Give Your Home a Green Makeover As the worldwide scientific community discovers more about the negative effects of human-generated greenhouse gases on the earth, many home owners have begun considering the role they play individually in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. There are a number of easy, cost-effective ways to reduce unnecessary waste in your home in order to reduce your impact on the environment. Using the below tips, you can make your home a greener, more environmentally responsible one in no time! Companies are coming out in droves with newer, greener appliances. Take a moment to go through the appliances in your home and consider whether it's time to replace them or not. If so, shop around for environmentally-friendly ones. Not only will this make a big impact on your carbon footprint, especially if use the appliance daily, but you will likely save money in electricity bills over the long you run. Leaky faucets and inefficient toilets are two of the most common causes of wasted water in homes. Make the investment to have a professional come and evaluate your plumbing system so that you're not wasting water for any reason. Only a small percentage of the world's water is drinkable, so it's important that we all conserve the water to which we do indeed have access. Similar to the advice above, make sure you don't waste water. Making some subtle yet integral lifestyle changes can save gallons upon gallons of water over time. For example, turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth and lower the strength of the faucet while doing the dishes. Since we all use lights every day, if you update your light bulbs to compact fluorescent ones, you'll notice your electric bill will drop precipitously. This also means you're reducing your carbon footprint by saving energy and, thus, helping reduce your impact on global warming! Air leaks are a horrible and yet pervasive problem for most home owners. There are many professionals who will go through your home and evaluate where/how air may be leaking, so you don't have to take time searching every nook and cranny for a crack. If you take care to address air leak problems, you'll have a warmer house in the winter and a cooler house in the summer while using less energy, guaranteed. When people hear the word "recycle," many often picture separating recyclable products from garbage and taking those out to the curb to be picked up by a recycling truck. However, a key component to recycling also involves reusing items in your house for different purposes. For example, a nice-looking jar that might have contained applesauce can be filled with colorful stones and turned into a flower vase to accent your home. Going green doesn't have to mean installing solar panels on your roof and driving an electric car. If you follow the tips provided above, you can dramatically decrease your impact on the environment while simultaneously saving money. Take a moment to consider how you can renovate your home to be a greener one.
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