Ways Households Can Become Greener

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Composting organic waste is another excellent way to make your household greener. Compost containers of all sizes and shapes exist, accommodating whatever indoor and outdoor spaces you might have. By composting you will reduce how much garbage you send to the local landfill and you will reduce or even eliminate your own need for commercial fertilizer. Compost is of course one hundred percent organic, meaning anything you grow with it will be chemical-free as long as you donít use pesticides or other chemicals on the plants. There are also transparent compost bins that allow children to see how compost breaks down day to day, making composting at home an educational process as well.

Keeping your house properly insulated also helps you live greener. All of the doors and windows should have weather stripping around them so air from outside does not seep into the house. If you feel drafts around the doors or windows you need to investigate the cause. Sometimes people do not seal off all of the gaps or cracks around doors and windows before installing trim in a house, so you might need to carefully remove the trim and spray expanding insulation into any existing gaps to cut off the flow of outdoor air into your house. You can also install quality insulation in your houseís walls and attic to keep the cold air inside during the summer and the hot air inside during the winter, reducing your need to run your air conditioning or furnace. Remember that the higher the insulationís R value the better job it does at insulating your house.

If you really want to make an impact on how you consume utilities like electricity and natural gas in your house, look into using alternative energy sources like solar power and geothermal energy. Solar power involves using rooftop-mounted solar panels to capture the sunís rays and converting it into electricity without producing any harmful pollutants or altering an entire biosphere by building a large dam to produce electricity. Geothermal energy provides a way to heat your home using the Earthís natural heat from the ground. You can have a certified contractor assess what kind of geothermal energy solution would be best for your home and install the necessary equipment. Both solar power and geothermal energy can pay for themselves in the long run by eliminating your householdís need for electricity and natural gas from local utility companies.

Laura Ginn is keen to do what she can to help the environment including monitoring how she heats and lights her home and is keen to undergo the green deal assessment offered by websites such as uSwitch.com so she knows that she is doing her part in making the world a better place to be.

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