Add Some Green to Your Home This Autumn
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to make my home more environmentally friendly. After finally ending a long-time love affair with my air conditioner this summer, I’ve been looking for new ways to keep the resolution going. Here are a few (relatively pain-free) ways you can join me in making your home a greener place this fall. Consider it a New Season’s Resolution:
- Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight that will heat your home. Likewise, close your curtains at night to keep all that sweet, sweet heat inside.
- Remove your window air conditioning units. I know, they’re a pain to install and remove, but putting your window unit away to hibernate for the fall and winter is a better alternative than seeing all that expensive heat escape through the cracks.
- Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. Naturally, when the temperature drops, we spend more time indoors. However, using an overabundance of chemical-filled cleaning products—while having all your windows closed—isn’t going to do your home’s air quality any favours.
- Your shower can account for 15% of your home’s total energy use. Invest in a low-flow shower head and faucet aerators to save water, and lower your energy bill.
- Put a curtain in front of your front and back doors (indoors, of course). Curtains keep the heat in, and provide endless opportunities for dramatic exits and entrances.
- Compost – place your organic yard waste in a compost bin instead of sending it off to the landfill.
- Ditch your gas-operated power tools. Hand-held tools, while undoubtedly more work for you, make the environment happy. They also give you a legitimate excuse to skip the gym.
Finally, if you’re busy fulfilling your other resolutions—or if you’ve already worked toward living in a more environmentally friendly way—consider volunteering your time on Wednesday, September 27th to help clean up Lost Bay Nature Reserve. You can find more information on the event by clicking here. Forget red, orange, and yellow—make green the colour of autumn this season.
Until next week,