Live Greener at Home
There are many ways we can live a more sustainable, or greener, life at home. These tips will help you save money and help save the environment!
- Use proper insulation and siding when renovating or building your home
- Buy energy star appliances, energy saving windows, electric thermostats and energy saving lightbulbs
- Decrease the temperature of your hot water boiler to 120°f. Increase if needed. With every 10°f decrease you can save 3-5% on your energy bill. Do not go below 120°f
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room
- Plant deciduous shade trees on the west side of your house to decrease cooling costs in the summer
- Visit TakeCHARGE NL for incentives to green your home!
- Recycle and compost
- Reduce kitchen waste by using bee’s wax wraps, glass food containers, silicone reusable food bags, cloth grocery bags, compostable garbage bags, bamboo paper towels and reusable coffee pods.
- Purchase food like cereal, pasta and rice from bulk bins and bring your own reusable container.
- Use shampoo, conditioners and soaps that are free of single use packaging.
- Use a reusable water bottle and stop buying bottled water.
- Bring your own thermos to the coffee shop.
- Eliminate garbage can liners around the house for cans that don’t typically have waste with much liquid. Empty these cans directly into a larger bag when taking out the garbage.
- Avoid buying single servings of things like yogurt, hummus, etc. Instead, buy bulk quantities and use reusable containers to take them on-the-go.
- Replace plastic straws with reusable versions made of metal or glass.
- Use low flow shower heads, faucet aerators and toilet dams in the home.
- Take shorter showers.
- Rain barrels to catch water for garden and lawn watering.
- Don’t leave the tap running while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Put a 1L plastic bottle in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. Fill it with water and some rocks to weigh it down. This can save an average household 15L or more of water per day!
- Keep an eye out for the smallest leaks and fix them immediately. Even a small drip can waste up to 75L of water each day!
- Only turn on the washing machine or dishwasher when they are full.
- Don’t run the hose when washing your car.
- Water your lawn during the cool parts of the day — early mornings or evenings.
- Plant bee gardens with pollinator plants.
- Make or buy a bat box to install on your property.
- Worm farms make a great solution to provide nutrients for your garden!
- Monitor and assess your pets’ impact on biodiversity. Some domestic animals such as cats are predators and devastate local populations of native species.
- Landscape using native trees and vegetation.
- Use natural products and methods for pest control. If using pesticides ensure that they have minimal residual effects, such as pyrethrins.
- Use environmentally friendly products. Dispose of hazardous materials safely. Chemicals that enter the sewer system can contaminate freshwater and ocean ecosystems.
- To limit erosion, leave native vegetation around shorelines or rivers alone. Don’t mow grass within 10 feet of a bank or area prone to erosion.
- Turn off outdoor lights that face the ocean during the night. Seabirds, such as petrels, use the stars to navigate and can become confused at the sight of artificial light.
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