14 Ways to Green Your Home

This is the year to become environmentally responsible

By Jason Santerre

With Earth Day around the corner (April 22), take a stand and make the greenest footprint you can. Start at home. Set an example for everyone in your apartment building, condo complex, or your neighbourhood by adopting as many eco improvements as possible.

KITCHEN

  • Move your fridge to the shadows. It will work less at keeping contents cool.
  • Ensure proper airflow by keeping your fridge between 7.5 and 8 cm from the wall.
  • Vinegar is harsh on bacteria, germs and mould but gentle on the Earth.
  • You’re lucky to have a dishwasher. Be a good steward of suds: avoid pre-rinse, always run a full load, and air-dry dishes whenever possible.

LIVING ROOM

  • Unplug the television. Even when you’re not binge-watching Game of Thrones, it’s in standby mode and eating energy.
  • Bamboo, baby. It’s hardy, renewable, and modern as flooring, textiles and everything else you want to last as long as your home.
  • In winter, open the blinds to save on energy. Sunlight can cut your heating bill by 10 percent. In the summer, cut back on AC by keeping them closed.
  • Not that you need an excuse to party, but invite friends on cold winter nights. One person can generate the same amount of warmth as a 100- watt heater.

BEDROOM

  • What’s a bedroom without a bed? Make it a healthy bed without synthetic chemicals and toxic materials.
  • Energy efficient windows keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • Like to enhance the mood with special fragrances? In lieu of synthetic, toxic sprays out of a can, opt for 100 percent essential oils.

BATHROOM

  • Flushing toilets account for over 30 percent of all your water use. Install a low-flow throne.
  • Do like dad did: Use a cup of warm water for your razor instead of relying on a running faucet.
  • Spider plants help purify the air. You’ll need two or three in there if you live with teenagers.

Sources:

Spring 2016, Vol 8 N°2

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