Green living means spending less and doing more for Mother Nature, making it fair for everyone. If you’ve already checked some of our other stories, you’ll see that adopting a greener lifestyle does not mean spending an insane amount of money on products that only look good and add no value.
To live a more naturally balanced life that is in harmony with our ecological system, all you need to do is make a few small changes here and there. All areas of your home can benefit from green living tips. Not only are they good for the ecosystem, but like I showed you before, they’re good for the budget too.
Here are some room-by-room options you could look at that will bring down your cost, make best use of resources, avoid wastage, and keep the environment greener.
- Get a low flow showerhead for good water without any wastage. It will also help to save energy when you want to heat the water and will also reduce electricity bills. Use a bucket instead of shower or bathtub. If you do use the tub, use the water to water your plants. While taking a shower, place a bucket underneath to catch the excess water and use it to water your plants.
- Install a cloth shower curtain that is water resistant. If possible, you could install a glass door to keep the water from seeping out. Install a flushing system that has a small button for less flushing requirement and a bigger one for more flushing needs.
- Put on the plug while shaving and reuse the water to clean your razor, instead of wasting water from a running tap. Also, instead of disposable razors, go for ones with single blade razors to create less waste.
- Try brands that make chemical free products including wellness items, makeup, fragrances, bath essentials and such. Use cleaning products that are free from chemicals, or make them at home.
- Go for the no washing-machine method of washing and air-drying clothes to save water and energy.
- Keep the fridge open for lesser amount of time to reduce the amount of emissions as well as reduce your electricity bills.
- Opt for a matka (earthen water pot) that will help you cool your water naturally.
- While washing fruits and vegetables, place them in a large pan and reuse the water for your plants. Try handwashing your dishes instead of using a dishwasher, to save on water usage as well as electricity.
- Let your foods cool down to room temperature before storing them in the refrigerator.
- Use cleaning products that are free from chemicals, or make them at home.
- Switch from regular lights and CFLs to LEDs. They use less power, give you the same amount of light, are very long lasting and are cheaper in the long run, helping cut down your electricity bills.
- Instead of vinyl blinds on the window, go for bamboo which is sturdy and long lasting, and help to keep the heat out of your rooms, making them naturally cooler.
- When operating the AC, switch on the fan to help your room cool faster. Switch off the AC for some time and let the fan circulate the cool air. Go for inverter ACs to reduce your electricity bills.
- When it comes to your closet, buy clothes that you know you will wear. Try the wear-in-a-year concept, where any clothes that you have not worn in a year should be taken out and reused. You could give it to a charitable organization or reuse them to make new clothing items or other things. Also, look for brands that make eco-friendly clothing.
- Opt for rugs instead of carpets that are made of eco-friendly products such as bamboo. They are easier to clean, contain less germs and are more long lasting and natural.
- Keep the television out of the bedroom, especially if you fall asleep while it is still on. Once you’re done with a particular electronic item, shut it off completely, even from standby mode.
All of these are small changes we can make in our everyday routine, and the end result will help us save money as well as create less imbalance in the eco system.
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