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Going Green: Six Tips for Your Home

When it comes to your home, you want to ensure that it is serving you and your family in the best way possible. And while it is important that your home should work for you, there are some things that you can do to help your home work better for the environment. These don’t have to be large investments, although some can be. But, rather, simple ways that you can incorporate a greener way of life in your home and for the future. Here are a few tips to helps your home shine a brighter shade of green.

Get rid of plastic

While many of us have already replaced our plastic grocery bags for reusable options, it is important to ensure you keep these stored somewhere convenient, so they don’t get forgotten during grocery outings. Consider using metal containers for storing and transporting food in place of plastic bags and wax paper is an excellent alternative to plastic wrap.

Consider smart appliances

It likely isn't feasible to purchase brand new appliances for every room in your home, technology has made going green a simple and more affordable process. With a variety of gadgets from smart appliances, thermostats and motion sensors that turn lights on and off, you have many cost-effective options to help your home become more environmentally friendly.

Paint wisely

If you are ready to tackle that painting project, make sure you choose the right paint. It’s best to go for low or zero VOC paint in order to improve the air quality in your home. While the smell of paint can be pleasing, that aroma is caused by volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted into the air and can lead to health problems.

Reuse and Recycle

To make recycling easier, create a designated space for all recyclable items. By making it easier to access, you and your family are more likely to put applicable materials into the recycling bin instead of the trash can. When you can, reuse items or repurpose them. If you can’t bring new life to items, such as furniture, consider donating to others.

Use available resources

To reduce items that go into the landfill, The City of St. Albert makes sorting organics easy and efficient. Use the services available by implementing your green and black bins correctly. For full information on what items go where, visit the City of St. Albert.

Update your lighting

A large amount of our home energy bill goes toward lighting. An inexpensive and simple way to reduce your bill and help your contribution to the environment is to replace all your bulbs with LED light bulbs. Because these new bulbs last much longer, fewer end up in the landfill. With a variety of options, you are sure to find one that fits your needs and your style.

When it comes to reducing your environmental footprint, every step helps. By incorporating small changes in your home, you can make a large impact.

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