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All around us, we see posters, signage, advertisements, and other blatant admonition for us to start thinking and going green. Today, more than ever, various government and non-government entities are encouraging us to start taking care of the environment. They tell us to do it not only for ourselves but for our children, too. With the rate the destruction of the environment is going, it’s only right for people to double their efforts in salvaging and preserving what’s left of it.
Nevertheless, you don’t have to be part of an institution or a group of green advocates just to go green. You can do it in your own little way, even at home.
Of course, you need to understand that once you commit yourself to it, there is no turning back. It’s a very important decision that would require your undivided dedication. Apart from that, you need to be armed with the right knowledge to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. You also need to set aside a budget if you truly want to go green at home.
Some of the ways you can go green at home is through recycling and upcycling. Of the two, the latter is easier to do at home since it merely involves turning one useless object into another useful object while the former often involves a chemical process.
Another way you can go green is by using dimmers for your lights. With a dimmer, you can easily control the brightness of your light fixtures. We all know that these permanent light fixtures consume a certain amount of electricity in order to produce light. It’s safe to assume that the higher the wattage of the bulbs and the fixtures hardware, the more energy it consumes. With a dimmer switch, you can control the amount of electricity that these light fixtures use.
While on the subject of light fixtures, it might also be a good idea to use LED lights and lights with the Energy Star seal. That way, you can be sure that these lights do not generate much heat, which could do severe damage to the atmosphere once released.
Check your household appliances and see if any of these were produced during the early 2000s or beyond. If there are, it might be a good idea to discard of these or use these sparingly since these aren’t as energy efficient as newer appliances.
Finally, you might want to consider setting up your own solar panels as another means to conserve energy. While this is an expensive option, using solar power you generated on your own can cut down your consumption by half. Hence, even if you shelled out a big amount of money to set it up, in the end, you would be able to save more and get back the amount of money you invested on the solar panels to make your house a highly efficient green energy home.