Greening Your Home – Top 5 (easy) Tips for a Smart Home

In this post, we would like to introduce you to 5 easy things that we do to live a greener life and share some ideas that we plan on implementing in the near future.

Greening Your Home

1.  Compost

There is so much easily compostable trash that goes to the landfill.  You can compost so much of our trash and it is incredibly rewarding.  Less trash to the landfill and rich compost to enrich our gardens.

The blog Small FootPrint Family has a wonderful list of 100 things you can compost.  There is also a blog post on how we implemented our 3-bin composting system.  Composting is good for the environment and good for your gardens!

2.  Recycle

This one is certainly not new.  You probably remember talking about recycling as early as elementary school.  However, you would be amazed to learn learn that there are people who don’t recycle.  Recycling saves a lot of trash from hitting the landfill and allows us to make better use of our earth’s precious resources.

3. Reuse

Like recycling, reusing items instead of sending them to the landfill is not a revolutionary idea but it is something that is easy to forget about.  As mentioned above, you can often have trouble remembering reusable grocery bags.  For example you can use them as trash bags in our small trash cans.

When planting seedlings, there are also lots of things you can reuse.  You may have heard a lot about reusing those little plastic k-cup containers to plant seeds.  You can also use toilet paper tubes and yogurt containers, as well.  Bottom line, before you throw something away, think about how you might be able to reuse it.

4.  Plant and Grow Organic Gardens

If you’re a follower of this blog, it should be no surprise to you that we advocate for planting and growing organic gardens.  There are so many benefits to doing this.  Plants and greenery support our environment and ecosystem.  They teach our children about caring for the earth and its beings.  They also make sure that you and your family have a constant supply of fresh fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free.

Organic gardening is an easy and smart way to green your life check out this post on getting started with raised bed gardening.

5.  Programming The Thermostat

Do you have a programmable thermostat?  They are a great way to easily control your energy usage and make sure you are heating and/or cooling efficiently.  Check out the options that your thermostat provides you to start saving today.

These are just my top 5 EASY ways to go about greening your home.  There are many other things that you (and I!) can do.  Here are some additional ideas:

  • Save On Hot Water – make sure your water heater isn’t heating your water above 120 and install an insulated water heater blanket.
  • Stop Phantom Loads – This is when electricity is being used by appliances and electronic devices even when they are shut off.  Make sure you unplug any devices/appliances that you can or plug them into power strips that are easy to switch on and off.
  • Seal cracks in your home.
  • Install insulation.
  • Upgrade windows.
  • Upgrade your lighting.  It used to be all about CFLs but the new thing is LEDs.  While CFLs have a lifespan of 10,000 hours, LED lights to have a lifespan of 50,000 hours (!), use about 1/3 the energy of CFLs and do not contain mercury.