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Green Living Ideas for Your Kitchen, Dining Room and House Paint

Green Energy Scotland Limited founder Conor MacGuire shares some green tips in a guest blog for Solidwastemag.com

image001With our natural resources depleting at an alarming rate, it’s high time to step ahead of the Earth Day and the Environment Day celebrations, and adopt ‘green’ habits in day-to-day life. The best place to start with, is your home. Just learn some simple green living ideas and contribute to a big change!

Well, nowadays people are well- aware of the numerous environmental problems the world is going through, including ever-increasing pollution, ozone depletion and much more. But, what is important is to understand is that soon, something needs to be done. If not, with the passage of time, these issues will get severe. Now, the question arises ‘HOW?’ Authorities are putting forward their best efforts to curb these problems. But, is it their sole responsibility to face this threatening challenge? Definitely not. This needs collective efforts and you should  participate enthusiastically.

Why not begin with your home? Have a sneak peek at the ideas listed below, as they will surely help you to go green:

Green Living Ideas for Your Kitchen:

Undoubtedly, your kitchen is an important part of your home. Thus, it is best to start with it. Check some ideas here:

Green Appliances:

You cannot cook in your kitchen without proper appliances. Therefore, it is necessary to have efficient and green kitchen appliances. Whether it’s your refrigerator, microwave or any other appliance, make sure to invest in one that comes with the highest energy rating. They may cost a bit more, but they are good for your energy bills and the environment.

Green Cleaning Agents:

Do you know that detergents, washing liquids, bleaches, and even fabric softeners are harmful to the environment? Yes, all the cleaning agents you have been using so far are comprised of hazardous chemicals, which some people may be pouring down the drain. Thus, for the nature lovers, it is wise to consider more environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions. You can go for the traditional mixture of bicarbonate soda and water to carry out several cleaning tasks. Another you can try is white vinegar and laundry balls as a replacement for the detergents. Make sure to cut down the usage of bleaches, switching  to eco-friendly detergents with a minimum amount of phosphates, chlorine and other harmful chemicals.

Reducing Waste:

Reduction is surely one of the most cost-efficient and effective methods to make your kitchen green. Food and water wastage is a common problem in modern kitchens. Just install the low-flow taps into your kitchen and control the water wastage. Isn’t it simple? The second task, i.e. preventing food waste is a bit difficult. But, you can do it by cooking in small amounts or freezing things, when not in use. Also, compost bins can help you to convert the wasted food in compost for your kitchen garden.

Green Living Ideas for Your Dining Room:

From the kitchen, step towards your dining room. Read on for some green ideas here:

  • Eco-friendly furniture: The furniture forms a special part of your dining room. So, it is advisable to invest in sustainable furniture. While this will make your room environment friendly, on the other hand it offers a unique style statement to you home. Thus, a sustainable environmental future like a wooden furniture is perfect. You can go for the products crafted using recycled timber.
  • Lighting: Like any other part of your home, the dining space also needs proper lighting. The first thing you could do is ensure that sufficient natural light enters your room. It will make the room look brighter and spacious. The dining table can be placed near windows for better lighting. But, what about when the sun goes down? For night, you can use eco-friendly lights in your room. Nowadays these energy-efficient bulbs are available in a wide range of colours and light levels. You can make your room appealing and greener at the same time.

Green Living House Painting Ideas:

Whether you are constructing a new house or planning for remodelling, the first thing to cross your mind is likely the new paint colours for your walls. Why not turn this moment into a ‘greener’ process? All you need to do is select the eco-friendly paints. They are useful for you health, home and the environment. Say no to paints that give off fumes and are highly toxic!

Now you can start with a ‘green’ project for your home. Incorporating these ideas into your lifestyle will definitely bring better changes to your lifestyle and environment.

Conor MacGuire founded Green Energy Scotland Limited. He has been involved in the renewable and energy saving sector for a number of years, gaining valuable experience through working with some of the leading organizations in the carbon reduction, renewable and waste solution industries. He is an authorized green deal assessor and provides green deal assessment services.

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