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We’re in the middle of a heatwave, but the veggies won’t wait! I’m spending my day in the garden, as well as the garage, getting ready for Friday’s yard sale! Today’s post comes your way courtesy of guest blogger, Sara. She’s got some great ideas on how to make your home a little greener. The greener, the better, right?
How to Green Up Your Home
There is a lot of talk about using organic ingredients and eating healthfully whenever possible. You’ve learned how to clean your air with plants. But what about the rest of your home? What are some good ways to “green up” your home?
1. Switch Your Utilities
Switching from “traditional” electricity to natural gas is a great way to save money and power your home sustainably. If “traditional” electricity is your thing, you can switch to sustainably powered power (it will cost a little extra to switch your power to wind or solar but it’s a worthy investment). If you’re lucky enough to live in a state with a deregulated energy industry (like Texas or Ohio) you can even choose which company from which to get your power. Spend some time on comparison sites like www.shopelectricityratestexas.com (or whatever is local to you) to make sure you’re getting the power you want from the sources you want at the rates that are comfortable for your family.
2. Collect Rain and Gray Water
Collecting rainwater is really easy. You can buy a kit that will help you hook a barrel up to your gutters to help you collect as much rain runoff as possible. Collecting rainwater is beneficial for a number of reasons. You can use the water you collect to water your yard or garden. You can use it to wash your car. If you filter it, you can even use it for light bathing (sometimes). Collecting rainwater is also good for the environment—it keeps the gutter runoff from flooding your yard and helps decrease erosion rates of local topography.
You can also collect “gray” water from showers, washing dishes, etc. Simply stop up your sink or tub so that it will hold the water. Then transfer the water from your tub or sink to a collection apparatus. Make sure you outfit your collection receptacle with a good filter so that you can actually reuse the water you’ve saved.
3. Cork Flooring
Cork flooring is a great way to help green up your home and help the environment. Cork is one of the only woods that, when harvested, does not result in deforestation. This is because the cork that is cut for wood is actually just the bark of the cork tree. Cutting the bark off of the cork tree lengthens the life and improves the health of the tree (which simply grows more bark).
Cork flooring is a great addition to any home. It helps regulate the temperature of your home. It is easier on your feet. Cork flooring is actually recommended for people who are older or who spend lots of time on their feet. It absorbs the shock of your weight as you walk instead of simply spreading it back up into your legs.
These are just three ways that you can increase the eco-friendliness of your home. What are some of the things that you’ve done to reduce your home and lifestyle’s carbon footprint?