As we get further into spring, everything is getting a little bit greener!  It’s no wonder that April is the month selected to host Earth Day, which has been celebrated on April 22nd for 45 years now.  We can all take efforts towards being more environmentally conscious.  It doesn’t hurt that many of these green changes are also good for saving you some “green”.  Here are 10 green tips for your home you can use to help save the planet, and some dough!

  1. Turn off the lights
    Not in the room?  Turn off the lights.  If you’re likely to forget to turn off the lights set some timers to make sure they’re off when specific rooms aren’t occupied.
  2. Unplug Appliances that aren’t in use
    Many appliances can consume nearly as much energy when they’re off or in standby mode as when they are in use.  Do you really need your toaster or desktop plugged in 24-7?
  3. Always run a full load, at off peak times
    Make sure you have a full load of dishes in the dishwasher or clothes in the washer before running the machine.  Bonus points to those who hang their clothes to dry on warm days, or use a drying rack to save even more energy.
  4. Fix leaks
    Leaks aren’t always a drippy faucet (but fix that too). Plug holes, insulate and make sure that all windows and doors are properly sealed to see savings in energy and on your utilities bill.  When updating your window replace single-glazed windows with double-glazed for additional insulation.
  5. Use cloth cleaning products instead of disposable ones
    Damp cloths can clean a lot of surfaces just as well as disposable.  Looking for a convenient way to grab a cloth for spills and cleaning?  Consider buying (or making) your own set of cloth “unpaper” towels.
  6. Use non-toxic cleaners
    There are many recipes to use regular ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, or tea tree oil for your cleaning needs.  Other companies offer natural cleaning products to help you get some of your toughest cleaning jobs done with minimal environmental impact.
  7. Water your garden wisely
    If you water your garden early in the morning or in the evening, when it’s cooler out, the water will evaporate slower, which means you’ll need less.  You can also re-use gray water (from sinks, bathtubs or the washing machine) as long as you’re using biodegradable soaps.
  8. By reusable or upcycled products
    Hitting the thrift or vintage store for items to fill your closet or living room will save you cash and help the environment.  Regularly donate gently used items you no longer won’t so they don’t become a part of the landfill.
  9. Use locally produced building materials
    Items that are grown and produced next door use less energy getting into your home, particularly when compared to those shipped or flown from other countries or continents.  Same goes for hiring the contractor in your neighbourhood compared to the one two towns away.
  10. Look into alternative sources of energy
    This is really taking the extra step, but looking into solar panels, electric cars, Bullfrog Power or wind technology can bring your passion for conservation to the next level.