Everyone wants to go green these days. People are worried about how they are harming the planet. It’s okay to want to do more for the planet. It may be hard at first, but there is a way to start small. What a better way to start than in and around your house? Take a look around your house. It needs a good cleaning, doesn’t it? Where do you start? If your house is a super mess, it may be hard to know where to begin. Here are some steps to follow to be on your way to a more energy-efficient, clean home this spring.
Clean Your House Of Unneeded Items
Now, some of you are not going to want to hear this, but you might need to. Clutter can take up space and make the house look dirtier than it really is. On average, there are 300,000 things in United States households. Hoarding is a real problem. It is easy to understand why you would want to hold onto some things. There might be some strong memories attached to certain items in your house. However, you need to sit down and look through everything that you want to keep.
Enlist your family’s help in throwing out things that you don’t use anymore and to separate items into three boxes: garbage, donation, and keep. Take items to a donation center in your nearest city or ask family members or friends if they’d like hand-me-down clothing and toys that you may have been storing for years. You could even hold a garage sale to try to rid of items you don’t need anymore.
After cleaning out your house, it’s time to put your efforts into making your home more energy-efficient.
Insulate Your Home
You might not know this, but sometimes houses leak air through the walls, falls, and ceilings. Because of this, you are always turning up the heat or the cool air. That leads to you losing money and using up more energy than what is needed. The biggest offender of this is the attic itself. The only way to stop this is to insulate your house. How do you do that? Go around your house and see where all the air leaks are coming from. Next, go out and buy the insulation and caulk products that you need. You might need to get a professional to do this. Insulation will not only make your home more energy-efficient, but it will help you save money, too.
Consider Appliance Usage
The appliances in your house take up space and energy. These appliances include your fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, and other things that you use for cooking and washing purposes. Now, there isn’t much you can do with the big appliances; just moderate how much you use them. If the weather is nice outside, hang your clothes outside to dry. Give the dryer a break from time to time. Cut down on how many days a week you use your washer. Sometimes, you might want to wash your clothes every other week. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. With your smaller appliances like your coffee makers and blenders, unplug them and put them away when they’re not in use. Your energy bill will thank you for it.
Now for the part of helping the planet. You use water for practically everything, but do you really need to? A trillion gallons of water are wasted each year due to running toilets, leaking faucets, and other leaks. It shouldn’t be like this, so let’s look at what’s wrong. If you have a leaky faucet, try and fix it. If you have to use your dishwater, use the light setting to get your dishes clean. It will get the job done just the same. Don’t run the water while you are brushing your teeth. Check all the leaks around your house. Also, check your toilets and get them fixed. One more tip with saving water is to not take long showers or baths.
Watch the Thermostat
Here comes another common mistake with wasting energy around the house. It’s tempting to turn up the thermostat when it gets too hot or cold. This will waste energy and cost more money. Quicken Loans suggests dropping the temperature by three to five degrees. Now, this won’t be easy to do at first. This goes especially if you don’t live alone. Sit everyone down and decide on what you want to keep the temperature on and stay consistent. Use blankets and wear warm clothes in the colder months when you keep the thermostat at a moderate temperature.
Make Recycling a Household Habit
Finally, make recycling a daily habit. Everyone talks about doing this, but not everybody commits to it. Recycled products are important across many industries; in fact, recycled metal is utilized in about 40% of steel production across the globe. Even so, we can do so much more. Start off small. There are places that will take cans and metals for money. That alone could be a great motivator. Make it a competition among your family members with prizes, like a day off from chores or an extra treat. Another tip is to insist that you start separating plastics, papers, and metals around the house. Use labeled bins to make this possible. Every little bit helps!
Establishing more energy-efficient practices in your home doesn’t have to be hard. You just need to commit to the effort. The first step doesn’t have to be huge. You can just follow these tips one step at a time to make the planet a healthier and cleaner place.