Going Green At Home: Unique Ways To Become More Eco-Friendly

by Grace Motley

Sustainability is quickly becoming the new normal. And as an environmentally conscious consumer and homeowner, you are always looking for ways to make your home more eco-friendly. You may find the task of going green overwhelming. You may even find yourself stuck on the thought that you have to change everything about your life all at once. However, this is not the case. By taking small steps to green your home, you will be making a tremendous impact without having to completely uproot your life. So, know the areas in which you can easily go green and get down to it.

Large Appliances

When it comes to energy use in your home, your large appliances monopolize a great deal of that energy. This is especially true if your appliances were manufactured before the 1990's when environmentalism really started to become a major part of mainstream consumer culture.

While you should opt for appliance repair (rather than replacement) for as long as possible, eventually repairs just won't cut it anymore. So, when it comes time to replace any of your large appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, or dryer), you should take this as an opportunity to go green.

Look for products that have a blue Energy Star label. These appliances have undergone the scrutiny of the federal government's Energy Star rating system. Any appliance with the label has met minimum requirements to be considered energy efficient.

Small Appliances

In some cases, you can purchase small appliances that are eco-friendly as well. And you can have regular appliance repair specialists such as those found at http://www.ayersappliancerepair.net help you take care of them.

If you are a soda drinker, you can actually buy an appliance to make your soda habit more environmentally friendly.

There are machines you can purchase in most grocery stores or kitchen supply stores that you can use to make your own carbonated beverages. This is a green alternative because you will be making your own soda in reusable bottles.

So rather than purchasing and either throwing away or recycling several soda bottles and cans a week, you will be reusing the same bottles each time you make a new batch of soda.

All you need to do is look for eco-friendly small appliances and you will be able to find any number of options. Instead of buying bottled tea, get an iced tea maker or tea kettle, for example. The possibilities are endless.

Paper Products

Whether you realize it or not, you use a great deal of paper products in your home on a daily basis. This includes paper towels, napkins, facial tissue, and of course toilet tissue. All of these paper products represent a huge opportunity to go green in your home.

All of these products come in recycled versions. These recycled products are also free of the chemicals such as bleach that are used in most standard paper products. This means they are completely biodegradable, and they may even be compostable. This would mean you could throw your used napkins and paper towels into your compost pile rather than into the trash.  

Going green does not have to be an overwhelming or impossible task. You can take small and simple steps to make your home more environmentally friendly each and every day. All you have to do is recognize the areas of opportunity in your home and get to work.