Cultivate Theme

There are so many great things I'd love to do to make my home greener. For a variety of reasons, I haven't done them all yet, but they remain on my list and I hope to get to them eventually.

Here are 25 Green Ideas you might also consider:
  1. Composting - this is the next thing I'll do. A composter tumbler is a must for easy composting.
  2. Tubular skylights - I can think of at least 5 places I'd put one of these in my home. Seriously awesome idea.
  3. See if radiant barrier foil makes sense - we installed this in the Summer of 2008 and our house was noticeably more comfortable this past summer. We also get an annual tax credit for the enhancement.
  4. Solar landscape lighting - I bought a bunch of solar lights this past Spring for our front yard. While they are not as powerful as corded lights, they enhance the evening appearance of our home and provide critical path lighting.
  5. Explore solar roof panels.
  6. Consider a wind turbine - we live in a very windy part of the country. Right now, our city doesn't allow them, but I can hope!
  7. Install a programmable thermostat - we've got one and it's really useful Along those same lines, try to tolerate warmer in-home temps in the summer and colder temps in the winter. This saves energy and might even be better for our health.
  8. Collect rainwater from our roof in rain barrels and use it to water our lawn later. This might be our second project, after the composter.
  9. Bathe the kids together to save hot water. I've got two small boys so it works for now.
  10. When doing dishes, scrape pans and scrub dishes with the water faucet turned off, rather than letting it run.
  11. Grow organic fruits and vegetables in the backyard. It saves money, provides fresher produce, and reduces environmental impact.
  12. Install energy-efficient motion-sensor floodlights above your garage and in your backyard. They use less power (you don't leave them on for any longer than you need them) and they might scare off intruders.
  13. Use homemade non-toxic household cleaners. I've been doing this for a while and love it.
  14. As old light bulbs burn out, replace them with more energy efficient ones.
  15. Get rid of plastic food storage containers in the kitchen. Plastic leaches toxins into food. Replace plastic with stainless steel or Pyrex.
  16. Cook with cast iron, not non-stick pots and pans.
  17. Get rid of plastic in kids' meals. Use stainless steel whenever possible. Need ideas? Click here and here.
  18. Maintain the lawn and garden organically to keep kids, pets, wildlife and beneficial insects safe.
  19. Have a bug problem? Deal with it organically. Don't want to make your own solutions? Here's an online guide to organic products you can buy.
  20. Recycle when you can.
  21. Sell or give away things you don't want - post them on or craigslist, or give them to Goodwill.
  22. Avoid some of those dry cleaning chemicals by learning how to wash dry-clean-only clothes. Better yet, vow to buy fewer dry-clean-only clothes.
  23. Drink tap water rather than bottled water, but make sure your tap water is healthy. If it is not what you would like it to be or you worry about it, consider installing water filtration.
  24. Use less paper. Remove yourself from mailing lists - click here to do that.
  25. Don't just clean the home - keep it tidy and organized. This facilitates figuring out what can be discarded (see #21) and using possessions more efficiently (thereby avoiding unnecessary purchases). Green living and good organization go hand-in-hand.

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Comment by Rachel Amo- GreenBeans Rewards on November 11, 2009 at 2:25pm
Awesome tips!


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