There's not a lot of green in Red Deer during this wintry time of the year but that hasn't stopped many of our residents from making New Year resolutions that seek to create a greener home in the 365 days ahead. Among the assortment of fitness, financial, and "travel more" resolutions maintaining a more eco-friendly lifestyle in the household is easier to stick to, more so than you may think. As Red Deer Realtors that provide useful advice and tips for the house and home we figured a great way to start the New Year here on our blog is to provide our readers with some helpful tips to creating a greener household.
5 Tips to a Greener Household
1. Make Your Own Green Cleaners
At first we were going to suggest that you buy only environmentally friendly household cleaners from now on (which is still a good idea) but we thought we take it one step further by recommending that you learn how to, and start to, make your very own green cleaning solutions. While we could dedicate an entire article to this process (and we intend to when spring cleaning season rolls around in a few months) this article from Good Housekeeping will point you in the right direction for the time being, with some great DIY recipes using items you likely already have around the home and kitchen.
2. Lower Your Hot Water Heater Temperature (when applicable)
How often do you take a scolding hot bath or shower? Our guess is never. You won't be pushing your threshold for pain in the near future so there is no need to push the limits (and energy consumption) of your home's hot water heater. Turn the temperature down a notch and you won't skip a beat while still protecting the environment from within the comforts of your abode.
3. Water Household Plants (and more!) w/Rain Water and Snow Melt
Prepare to get downright medieval this year by collecting water from outside and using it within the home. In the fall/winter you can catch snow and in the spring/summer you can catch rain water by strategically placing a bucket on your patio (etc...) and when full (enough) bring it on in to water household plants, wash your car, and any other creative way you can imagine. No need to drain water (energy consumption) from the faucet when Mother Nature provides accordingly.
4. Replace Paper with Cloth Wherever Possible
Forget cleaning (when using homemade solutions of course) with paper towels. Instead repurpose your old clothes and linens for household cleaning. You'll find that they leave less residue on windows and countertops so in addition to being green it also equals being more clean.
5. Repurpose Jars and Containers
We're not just referring to store bought "canning" jars used during the harvest (that's a given) we talking about any old jar/container that you end up with after consuming the foodstuff within. Of course peanut butter labels (and the like) don't look all the appealing so simply peel the labels off and repurpose jars for storing anything from small knick knacks (tacks, nails, screws, loose buttons, pens, coins, marbles, etc...) to bulk foods (grains, spices, nuts, etc...).
We hope you enjoyed this article and are able to put it to good use. Check back on our blog frequently for other ideas on how to maintain a green household. For all other inquiries regarding real estate in Red Deer please feel free to contact Benedict Devlin anytime.