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Minimizing Materials for a Greener, Cleaner Home

8/19/2013 9:23:00 AM

Tags: green homes, sustainable living, green living, renewable energy, Rachel Matthews

The last few years have seen many in both domestic and industrial sectors “deviate” to green practices. Thanks to better financing strategies, green homes are now cost-effective, leading to a surge in affordable, sustainable homes. There’s a possibility that the sustainable model of living can be considered as a standard in the coming decade or so. At least, there’s a decent trend to show from social and economic impact of green homes.

Opting for green practices in your home can serve as an initial step toward a cost-effective transformation. Recent surveys of some California residences indicate that green homes can cut down energy costs by a remarkable 40 to 50 percent. Even some Colorado residents have fused design and eco-friendliness in their homes.

Following are some basic tips for achieving the goal of a greener, cleaner home:

Maximizing use of space

The idea of space utilization is directly linked with green practices in the sense that it’s possible to minimize the items in your home. You may be piling up items that may not have any active part of your lives, but are kept for the sake of memorabilia or nostalgia. This can then be used constructively to save energy consumption in your residence.

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Photo By SolarShop Australia/Flickr

Green energy practices

One of the most important agendas on the green living list is the notion of green energy. While solar panels are still not within the reach of general population, it’s possible to consume less energy. On one hand, you would be reducing the load on the environment while on the other, your bills would go down. For example, you can live without having a long bath or occasionally washing your car.

Your appliances consume a lot of energy as well. It’s possible to replace all your bulbs with energy-efficient ones that provide better light and are affordable as well. It is also a viable strategy to consult your electricity provider and see if they have green packages on offer. This includes energy made from renewable sources.

The government is offering the energy companies tax benefits for making energy from renewable sources. They are also selling this for a cheaper rate, which you can check. Also, if it is within your economic reach, don’t hesitate to get a solar panel via your energy provider. While the initial cost may be on the higher side, the end results are way more favorable.

eco home
Photo By Andrew Zo/Flickr

Using green materials

Whatever you use in your daily routine has an impact on the environment that you may be ignoring. The paint that you use in your home may be made from toxic materials. The same case applies for cleaning agents. Plastic, consumed in a large amount, is non-biodegradable and a burden on the environment. It is possible for you to opt for bio-based solutions instead, which are not only available at cost-friendly prices, but are less damaging to the environment.

The way things have evolved, green living is no more a novelty. Green is the way to go, and it’s a necessity that is being backed with cost-effective solutions and products that can be used by most.

Rachel MatthewsRachel is a freelance writer and a self-taught home improvement enthusiast. She always tries to make every project as eco-friendly as possible, by using sites like to compare rates and types of energy. She likes to garden and hike trails in her free time when she's not blogging or building.

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