Good Green Habits for Better Living
Good green habits will help you save money and also help the environment.
In developing green habits you you will stand a chance of living a better life.
In almost every sense you should seriously consider going green in your home.
That doesn't have to be an instant transformation, but you can change some simple habits to live a better life, protect the planet and save yourself money.
For instance, why not try buying used clothing. Consider, for a moment, that a new pair of jeans might cost you as much as $100 or more and, even in the cheapest of stores, at least $15.
Also, consider all of the work, materials and resources that go into making a new pair. Now, think about the fact that you can probably find a used pair in great condition at a thrift store (charity shop) for $5, or maybe even less. Those savings add up over time, especially if you have a large family and are one of the exceedingly good green habits you can adopt.
Another huge area where you can save yourself money and conserve resources is electricity usage. Before you can change to good green habits to reduce that usage, however, you need to understand how electricity works. Let's use a 60-watt light bulb, as an example:
A 60-watt bulb burns 60 watts of electricity per hour.
60 watts per hour is equal to 1440 watts a day.
To calculate the energy costs for that bulb, multiply watts per hour (60) times your electric company's percentage per kilowatt rate.
To calculate energy use of that bulb over time, take the answer from the above bullet point and multiply it times hours, days, months or years.
Those are all things to think about carefully, when you next leave a light on over night or when you aren't home. It would be one of the simple green habits change and just shut off the lights when you don't need them. If you don't trust yourself to remember to do that, though, try getting light timers or motion sensors to help you out.
Around the Home
Conservation is important in your entire home, but the kitchen should definitely be a major focus. There are so many energy-sucking appliances in the kitchen that it's important to do all you can to reduce that energy usage. One way to do that is by investing in an oven toaster.
Breville toaster ovens are some of the latest and greatest. They are known for their low energy output and their ability to cook large amounts.
For example, some Breville toaster ovens can make six pieces of toast at a time, or even cook an entire pizza. Nevertheless, it's best to read online toaster oven reviews to pick just the right toaster oven for you. No matter which one you choose, you'll find that cooking in a small toaster oven can save a lot of time and energy, since the larger oven would put out more heat and take more time, both to cook with and to clean.
Another way that you can save money and conserve resources in the kitchen is to reduce your water usage. Here are some ways to do that:
Purchase a water-efficient dishwasher.
Do not purchase a refrigerator with a built in water and ice dispenser in the front.
Get a water-efficient tap (faucet) for your kitchen sink and, if possible, attach a water filtration system.
We're all guilty of buying bottled water, from time to time. However, it's not necessarily a good idea. Plastic water bottles are not biodegradable and are rarely recycled. Not only that, but the costs of buying them can quickly add up. A filtration system in your home will reduce the money that you spend on water, in general, although you may see your home water bill rise slightly.
Around The House
Finally, don't neglect areas where you can save in the rest of your house. One of the biggest of those is the area of household cleaning products. Commercial cleaners are not environmentally friendly at all. They're also extremely expensive. You might find yourself spending $650 or more a year on them.
Why waste money buying things that aren't good for you, your kids, your pets, the environment or your bank account? Instead, try using natural cleaning supplies, like vinegar, lemon and baking soda. You'll see a difference in your environment and in your spending in no time at all. These good green habits will last you a lifetime and your home will be just as clean.
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