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Eco-friendly Items For Every Room in the House

Aside from recycling and reducing your food waste, you can also help the environment by installing the right appliances around your home. Not only do they save mother Earth, they actually save you real money! Here are some ideas for every room inside your house.

 

Your bedroom

As much as possible, avoid putting your own TV and stereo in the bedroom. Not only will this cut down on consumption, it will also mean more bonding time in the living room with other family members. If you do need appliances, choose used items with Energy Star certification. Use a power strip to plug in any appliance, and turn it off when not in use.

As for your digital clock, substitute it with a water clock. This type of clock, when filled with water, will use the water’s ions to create clean energy. Just replace the water every 12 hours and you have an eco-friendly alarm clock on your bedside!

 

Your bathroom

The first thing to consider fixing is a leak in the bathroom. Did you know that a leaky faucet will waste around 3 gallons of water every day, while a leaky toilet leaks 22 gallons? Fixing them today will help you save money, water and get rid of the annoying drip..drip..drip.. sound.

There are many products that conserve energy in the bathroom, and aside from low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets, a solar-powered tankless water heater is a good choice. Also remember, when replacing bathroom fixtures, look for the WaterSense label, a partnership program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  

 

Your kitchen

From refrigerators to dishwashers to home soda makers, there are many emerging eco-friendly appliances for the kitchen. Whirlpool and GE are just some of the brands that have gone the eco-friendly route. Energy Star refrigerators 

are 20 percent more energy efficient than the standard appliances. You can also switch to eco-friendly kitchen items such as bamboo cutting boards, and if possible, wash your dishes by hand. This will save both water and electricity.

 

Your living room

When planning to buy a new TV for your living room, make sure that it is Energy Star qualified. You can find HDTVs, flatscreen LCDs and plasma TVs that are friendly to the environment. Sony Bravia line and Vizio have a nice balance of price, performance, and eco-friendliness. 

Aside from TVs, your living room fireplace is another structure you can turn green. With bioethanol burners from EcoSmartFire, you can help protect mother Earth from further damage. Why? Bioethanol is made of biological products and its combustion results in heat, steam, and carbon dioxide; hence, a clean emission.

 

Your laundry room

Aside from buying Energy Star qualified washing machines, consider the size. A larger washer uses more energy and water to run. Skip the dryer, and hang your clothes outside to dry instead. And don’t forget to only do laundry when you have a full load of clothes. This will help you save a lot of energy and cash.

 

Your home office

The top three home office problems are paper consumption, energy wastage, and hazardous waste such as ink cartridges. To combat these, reuse materials as much as you can. Print documents using the back of used paper, save sticky flags and push-pins. As for energy waste, a good idea is to purchase a power bar and turn everything off when done. A laptop is also more energy-efficient than desktops. Hazardous waste should also be reduced, so it’s better to purchase rechargeable batteries and refillable toners.


For the outside of your home, consider solar panels on the roof, and barrels for rainwater.