The demand for eco-living is huge at the moment. We as a nation are becoming increasingly invested in improving our carbon footprint and living eco-friendly. We put together some top tips for greenifying your home!
SWITCH TO COMPACT FLUOR- ESCENT LIGHT BULBS
These bulbs – now available to fit many light fixtures use just a quarter of the electricity of regular incandescent bulbs. Plus, they last up to 10 times longer.
TURN OFF THE LIGHTS
If you or others in your house- hold are forgetful, install movement sensors so lights only activate when needed. Another way to save energy is to install automatic timers for lights frequently left blazing in empty rooms.
SET COOLING AND HEATING TEMPERATURES CORRECTLY
Your refrigerator and freezer are probably the biggest electrical energy consumers in your house. Take steps to make sure they’re not working harder than necessary.
Electronic appliances, including TVs, computers, and CD players can consume almost as much energy when in standby mode as they do during the relatively small amount of time they’re being used.
USE APPLIANCES EFFICIENTLY
Wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Clear the lint filter after every dryer load and air-dry clothes when weather allows. Use the air-dry function on your dish- washer. Preheat your oven only when necessary.
LET THE SUN SHINE
The cheapest and most environ- mentally sound heat and light source is just outside your win- dow. Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.
Live plants around your home act as natural air filters, and some plants are particularly effective absorbers of harmful pollutants emitted from carpets, furniture, and electronic equipment. So clean your indoor air and “green” your living space by filling your home with spider plants, Boston ferns, rubber plants, and palm trees.
INSTALL A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR
Carbon monoxide is an odourless gas and exposure to it can be deadly. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, pick-up a detector at your local hardware store.