Living more environmentally-friendly may seem like a daunting task, but by taking small steps you can really make a difference in transforming your home. Going "green" means that your lifestyle will be better for the environment and will help to preserve the earth for many generations. Transforming your home into one that's more environmentally-friendly is a big step, but one that will have a positive impact on your life and the environment.

 

Switch to Natural Gas

Natural gas is an ideal solution if you're looking to go green. It's the cleanest fossil fuel and an efficient form of energy, composed mostly of methane. This type of gas contains fewer impurities and produces less pollution. The production of natural gas is also much cleaner and environmentally friendly. Be sure to check out services with your utility where local residents can take advantage of to help them save money on their utility bills. Every utility is different, but looking to the Canadian company Direct Energy Calgary can provide some useful examples about what kinds of programs to ask for. 

Splurge on Energy-Efficient Appliances

If you've been on the fence about whether or not you should upgrade your appliances, now is a great time if your budget allows for it. Switching to energy-efficient appliances not only saves you money in the long run but it will also increase the value of your home. If your HVAC system is over 10-years-old, it should be replaced as soon as possible because it accounts for approximately half the energy usage in your home. Switching to Energy Star systems can save you more than $100 a month on your energy bill each year. Other environmentally friendly appliance options you can consider upgrading are your washing machine and dryer, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

Replace Your Light Bulbs

Taking steps to go green in your home can be as simple as replacing your light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones. You don't even have to switch out every single light bulb in your home if you're unable to do so at the moment. Pick you’re the five most-used light bulbs in the home and replace them first, then you can do the other ones when you're able to. Some of the most popular options for energy-efficient lighting includes LED, CFLs, and halogen incandescent.

Use Less Plastic

At first glance, plastic seems to offer more convenience into the lives of many, but using plastic can actually result in many adverse health effects. Plastic can be used in everything from shoes to water bottles, but plastic is bad for the environment because it contains so many harmful chemicals such as BPA. Some easy steps you can take to cut plastic out of your life and your home include bringing your own cloth shopping bags to the store, avoid drinking beverages in plastic bottles, and eat more whole foods. There are many eco-friendly options you can use to replace your plastic products, including glass, stainless steel, and fabric lunch bags.

Switch to All-Natural Cleaning Products

Green cleaning is great because it's effective and good for the environment as well as your health. Natural products for cleaning won't leave harmful chemical residues that can be absorbed into your skin or your children's skin. Many non-natural cleaning products emit harmful chemicals into the air which you and your family end up breathing in. Natural products will improve the air quality in your home and can even reduce the risk of asthma.

Going green is a wonderful step that everyone should consider taking. You don't have to replace everything in your home all at once because that can be costly and a bit overwhelming. Make a to-do list of things you'd like to replace with more environmentally-friendly options and go from there. Any step you take towards bettering the earth will make a difference on the earth and your family. 

Article provided by Direct Energy Calgary.