Being environmentally conscious is not only good for mother earth, it’s also great on our bodies and our wallets. By doing little things you can make a big difference. Here are some great home improvement tips and other ways to Go Green in your Kitchen and Bathroom.
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling
One of the first things on people list when they decide to remodel their kitchen or bathroom is a fresh coat of paint. The next time you decide to brighten things up with a new color on the walls choose a low or no-VOC paint. This helps fight against the harmful chemicals and gasses which are released into your home and the environment.
Fix that Drip
Is the faucet in your kitchen or bathroom drip, drip, dripping all night long? To many people, this is annoying but they tend to deal with it for way too long. That drip is costing you money and wasting tons of precious water over time. Call a plumber and get it fixed. If you can’t solve the drip right away, place a small bowl under it and prevent the water from going down the drain. You can then use it for other things around the house such as watering your plants.
Try to avoid or cut back on using so many harsh chemical cleaners. Instead try cleaning up using natural cleansers. Water, soap, vinegar, and baking soda are all great products to use for cleaning and they can even help remove tough stains from your kitchen countertops and floors.
We use tons of energy in our kitchens. If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodeling project, work some new appliances into your budget and remember that bigger isn’t always better. When shopping for appliances don’t just rely on the energy-efficiency ratings. You should also consider the size of the appliance. Do you really need the biggest refrigerator in the store? Try looking at a slightly smaller unit combined with a good energy-efficiency rating. You could also upgrade your dishwasher to a newer drawer-style unit that helps cut back on water usage for smaller loads.
Let more natural light into your kitchen and stop being a slave to electricity. When planning a kitchen remodeling project, think about adding in a skylight to brighten up the room. Sun light is natural and best of all, it’s free. If a skylight is out of your budget you can simply let more light in by choosing shades and curtains that do not block as much light.
Stop Wasting Water
Taking a freezing cold shower is probably not at the top of your fun list. Think about the last time you took a shower; how much water did you let go down the drain waiting for it to heat up? Was it a weeks worth of water in the dog bowl? How long would that water last if it is used for watering your plants? What else could it have been better used on? If you’re really into Going Green, take the extra second to place a bucket in the shower to collect the water rather than wasting it.
What are some of your favorite ways to help the environment and go green in your kitchen and bathroom? We would love to hear your ideas. Feel free to share your tips in the comments below.