This winter has been cold and brutal, but at last spring is right around the corner. As the weather begins to warm, the trees bloom and the grass turns green, many people will be turning to home improvements. Why not follow the grass’s example and make your house greener? We are not talking about a fresh coat of paint — we mean green in terms of environmentally friendly choices. Here are some bits of advice for going green this coming spring.
Stop Wasting Energy
Every day, without even realizing it, Vancouver homeowners use tons of energy. This results in higher utility bills and a larger carbon footprint which damages the environment. If the brutal winter is an indication of anything, it’s that we need to be more conscious of this footprint.
When you leave a room, turn off the lights. Don’t leave the fridge open when you get a drink. Unplug appliances and chargers when not using them. Switch your lightbulbs to energy efficient ones. Any steps you can take to conserve energy will result in a better lifestyle and lower bills!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Next time you clear out a container, instead of throwing it away, think about ways you can reuse it. Old jars, plastic containers from takeout and packing materials can be highly useful. Not only are you protecting the environment, but you are saving money by getting more use out of old materials.
For those containers that you find you have little use for, or which have worn out, don’t consign them to a landfill. Rather, recycle them so that they can be used over and over again.
Get Some Plants
Adding a bit of literal green to your home in the form of plants can be amazing for a better, healthier lifestyle. Plants consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. This means the air quality in your home will be better. In addition, flowers fill your home with a lovely scent that does not require artificial chemicals to produce.
Engage in Green Cleaning
Chemicals like bleach and ammonia are effective, but harsh and toxic. Why not look for green-clean options, or even make your own cleaners? Lemon or orange, vinegar, baking soda and other common household products can double as very effective and environmentally-conscious cleaning supplies. Here is an article with recipes for making your own cleaners.
Do you have any thoughts or advice for going green in your Vancouver area home this spring? We are eager to hear your thoughts! Leave us a message below and let us know.