[Via: Angie’s List Window Replacement]
Concerned about pesticides? Don’t be so fast to point your finger at farmers. The average American homeowner uses 10 times more pesticides on an acre of lawn than a farmer uses on an acre of crops.
With that disturbing statistic in mind, we offer eight tips for creating an environmentally friendly home and yard.
First, you can use solar energy to power your home. Shop online for solar panels; you can buy do-it-yourself kits or buy them by the pallet. Once you get your solar panels installed, you can even sell your excess power to your local power company.
Second, you can save a substantial amount of water by collecting run-off rain in a barrel. One inch of rainfall on a 1,000-square-foot roof will yield about 600 gallons of water.
Another tip involves treating your windows with a low-emittance coating that will make them more energy efficient. You can also close cut off a draft by purchasing replacement windows that close any gaps.
You can also help save the environment by being careful with your painting jobs. Wash your paint brushes in the sink instead of the yard and dispose of your paint cans through hazardous waste collection.
Our final pair of tips involves your grass. Don’t spray pesticides when the weatherman is predicting rain and don’t let your grass clippings wash into sewer drains.
Working together, we can protect our environment while saving money on our homes. Talk about being green!