Getting started living green

With the population of our planet only increasing, being “green” is not a fad, it’s here to stay and I believe it’s important for everyone to do at least a little bit towards living “green”.

My journey began when I made the decision to cloth diaper. I am inspired by women like my mother in law, she is an adamant recycler and compost user.

The idea behind being green is finding ways to produce less waste and thereby reducing your carbon footprint. The kicker with this is that you’ll often times find yourself saving money as well.

As an interior designer, one of my favorite things is recommending money saving products to my clients. That high efficiency washer you paid a little more for will end up saving you in water bills in the long run. The energy efficient appliances you purchase will do the same for your electricity bill. Replacing your old toilet, upgrading your water heater, or installing weatherproofing around your home are all great things to do. All of these have long term effects on how much you pay in utilities. Even starting small; installing aerating faucet adapters on your faucets is a simple step towards saving water.

Here is a list of “green” starting points:

Using natural household cleaners (behold the power of lemon juice!)

Eating organic

Reusable bags at the grocery store

Recycling

Composting

Limiting large appliance usage during peak hours

Cloth diapering

Using cloth napkins instead of paper

Buying local

Buying used (think thrift or Craigslist)

Glassware instead of Tupperware

Natural makeup products

Using public transportation (or walking!)

Weatherproofing

Aerating faucets

Solar panels

what are ways you live “green”?

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