Tips to Make Your New Home Eco Friendly
More and more people today are becoming eco conscious. Over the years there have been numerous reports about the toxic nature of common household materials and living practices. Moving is the ideal opportunity to make your house greener and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are a few tips to help:
Low flow toilets and shower heads can make a huge difference in the amount of water used. A relatively short shower of 7 minutes duration uses over 65 litres of water. An older toilet uses over 18 litres of water per single flush. This is reduced to 6 litres with the newer, low flow models.
Your heating system is another place to be more eco conscious. With a programmable thermostat you can set the temperature lower during the hours you are work and warmer when you’re at home. It is astonishing how much money you can save and reduce energy consumption.
Energy Efficient LED Lightbulbs
This is one of the easiest ways to reduce electrical costs. Similarly, family members should be encouraged to turn lights off in rooms that are not being used.
Turning off Computers
Don’t just shut your computer down or put it to sleep. Instead consider shutting down the power bar or unplugging the computer from the electrical outlet.
Use Zero VOC Paint
Most people who move into a new home decide to paint one or more rooms to their own taste. Most of the major paint companies have a zero VOC paint line.
Double Glazed Windows
If you want to make improvements to your new home, consider replacing old windows with the newer double- glazed windows to save on heating costs.
If the house you purchased requires renovations, consider putting solar panels in to take advantage of natural sunlight and save on hydro costs.
It is a well- known fact that carpeting is often made with toxic materials; consider removing carpet and replacing it with hardwood flooring. If you are going to do this consider using more sustainable materials like bamboo flooring.
Many older homes do not have adequate insulation. The old fibre glass insulation is less efficient than today’s cellulose insulation material. Updating the insulation will save you on heating costs.
Natural Cleaning Products
Many of us have a cupboard full of cleaning products that contain toxic chemicals. Instead, seek out natural products that are easily available through numerous manufacturers and stores. Or, make your own. Baking soda and vinegar make great cleaning products.
If you are embarking on renovations or other major projects to make your home more eco friendly, Premiere Van Lines can help by storing some of your furnishings that need to be moved out. Contact us for your moving or storage needs at 1-877-671-6683.