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Guest Post: 5 Green Initiatives Every Home Can Take Up

Carbon-footprint reduction is on everyone’s radar, and reducing the footprint of your home has never been more important. Global warming is becoming more of a reality with each passing day. More options are available to help you green-up your home and provide healthier alternatives to the people and environments in your everyday life.

Here are a few green initiatives you can take to reduce your carbon footprint:

Start A Compost

The average family wastes 14 percent of their household food purchases, which quickly adds up to rotting food and waste at the landfill. Buy a compost bin and start composting your excess food. You will not only have quality fertilizer for your garden, but you will reduce waste from your home as well. Even many papers and some plastics can be composted.

Buy A Water Filter

A water-filtration system will cut down on the number of water bottles your home uses. Water bottles produce a huge amount of waste in landfills, and they virtually never break down or decompose. Water filtration for your home is the easiest way to have fresh water without the massive amount of waste of bottled water. You also save money this way.

Take Shorter Showers

Shortershowers use less water, and limiting them to 10 minutes in cool water is even better. Set a timer and suds up fast. A relaxing shower is nice on a rare occasion, but the amount of water and money you will save is even better.

Cook Less In The Summer

The less you use your appliances, the better off you and the environment can be. Eat cold foods that can be prepared without baking, frying or microwaving. Cut up watermelon as a snack instead of baking cookies. This green initiative will make your family healthier, and it will drastically reduce your carbon footprint.

Use Rain Barrels

Rain barrels may attract mosquitoes. If you use the water quickly enough, the mosquitoes will stay away and you will be using eco-friendly water. Rain barrels are excellent for watering your lawn and garden when there is no rain around. This is especially important in areas prone to drought.

Using these green methods are fairly easy to incorporate and cost very little. You will drastically reduce your carbon foot print, and you can even save money on your bills and lifestyle. Your family will feel good about these healthy environmentally conscious choices. Eco-friendly living is the new trend, but it is here to stay.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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