Going Beyond A Greener Home
Getting a greener home goes beyond the simple idea of ‘just a green landscape. When you are really ready to go green, there are numerous ways you can make changes to your home to save money.
In addition to just saving money, you can also make an important impact on the environment in a very ‘green way’. In a way which will be very worthwhile and easy to do, weather you believe that or not.
For starters, there are ways to reduce your consumption of energy created for the most part by fossil fuels. Fuels that are adding to global warming.
When you take a closer look as to how your home operates, an energy audit will define just how many areas of daily life you may easily change so as to save some energy and resources and also save you some money in the long run by lowering a utility bill or two.
Let’s Go Outside For A Greener Home
You can go beyond the most noticeable things such as adjusting thermostats and putting in more efficient light bulbs.
Good green landscaping is important when you are building an energy and money saving home.
How about planting a garden or adding some trees.
The U.S. Department of Environmental Protection says that planting trees can cut a home’s air conditioning and heating cost by approximately 25%.
Trees can shade the house during the summer and also produce some edibles if you choose some fruit and nut varieties. They will be dropping their leaves for winter and will not shade the sun when you can stand to use that energy.
If you have space, consider them.
Also, consider an old-fashioned vegetable garden. Get your hands in the dirt. Instead of high maintenance greenery such as lawns, mark off some square footage in a sunny spot of the yard for a vegetable garden.
Not only are you saving money on the high cost of fresh produce, you will be eliminating some of those processed foods from your diet, will get a little exercise, and eliminate some of those packaging materials manufacturers use for them. Less in the landfill.
You should consider the way plants use water. There is no such thing as a drought-free area. Lack of rainfall happens from time to time no matter where you live and our natural resource of water is more important than those fancy exotics you plant.
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And water is not getting any cheaper.
You should be considering plants that will require the least amount of water and maintenance such as fertilizer to not only survive but will also be pleasing to your eye.
Go to your local nursery or big box store and take a look around. Most plants have care labels on them to help you make an educated selection.
If you still have questions, go seek out your local cooperative extension service. Most municipalities have some kind of botanical garden with trained staff who will point you in the right direction to native plant types.
You could also Google “native plants ‘your area'”
A Greener Lawn Is Not A Greener Home
Yes I know, you love that ‘perfect lawn’ you worked so hard to come by and all the neighbors have one also.
However, that beautiful green lawn you own is one of the most inefficient plants you can have on your property. The green lawn is the opposite of what this post is trying to convince you of – ‘A Greener Home’.
There is nothing on your property that will use more water, more fertilizer, weed chemicals, and weekly maintenance.
A lawn is dependent on all those things.
No one is preaching a concrete front covered yard. Consider native plants in the ground cover category such as ivy or liriope.
If you want a lawn, consider some well planned smaller areas with some efficient in ground, timer regulated irrigation to help save on the watering.
Also, while we are talking about efficient watering, consider some rainwater catchment systems. And while that term might sound like a rather high tech approach, it may be nothing more than a barrel under the gutter leader rather than a splash block that just creates wasted runoff.
If you do want to look into the high tech reasons, measure the size of your roof and multiply it by the average yearly rainfall per inch in the area to find out how much rainfall you can gain. Once you have calculated this, you will be pleasantly surprised by with how much water you can feed your garden without ever having to turn that tap on.
And do not forget adding in some home composting to reduce the chemicals that are getting into the groundwater.
Follow these landscaping tips and you will not only help your wallet, you will also do your part in helping the environment.
A Greener Home For You And Your Family
Here are 5 steps to take for a greener home for you and your family.
It doesn’t matter what we believe who we are or where we live the Earth is our collective home our point of connection and our shared responsibility. Taking care of our planet has never felt more urgent this means we all have a role to play both as.…read on…….