Encouraging a greener lifestyle is incredibly important, especially with so much waste in the world. And although many people in 2013 are starting to cut back in whatever way they can, others are unfortunately more resistant to change.

Some people assume that they need to sacrifice certain comforts in the name of conservation, but that's not the case. Making subtle renovations can go a long way.

Windows

When it comes to going green, reducing overall energy consumption is an excellent first step. Not only does it cut back on emissions, it also lowers energy bills, thus saving a considerable amount of money each month. If energy bills are starting to prove detrimental to your income, greening your windows can reduce heating and cooling costs, not to mention better your health. 

  • By installing window film, you can prevent 99.9% of harmful UV radiation from entering their home.
  • Window film blocks 75% of the sun’s heat, thus lowering cooling costs by over 50%.
  • Window film also strengthens the structural integrity of your windows, which helps prevent unlawful entry from occurring.

Plumbing

The amount of water people use on a daily basis is staggering; it’s even more staggering to know how much is wasted. For an average person, 95% of the water they consume daily goes right down the drain. Whether it’s from brushing your teeth, flushing the toilet, or showering, a vast majority of the water in your home is immediately wasted. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen this percentage.

  • Installing low-flow toilets, showerheads and taps are easy to install and pay for themselves almost immediately after purchase.
  • Advising people to take shorter showers, run faucets less and to be mindful of overall water usage are all excellent ways to save money on water bills.
  • Reiterate to all of the people living in the house that the less water they use, the more energy they’ll save.

Cleaning

Cleaning supplies such as Comet, Windex and many others are incredibly harmful for both the home environment and the environment at large. Although they may seem necessary, unbeknownst to many is how replaceable they are. By urging people to craft their own cleaning supplies at home with vinegar, baking soda and other natural substances, you can prevent hazardous chemicals from seeping into your life.

  • Vinegar can be used as a deodorizer, furniture polish and can even kill mold when paired with the right ingredients.
  • Baking soda works great as fabric softener and even better as a way to scrub away soap scum in bathtubs and showers.

As you can see, green home renovation doesn’t have to cause a headache. There are plenty of worthwhile options that can save homeowners money and protect the sanctity of their environment.

- Nicholas Haywood

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