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Making your home greener: Part 1


Making your home more green can help you save money and become more environmentally conscious. By making some adjustments to your house, you can find ways to make your residence more eco-friendly.

Different rooms in your house have the potential of contributing varying amounts of waste and costing more money. By conducting an environmental inspection of your home, you can evaluate each area of your residence. You may find that certain areas of your home may be more hazardous.

Improving your kitchen's energy efficiency
You cook, entertain and clean in your kitchen all the time - it is an integral part of your life. Unfortunately, there is also a substantial amount of waste that may occur in this space. However, that gives you a great deal of opportunity to make changes and help cut your energy bill down by implementing changes in this particular area of your home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency noted that dishwashers may actually be more efficient than hand washing your dishes. If you do not have a dishwasher, consider investing in an energy-efficient option. A dishwasher engineered to save water can help you cut down on your water bill substantially.

Another way to help your kitchen become more green is by monitoring what you are throwing away. Your garbage may be filled with items that you can recycle or reuse in a more economic way. Do not throw away cardboard or paper products. Recycling cans and glass can even get you a little extra money if you bring them to a recycling center in some states.

In addition, you can use some of your garbage for a compost pile. This can save you money on fertilizers if you have a garden or outdoor landscaping. Use any food scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds or egg shells to enrich your soil. According to Earth Easy, composting has a number of benefits. By beginning a pile of your own, you can reduce landfill waste, help ward off plant disease in your garden and avoid using chemical fertilizers. You can also use most paper products and any yard clippings from outside.

Purchasing recycled materials 
If you are in the market for new countertops or flooring, consider purchasing material that is more environmentally friendly. Discuss options with a supplier. HGTV noted that there are a number of flooring choices available that can reduce your impact on the environment. You can choose from cork, reclaimed wood or even antique stone.