If you wish to turn your life around and go green, it’s a relief to know that you don’t need to take on a big and dramatic project to make that happen. All you need to do is get a bit creative and start living green by taking up some easy DIY projects!
By simply replacing some of your old habits, making some small changes to your way of life, and reducing your energy consumption, you’ll be able to notice a huge difference.
Here are some tips on how to live green that can change your life, benefit the environment, and save you money along the way. They’re very easy to apply and budget-friendly.
Spend Less on Food
This is simple enough. Try to think about how many products you buy when you go grocery shopping and how much money you spend on them. So many of us have the habit of buying too much and unnecessarily wasting food.
What you can do to prevent that from happening is making a shopping plan and working out what exactly you need and in which amount. If you have the possibility, you can also think about starting a garden and growing your own food. It is healthier, more natural, it will save you money, and also create less waste from the packaging.
Start Saving Water
Water is a precious natural resource that we often overuse without even realizing it. Just by becoming more aware of this fact, you are taking the first important step towards changing your attitude to water.
There are many things you can do to reduce your water consumption – and save a lot of money and energy in the process. Perhaps the most effective strategy is to replace your faucets and shower heads with low-flow, energy-efficient fixtures all around the house. Also, turn off your tap whenever you’re washing the dishes, washing your face or brushing your teeth. Instead of taking baths, try to take shorter showers.
Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
One of the simplest and greenest things you can do is to replace all of your light bulbs around the house with energy-efficient ones. Lighting takes up a big part of your energy consumption, so replacing them will significantly lower your energy bill.
You can get either CFL (compact fluorescent light) or LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs. Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but they can last up to 25 times longer than the traditional ones. That actually means that in the long run you will save money both on energy and purchasing new bulbs.
Insulate and Seal Air Leaks
If you want to save money on heating, these two things are very important and at the same time very simple. They are usually the main causes of energy waste and very high utility bills during cold months.
When it comes to insulation, focus especially on the attic since that’s where the air leakages usually happen. Check your doors and windows for leaks as well and simply fix them with some new weather stripping or caulking. You will soon notice how warmer it is inside without having to turn up the thermostat all the time.
These simple, yet effective tips can help you make a positive change towards living in a more green and sustainable way. They are simple to introduce into your everyday life and bring financial benefit.
So, what are you waiting for? Start applying them today – your wallet and the environment will thank you for it!
Author: Matthew James
Matt James is a freelance writer specialized in home improvement, smart technology, architecture & design. He has a love of outdoors and spending time with his dog Cooper.