Go Green Houston: How To Go Green With Your Houston Home

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With all the attention that global warming is receiving these days, people are looking to make the world a better and safer place to live.

There are many ways to cut back on the harmful emissions, reduce waste and save energy – benefiting both the environment and their pocketbook!

WATER USAGE

Reducing the amount of water you use is a terrific way to “go green” in Houston.

By simply replacing your old showerhead with one that has a lower flow and is energy efficient, a family of four can save 280 gallons of water a month!

A misconception with these showerheads is that they will reduce the amount of water pressure in the shower but that is not true. You will not only enjoy your shower just as much as you used to but you will enjoy it more knowing that you are doing good for the planet, and saving on your water bill!

LAWN AND GARDENS

It only makes sense that buying greenery and placing it inside and outside your home will promote “going green.”

A large number of wildflowers are native to the Houston, Texas area (such as Albino Paintbrush, Beebalm, Magnolia, Spanish Daggers, Agaves, Daisys and many more!) They are easy to plant, easy to maintain and beautify your home.

In addition, by placing some of this greenery inside the home it will help to remove irritants such as formaldehyde and benzene.

Buy planting flowers and plants in your garden that are native toHouston in your outdoor landscaping, you will be helping the environment by not using so much fertilizer or pesticides.

Besides planting Texas-native plants, there are other ways to “go green” with your landscaping as well.

LANDSCAPING

Placing solar powered lights in the patio or garden area will provide a fabulous way of displaying your landscaping.  In addition, it will also help cut the energy costs.

When tending to your lawn and garden, opt for a lawn mower with a reel, instead of a power mower.

These are much easier to use than they once were and they will also save on energy. If you really do prefer power mowers, there are many battery-operated models available that will also help preserve energy and save the earth.

ELECTRICITY

Reducing the amount of electricity used within the home is another great way to “go green” in Houston.

There are a number of compact fluorescent light bulbs that are more effective than regular light bulbs.

These light bulbs will last ten times longer, saving you some money on the electricity bill as well as protecting the earth’s energy.

Using a laptop rather than a personal computer will also help cut the amount of energy used as they consume significantly less power.

Freezer and refrigerator temperatures should also be adjusted to minimize energy output.

A refrigerator temperature should be set to 37 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer temperature no lower than zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Eliminating paper waste is another step in making Houston a “greener” city.

When printing something off a computer, make sure that the printer is set to print on both sides of the page and when you mistakenly print something, flip the paper around and use the other side to print your next document.

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