How to Go Green at Home with Minimal Start Up Costs
In the current age of global consciousness more and more homeowners are looking for ways to go green around their home. However, many options such as solar panels or wind energy seem out of the question due to astronomical start up costs or initial investments. This article will provide you with a few tips on how you can go green at your home and at the same time keep your startup capital as low as possible.
The first thing that you can do to be more environmentally friendly around your home is the obvious, recycle and reuse. Plastic bags from grocery shopping can be used multiple times for storage of items, including food. With the proper slip knot you can seal up food just about as tight as you could do with a zip lock bag. These are also great liners for smaller trash cans, such as in your bathroom or home office. Many other items can also be reused with a little creativity; try using tops from juice cans as coasters instead of buying plastic coasters for your upcoming party.
The second area where you can go green around your house with minimal start up costs is to go with the do-it-yourselfer approach to solar power. Whereas specialized contractors will charge you thousands of dollars for solar panel installation you can purchase kits, or books online which show you how to make solar panels from scratch. The investment here is very low and with a combination of tax credits, energy savings and the fact that Federal law requires your utility company to buy back any surplus green power that you generate your small upfront cost can actually turn into a measure that not only helps to save the environment but also saves or even makes you money in the long run.
You should also be wary of power consumption. Let your thermostat go a few degrees warmer in the summer and few degrees cooler in the winter. Turn off lights when you leave a room and try hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry. Not only will these measures save you a sizeable chunk of change but they will also reduce the amount of fossil fuels that need to be burned at the power plant at your expense. If we all do a little it would surely add up very quickly.
Hopefully these of simple tips help to illustrate just how simple it really is to start turning your home into a green zone and do part to help save our environment while actually saving you cash, rather than breaking the bank to go green. Remember to use your creativity and you’re sure to go far.