This post was originally published on June 4, 2013. It has been updated for accuracy and freshness.
Going green this summer is a great way of exercising creativity and preserving the environment.
Remember, living green provides parents with the opportunity of handing down responsibilities to the coming generation. Children will be more aware earlier in their lives. This ensures the future of the planet is in safe hands.
Here are five creative green updates for your home this summer.
1. Unplug Appliances
Most people are unaware that chargers, laptops and other electronic devices use power even when switched off. As long as the appliance is still plugged in, current is constantly flowing.
To reduce excess consumption of electricity this summer, ensure that all appliances are unplugged when not in use. Apart from saving money, you’ll also be prolonging the life of your appliances by preventing power surge risks.
2. Preserve Water
Dehydration occurs frequently during the hot season. A glass of water is the solution for keeping the body adequately hydrated. However, avoid wasting water. Make sure that there are no taps which are left on after use.
Fix all leakages as well. Any leftover water should not be poured away. It should be put to other use like watering of plants for instance.
3. Check the Air Conditioner
An AC that is working properly saves energy. Contact a professional to help you determine whether or not your system is working effectively. Look for visible signs and awkward sounds coming from the A/C Systems before the technician arrives.
In addition, you should try to use your air conditioner as little as possible. Use fans, open windows, or hang out in the basement when possible.
4. Get Indoor Plants
Living plants are the best when it comes to purifying the air. A couple of vases spread around the house will reduce air pollution substantially. Another benefit is that you’ll be able to add life to your home by using several species and colors of plants.
Ensure that the plants receive sufficient water and sunlight daily. Plants are the perfect way to spruce up your home with some greenery and improve the air quality.
5. Line Dry Laundry
Hanging laundry to dry will reduce your power bills drastically. Give the drier a rest this summer and line dry laundry as an alternative. Wash the clothes using the machines and then take them outside. The hot summer weather will make sure that they’re perfectly dry in a matter of hours. Create some space in the backyard for this purpose.
Implement these tips even after the summer season to enjoy a happier life that is helping protect the environment.
MORE ON THESE TOPICS: