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Tips for beginners to make eco-friendly home improvements

'Go Green' is the new mantra and homeowners across the world seem to have realized the significance of the same. If you are not a part of this bandwagon, it is high time that you consider going green.

Below are listed some tips that will help you make eco-friendly home improvements.

1. Converting garbage into gold
As a homeowner, you must be generating some garbage per week. This garbage is generally made up of food scraps and recyclable items. You must be throwing away the vegetable scraps, newspapers and soup cans, realizing little that these can be recycled. As a beginner who is looking forward to making eco-friendly home improvements, recycling of vegetable scraps, newspapers and soup cans is the first step, you should consider.

Encourage the practice of establishing a compost bin in your backyard. Dump all your garbage in this compost pit and you will have some useful nutrient-rich soil that can be used for beautification of your garden.

2. Eco-friendly windows
Making the home eco-friendly is a multi-step process and after you establish a compost bin in your backyard, the attention should be focused on making the windows eco-friendly. To ensure the same, the windows need to be sealed and insulated. This is essentially done to ensure that no hot or cool air leaks in and out.

In addition, you can switch to an eco-friendly window system in which special glasses are used. This will help you cut on energy costs as natural light will creep in and will help you restrict electricity usage.

3. Pull out the plug
Every household has old items that have not been used or are being used occasionally. These may be toasters, television, lamps, and stereos. Some of these consume more electricity than the normal level that a new appliance uses.

This collectively leads to an increase in electricity consumption that goes against the ethos of going green. Discard the usage of old appliances that consume more electricity and instead switch to eco-friendly appliances that use less electricity Switching to Compact fluorescent lamps bulbs and tubes could be the first step in this regard and will help your home turn eco-friendly.

4. Reduce waste in your kitchen
Food wastage needs to be avoided if you wish to embark on the journey of making your home eco-friendly in the true sense. The less you purchase, the more you contribute in terms of energy saving. If cooking vegetables, using vegetable scraps for a vegetable stock can be a worthy idea.

Use leftovers for preparing meals, if possible. This will help your kitchen turn into an eco-friendly unit. Use separate bins for organic and inorganic waste. All the leftovers after a hefty dinner should be disposed of in the organic waste bin. This will help you dispose of the waste with minimal effort in the compost bin that has been prepared in the backyard.

Try the above-listed tips and realize the dream of making your home eco-friendly.

About The Author: Slava Volman is a writer/blogger. She loves writing traveling and reading books.


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