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A starter’s guide to making your home eco friendly

Monday, January 20, 2014   by: Greener Ideal

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Making your home eco-friendly is as much about what you do as it is about what you use. There’s an expression that can be applied to this, “you get out what you put in.” It simply means, your results will reflect the equivalent of your efforts. Therefore, eco-friendly achievement is entirely up to you. But where do you start? The answer is anywhere.

A home is made up of material, and modifications or upgrades to these materials are what will make your home eco-friendly. However, there is one important rule when considering giving your home a green thumbs up makeover:  Timing is important. You want to make alterations sooner rather than later. This will ensure that you save some money, and the environment. Let’s review a few tips on how to make, and also keep your home up eco-friendly.

Green Plumbing

The plumbing in your home is vital to providing your essential needs. Purely because the plumbing is associated with so many things such as: water supply, heating, and sanitation. Conclusively, the plumbing system is always active and thus a great starting point for eco upgrades!

Toilet—with your toilets you want to be equipped with low-flow but high efficiency toilets. Newer model toilets offer “dual flush” which is the option to use half flush, or a full flush. These are great solutions that will increase eco-friendly activity in the home.

Hot Water Heater—have you ever noticed that your hot water reaches a drastically hot temperature extremely fast? It is because your hot water heater is at a very high temperature. This in turn results in an excess use of energy which is uncongenial with the environment.  The solution is to access your hot water heater temperature and keep it below 120°F.

Fixer Ups

  • Leaky faucets especially, need fixer up attention. If unattended for a long period (perhaps overnight, or longer) a leaky faucet can waste a substantial amount of water.
  • Other leaks associated with toilets, pipes, or sinks should be treated with the same urgency as they also can waste water. Every few months or so you should contact a plumber to come and inspect your home. They will be able to access damage, offer solutions, and provide you with eco-friendly alternatives as well.

Always remember to consult a plumber, such as the professionals here, when making upgrades or repairs to your home plumbing system.

Green Makeover

The plumbing system isn’t the only area of a home that needs attention, of course not. Remember that every room in a home can be eco-friendly it’s a matter of material and how you pursue eco-friendly productivity.

ShowerInstalling low-flow shower heads is a smart way to go. In addition to that there are other measures you can take when showering or taking a bath. In order to save water you may want to use the water stopper, then gather the water for your garden.

Sink—When washing dishes, or brushing your teeth try to cut off the water. Fill the sink up with a reasonable amount of water and reuse the water.

RefrigeratorRefrigerators require a substantial amount of energy to run.  It’s advised to disconnect refrigerators that are not being used to save energy. In addition to that, try to decide on what you may want to take out of the refrigerator without actually gazing into the refrigerator, leaving the door open is another example of wasted energy.

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