Stay green while improving your home

If you are looking to make home improvements but also want to help the environment then you are in luck. These days, there are a wide range of items for your home that are planet-friendly. Because of this, it has never been a better time to get on board. With so many options so readily available, you are going to be able to do your part. Prices are lower than ever as more products come out on a regular basis, so don’t worry about whether or not you can afford to make positive changes. There is something for every type of budget.

Recycle and Donate Unwanted Items

One of the best and easiest ways to go green is to recycle the things you no longer need. It can be a strange habit at first but in time, you will get used to it. The best thing you can do in the beginning is get familiarized with exactly what can and cannot be recycled. You can even choose to recycle things within your own home. Why not use that old container for something else instead of getting rid of it?

Maybe you have something that cannot be recycled but you definitely don’t want to keep it any longer; that’s where donation or selling comes into play. These days, it’s much easier than ever before to get the word out if you have something you want to get rid of. Sites such as Craig’s List or even Facebook can help you to get rid of those items you have no use for. Just because you don’t want them doesn’t mean there isn’t someone out there looking for the exact same thing.

Reach for Planet-Friendly Products

Another simple way you can help the environment and make your home more green is by reaching for products that are nicer on the environment. For example, if you are going to be purchasing a new television soon, make sure it is backed by ENERGY STAR. In order for a product to be backed by the company, they must release a minimum carbon footprint upon creation and use much lower amounts of energy in your home. There are so many neat features these days to help save you even more money on your bills. One of our personal favorites is the TVs that can detect when you have left the room, and shut themselves off. Then there are others that automatically dim when the room is darkened so you aren’t wasting the energy or straining your eyes. No more adjusting settings!

Turn Those Electronics Off!

Something every home should do if they aren’t already is turning things off such as the computer, the gaming console and the television when they are not in use. You’d be surprised by just how much energy is used to keep these things running. On top of that, if you have something that you aren’t going to use for a period of time, unplug it. Many items such as computers and power chords actually use energy even when off or not in use.

About the author: Home improvement and redesigning expert Kelly Clark is an avid blogger at Autex. Her blogs give tips and advice regarding various home improvements like ceiling insulation, etc.

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