10 Steps to a Green Home/Lifestyle
Many of us not only in the USA but Globally are experiencing a growing interest in “going green.”
While looking for your best place to relocate or retire to in North Carolina or South Carolina, it seems the perfect time to ensure where you choose will support you in creating and maintaining not only a green home but also a green lifestyle.
The purpose of this article is to offer you 10 simple and easy steps you can begin taking now to achieve not merely a green home but also a green lifestyle… oh, and save money in the process.
Here are 10 simple and easy steps for achieving a Green lifestyle in no particular order:
- Recycle and reuse: Get in the habit of recycling and buying goods made from recycled materials.
- Get an energy audit and find out how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Look into alternative energy sources for your home. Solar panels, utilities promoting wind power or anything that might lower your overall carbon footprint. For South Carolina, look at the SC energy office website for suggestions. (www.energy.sc.gov/)
- Turn it off: If you’re not using something, turn it off. Pretty simple.
- Change your lights: Compact fluorescent bulbs save energy and money.
- Get out of the car: Spend less time driving and more time walking, running or riding a bike. Look for a community that helps you get around without a car.
- Watch what you eat: Try eating less meat and more local fruits and vegetables; local farmers will thank you, fewer energy resources are consumed and it’s healthier.
- Use less water, especially hot water: Switch to low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads and remember you use a lot of energy to heat that hot water.
- Green building/renovation: Take a look what you can do to improve the structural energy efficiency of your home, especially state programs to encourage energy efficient building/renovations.
- Plant something: A tree or garden, anything green.
- Update your appliances: Replace old appliances with newer energy efficient models.
- Borrow: Instead of running out to buy think about sharing or borrowing . It’s less expensive and great for making friends.
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