There has been a lot of talk lately about homeowners and their obligations towards the environment. Even if you are not interested in conserving the planet, you can’t close your eyes to all the saving which you can make by going green.
Most eco-bloggers mention small changes such as using eco-friendly light bulbs or consuming less water. In this article, I wish to touch on bigger changes; changes that will render you completely independent from the local energy supplier allowing you to run your household without any interference.
Here are 4 things you need to change in order to help the planet!
- Using solar panels
There are certain areas of the world where not having solar panel is downright suicidal. This is an incredible opportunity to harness the power of the sun and use it to your advantage. Furthermore, opting for solar powered home is much better today than it was 10 years ago. Solar panels have become so cheap that you can consider installation costs as negligible. There are two main reasons why you should install them: they provide both electricity and heating. Most people do not know about the latter one but panels can give you hot water during the whole year.
- Rainwater tanks and rainwater barrels
Another cleaver solution is installing rainwater tanks and rainwater barrels. This solution is completely opposite from solar panels: it is something that should be primarily used in humid environments as it can completely replace your local water supplier. However, price of the water in your country is another factor to be considered. Barrels work in a simple manner – they should be positioned so that the gutter water can run into them. This water can be used for your car and garden. Rainwater tanks are a bit more complex allowing you to distribute water throughout your home with a rainwater tank pump and system of pipes.
- Recycle your waste
Today, recycling is a common concept in most of the countries of the world. You are probably recycling yourself. But, you can accomplish so much more with this concept besides simply throwing away your garbage. In fact, you are able to use that garbage for own purposes. As a homeowner you should definitely consider creating a recycle station. Although it has a limited use, it is a green solution which can also save you some money. Basically, all the organic waste within your household can be used to fertilize the plants. This includes the waste made in your kitchen (vegetable and fruit skin as well as egg shells) and the waste from your plants (branches, leaves etc.). All you have to do is get separate containers where you should store different types of waste based on the time needed to decompose. After decomposing, you can combine different matters and use them as a fertilizer for your garden.
- Using recycled materials
Construction and furniture companies use a lot of natural resources to make final products. I am not only talking about materials that are needed for the item but also all the materials that are used for processing. It is much better to use recycled resources when doing big construction or remodeling of your home. Now, I am not necessarily saying that you whole house should be made from recycled materials. But, some parts can definitely be.
These small changes can bring about a much bigger, a much more important change to our environment. With these small tricks we can turn away from traditional consumption mentality that brought us all these issues in the first place and opt for an eco-friendly world!
About the author: Nick Stoyanov is a copywriter and content strategist at ForPumps – Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.