6. While on the subject of toxins, take a look at your cleaning regime. If the thought of your toddler accessing your cleaning chemicals fills you with dread, perhaps its time to switch to natural alternatives. Lemon, white vinegar, bi-carb soda and essential oils are sufficient to combat most household mess. Easier on the hip pocket, and it may just save you a few phone calls to the poison information centre! Check out the wonderful Laura over at Sustainababy for advice on how to make your cleaning regime better for your family and the environment.
  7. Hit the footpath. Next time you need to head to the shops, leave the car at home and walk or cycle. You’ll get a rush of endorphins and your car won’t be chewing up non-renewable resources or emitting carbon dioxide.
  8. Take part in an environmental challenge. If you’re in need of a bit more inspiration and motivation, try participating in Plastic Free July, or Buy Nothing New October. If you’re in need of an even bigger challenge, try buying nothing new for a YEAR, like the amazing Fearse Family.
  9. Source fresh produce locally. Visit your local farmers markets or investigate a grocery box scheme. You’ll save money and save the environment through the reduction of food miles.
  10. Checkmate! Instead of snuggling up to watch TV with your partner, why not break out the chessboard or even a deck of cards. You’ll reduce your energy use, not be bombarded with advertising and may even discover a whole new side to each other!