Going green and eco-friendly is easier and cheaper than you think, and there’s no better place to start with than your home. Not only will you build a better environment for the future, your green initiatives will also save you money.
Here are some quick and easy ways to start:
1. Replace your water works
Standard and outdated plumbing and fixtures use an unnecessary amount of water, driving up your water bill. Consider changing your faucets, shower heads, toilets, and tubs for more efficient ones.
There are many Eco-friendly and water efficient features available. Consult a plumber for the right products for your home needs.
2. Swap your light bulbs
Besides switching off the electricity when you’re not using a room, you can swap incandescent bulbs for LED lights.
LED light bulbs give better, more natural and customizable lighting besides being energy-efficient. This will help you save both the environment and your wallet.
3. Go solar
Do install solar panels in your home. Malaysia’s tropical climate means you get steady sunlight for converting into electricity.
You can reliably power your lighting and water heating for everyday use while reducing your energy bill. Solar panels and their installation are getting more affordable, making them a viable option nowadays.
4. Reach For rainwater
Malaysia’s steady rain means you can harvest rainwater for your outdoor use, saving on your water bill and saving the environment as well.
Many modern houses in Malaysia are equipped with rainwater catchment systems, but you can use a large earthenware urn to collect water for outdoor use, from washing your car to watering your house plants. Just make sure to cover it to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
5. Paint naturally
Regular house paint is made with chemicals that give out volatile organic compounds (VOC). While generally safe, a buildup of these compounds can possibly be harmful to your health and the environment.
For your next home renovation project, consider choosing a paint that has zero-VOC or is VOC-free. This comes with a slightly higher price tag, but it’s a worthwhile price to pay for a healthier home and environment.
Most housing districts in Malaysia have their own recycling initiatives and incentives, from providing bins for recyclables to tax breaks on their electricity bill. Be more conscious of your waste generation and expenditure.
7. Use natural cleaners
Like paint, commercial cleaning products are also made with harsh and often harmful chemicals that can pollute the air and contaminate the environment.
When cleaning your home, opt for gentler, eco-friendly chemicals that do not contain harsh, polluting ingredients.
Also opt for green hygiene products that do not contain microbeads. Additionally, consider making your own home-made cleaners with natural chemicals such as white vinegar, lemon, and baking soda.
8. Go green
A great way to freshen up your home is to plant more greenery. Indoor potted plants are a great way to purify and freshen the air, so you don’t need to rely on chemical purifiers. Plus, they look great and are mood enhancers as well.
Want to go green but not sure where to start? A green-conscious interior designer can help you with that.
This article first appeared in kaodim.com
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