Quick Tips for Going Green

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Going green is not just a fad–it’s an important element in our fight to save and preserve our planet for the future. The front line in the battle to save the environment is your home, where even tiny daily changes can make a huge difference. Whether you’re swapping out your toilet for a low-flow model or completely down-sizing your life and living small, eco-friendly is always a good choice.

Why We’re Asking:

New ways to go green are popping up all the time. From the latest technologies to trends like shopping local or living small, the options are endless. That’s why we’re turning to our experts to identify the biggest going green trends for 2013, and find out which strategies are best.

So tell us, experts:

How can homeowners live green in 2013?

What are the biggest green trends you’ve noticed so far?
How can homeowners incorporate concepts like living small into their everyday lives?
What green strategies make the biggest difference for the smallest price?
Do you see any upcoming green trends on the horizon?

We all share this planet, so it is important to preserve it by adopting green lifestyles. Help homeowners make the most of going green!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!

6 COMMENTS

  1. We actually just did a blog post about how homeowners can go green inside and outside your home! The important tips we shared with our readers are these:

    -Change your light bulbs: Using energy saving light bulbs reduces your electricity use and also lowers your bill, which will save you money. There are a variety of wattages, brightness, etc. to fit the preferences of any household. Compact fluorescent light bulbs can last 8-10 times longer than incandescent, use about 75% less energy, and produce 90% less heat while delivering more light per Watt. We still recommend you turn off your lights when you’re not home, though!

    -Collect Rainwater: ollecting and storing rainwater is an easy and beneficial way to water your lawn or plants, rinse your car or clean your patio. This is especially useful to have in case of a drought when hose water is limited. Collect the rainwater by placing bins around the outside of your house or by setting a bucket underneath your gutter, like in the picture below. We know this may not be the most attractive addition to your backyard, but if you check the forecast you can easily install these before a summer rainstorm.

    -Compost Piles: Making your own compost creates less garbage for landfills, produces your own soil for landscaping and gardening and is better for your yard than chemical fertilizers. There are many online resources about what can and cannot be included in your compost piles as well as different design ideas. An easy way to create one is with wire or there are compost bins you can purchase.

    -Managing the Thermostat: Keeping a consistent temperature in your home is an additional way to save on your electric bill. We suggest setting your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer, or only deviate by two degrees. In the winter, leave it off or set it at 68. The “Nest” is a new and efficient way to manage your thermostat. This device allows you to control and adjust the temperature of your house from your smart phone. You can turn on your AC on your way home from work without having it run all day; saving energy and saving you money on your electric bill!

  2. As most of you know by now, I have been at the forefront of the Green movement since day 1–my role in the first Earth Day was even covered in a National Geographic article by Mark Anderson. So I have been preaching preservation, conservation, restoration, living a balanced life, etc. for decades. I also coined the terms “vertical greening’ and ‘green freedom”.
    It all boils down to making living green part of your value system. The details of how you do that and to what degree are really less important than that you really decide that being a good steward of the Earth is important to you.
    And like a broken record I keep giving the tip that will save you the most energy for the least investment–put up a clothesline and use it when weather and time permit.
    Do not think you have to go all out and live like a pioneer to do some good. Every little bit helps. Each drop of water and each watt of energy that you conserve is helpful.
    Best wishes,
    Pablo Solomon
    Artist & Designer

    • I agree with Pablo, small steps with a change of attitude. Decide and then options that will work for your family will be clear. What works for me may not work well for you. Use less, walk more and grow some vegetables!

  3. The best way to be green is move over from a regular water heater to a electric tankless water heater. Water Heaters waste lots of unused energy . The reason for electronic simple style is that the ROI is very important in keeping the green while going green and although the gas tankless heaters are good as well. The ROI is going to be a good idea that we can find common ground for. Less impact on the earth and your wallet.

  4. Recycling paper and plastic,led lights more inefficient use of heating energy. Collection of rainwater actually has been going on for over 40 years or more. Can use this for domestic purposes only

  5. Avoid the word “trend” when thinking about sustainability would be my first suggestion. The second is to what you can with what you can. Big word, big definition but all big steps begin small.

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