Caring about the environment is something that we should all do. Being greener tends to be cheaper than the wasteful alternative too – great for frugal homeowners and renters alike! It’s not always time-consuming to switch to a greener alternative and after some time, you naturally look for green options and discount ones that aren’t.
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Here are some suggestions for being greener at home and in your garden too.
Energy Audit for Your Home
Complete a comprehensive energy audit of your home. Look at the viability of having solar panels installed on the roof and using an inverter with a battery bank to store the energy collected from the sun. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs throughout the home; no excuses.
Examine your past energy bills to understand whether the number of kilowatts (kWh) of energy is increasing or not. Not just the total cost of the bill because the price per unit may have changed, but the usage pattern may be different. Significant seasonal differences in usage patterns are also something to consider. Once you have this information, look at ways to reduce total consumption. For instance, if you’re expending more energy in the winter time than seems right, your home could have an insulation problem that needs addressing. Doing so would reduce future energy bills because less heat is lost from the home.
Create Your Compost Bin Naturally
When thinking about needing a compost bin for your garden, the first impulse is to go and buy one, along with the soil to fit inside it. Dead wrong! For your garden’s soil to benefit from the nutrients to provide enrichment to the plants and vegetables growing there, create your own compost bin from what’s already lying around.
Find a disused trash can; plastic is best. If you don’t have one available, maybe someone is freecycling one rather than taking it to the local trash dump? You’ll need a drill and a spare drill bit to drill wide holes in the top, bottom and sides –a plastic bin is a bit easier for this. Add a platform for the bin using garden stones or spare bricks to allow water drainage underneath. Plan where water drainage will go by positioning your compost bin appropriately once it’s ready.
Fill up your new compost bin with discarded egg shells, old newspapers, food scraps, coffee filters and old grounds, and leaves you’ve raked up around the garden. Empty out the bin every few days when it’s ready by tipping out the compost onto the soil and starting over. Now enjoy your free (or almost free) compost bin.
Christmas Tree Again This Holiday Season?
Cutting down trees to celebrate Christmas is terribly wasteful. While many tree farms replant trees that are harvested, the air isn’t made any cleaner once the fully-grown tree has been cut and is sitting in the Christmas tree lot.
This year, why not invest in an artificial Christmas tree from Balsam Hill? You can still get into the full spirit of the season. Decorate your tree with glowing baubles, hanging ornaments and a fairy at the top if you wish. Add the Christmas lights and you’re all set. A feel-good Christmas for everyone!
There’re many things you can do to be greener at home. It’s more of a mindset than anything. Buying what you need while being environmentally-conscious at the same time. It only takes a little effort and it pays dividends for decades to come.