You don’t have to be an eco-warrior to know that going green pays. Not only can it save the environment, but it can also save you cash down the line. There isn’t much to it, believe it or not. Something as simple as using less water can go a long way. Whether your house is as old as you are, or you’ve just had your housewarming, it’s never too late to give green living a go.
- Solar Panels
If you live in a sunny place; you might as well take advantage of it by investing in solar panels. They call it ‘going off-grid” for a reason – it makes you independent and ensures you’ll never have to go through power outages again.
Going solar might seem expensive at first, but in the long run, you’ll save a ton of money. Get even more out of your solar panels by cooking with induction cookware and cooktops, which are long-lasting, safe, and eco-friendly.
- Living Architecture
This tip is more for those who are building a new home. Rooftop gardens are the latest hot trend, thanks to their ability to help cool your house while offsetting the suffocating impact of urban activity.
During a storm, your rooftop garden helps to manage the rain, while on hot days, your home won’t be affected by the scorching sun. A rooftop garden also makes for a more enduring roof by resisting wear and reinforcing your waterproofing.
If those aren’t good enough reasons to install a rooftop garden, consider the fact that you can entertain guests up there and have a beautiful little nook for morning sunshine, coffee, and daydreaming.
- Dry Toilets
The way you manage your waste has to change. That old toilet of yours is churning through a surprising amount of water. Dry toilets use the composting process, allowing for organic matter to decompose and turn waste into something similar to compost; the kind you can use in your garden.
The good thing about this toilet is that it doesn’t cost much to set up. There’s no need to connect to sewer systems or septic tanks, and there’ll be no need to have your plumber on speed dial anymore.
- Water Harvesting Equipment
Most of the planet is covered in water, but much of it is undrinkable. The good news is that by connecting a decent sized container to your water system, you can harvest an endless supply of water for your home. Rainwater is free, and with a good quality filter, you can make full use of this ‘heavenly’ water, making your personal paradise on Earth a reality.
- Light-Duty Lighting
Making use of what nature has to offer is the key to an eco-friendly home. After all, we’re at no risk of running out of sunlight. To make use of this natural light source, consider the way your rooms are positioned, the curtains you use, and other small details that can determine how well-lit your house is.
Get yourself some LED lights with dimmer switches so you can create the perfect low-energy evening ambiance. Then use occupancy sensor light switches to save even more energy by having the lights turn themselves off when nobody’s in the room. That way, you won’t have to change light bulbs constantly.
Go Green or Go Home
When the going gets tough, the tough go green. Though some of these eco-friendly options come with an upfront investment, they will pay off over time, making them worthwhile in the long-run. Show you care by doing your share and remember – there’s no planet B.