There is one very good reason why you need to go green within your home, and that is to positively impact the planet.
You don’t need us to tell you this; unless you have been living under a globally warmed stone, you should have heard about the poor state of our planet already, and that is partly because of our eco-unfriendly habits. The world is in peril, not just for our generation, but for the many generations that come after us.
So, while saving the planet is incentive enough to go green within your home, there are other reasons that we think are worth drawing your attention to.
Reason #1: You will save money on your energy costs
Do you look forward to your energy bills arriving each month? We are assuming not, so to make savings, going green is the way to go. You can do this in small ways, such as committing to good habits at home, such as switching off your lights when you leave a room and unplugging unused appliances. And you can make significant changes to your home, such as replacing your old appliances with their low-cost Energy Star alternatives, and applying for these Free Boiler Grants to replace your heating system with something more cost and energy-efficient.
Reason #2: You will increase the value of your home
Making green changes to your home can be costly in the short-term, but in the long-term, the investments you make will pay off. As mentioned, you will see a reduction in your energy bills, and should you ever decide to sell your home, any green improvements you have made will also raise the value of your property. Solar panels, water-saving showers and toilets, loft insulations, and extra glazing on windows are all desirable features for today’s frugal and eco-conscious home buyers.
Reason #3: You are setting a good example to your children
We are already seeing the effects of global warming in this generation, but for your children, and for future generations of your family, the situation could get worse. However, you can make a positive difference, not only by making changes to your home and lifestyle but by role-modelling what you do to your children. They will pick up good habits by the green examples you create through your behaviour, although you can also explain the importance of going green to them if they are slow to understand.
Reason #4: You will create a safer home
With a green mindset, there are a number of ways you can create a safer home. For example, you might stop using those household cleaners that contain toxic chemicals (unsafe for both your family and the environment) and replace them with those that you have made yourself using natural ingredients. You could literally green up your home by growing plants indoors, as they can act as natural air filters, improving the quality of the air for your entire family. And you can set house rules on the use of deodorant and any other substance that leaks toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. A safer home equals a healthier family and a healthier world.
If you haven’t gone green within your home yet, we hope we have now given you cause to change your mind. For the benefit of the world, and for the benefit of your health, personally and financially, you should have all the incentive you need to make the relevant changes to your home and lifestyle. Let us know what you think, and please share any of your green ideas with us!