Mommy's Favorite Things: 4 Simple Tips for a Greener Home

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

4 Simple Tips for a Greener Home

When you spend time to make your home greener, it’s not only better for the environment but it also usually saves you money too. Therefore, it’s got that feel-good factor and your pocketbook will thank you.
To help get you started, here are four tips on how to make your home that bit greener.

1.     Switch to Appliances That Are Energy Efficient

Older appliances were never that energy efficient. It’s only in the last few years that manufacturers have focused on producing appliances that qualify for the EnergyStar logo. EnergyStar signifies that the appliance is more energy efficient compared to other ones and helps shoppers to pick out appliances that won’t be wasteful with power.
Coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, their EnergyStar program aims to encourage homeowners to use less power. Power generation through not always climate-friendly methods can damage the environment, so the less we use of it, the better for everyone. Choosing an appliance that does a better job with its energy consumption is also easy to do with clear labeling of new appliances in the stores.

2.     Use Wooden Chopping Boards

Luxury wooden chopping boards are built to last. Unlike cheap plastic ones that look unsightly and too easily collect bacteria on them, wooden ones are easy to clean and provide many years of pleasurable use too.
When you invest in only the highest quality kitchenware, you have kitchen knives, cutting boards, plates, cutlery and cookware that last. This lowers the annual cost of ownership to much less than when purchasing unreliable, cheap alternatives that won’t serve you well. Also, wooden cutting boards, especially, are better for the environment as forests can be replanted, making them a renewable material, unlike plastic, which has to be manufactured.

3.     Unplug When Not in Use

With the lower energy usage of digital devices like laptops, smartphones, and tablets, we tend to forget that they consume power too. When they’re left on and plugged in all the time, they’re forever using power and recharging themselves. This is overly costly and not very green.
Turning off digital devices or letting them go into sleep mode reduces their power drain and limits how much recharging is required. They will still alert you when there’s an important message or notification. Make use of their energy-saving modes which turn off their screens to conserve power.
The same unplugging rule goes for other items in the home like hairdryers, radios, standing fans, the toaster that gets barely used in the kitchen, and so on.

4.     Stock Up the Refrigerator and Freezer

Most refrigerators and freezers, especially older ones, use a similar amount of energy whether they’re one-quarter full or totally full.
It is wasteful with energy to only keep the refrigerator or freezer partially full. Energy is still being expended to keep them at a constant lower temperature – even more so with the freezer – and this is wasteful.
If you don’t expect to keep a cooling system full then purchase a smaller one. It’ll use less energy when it’s filled to capacity versus a larger unit that’s half empty.
Along with being greener at home, it pays to practice the same concepts outside the home too. This means making a to-do list that’s longer so that less frequent errands are run. Look to shop at a smaller list of places to use less gasoline (or electricity if you have an electric car already) on the way around town too. This way, you’ll waste less time, use a reduced amount of energy, and not emit as many emissions into the atmosphere either.