Monday, September 23, 2013

Starting to Green Our New House

When I started this blog I mentioned how when I had a house of my own I would work on making it a greener home.  Using less resources seems rather important as humanity continues to grow in numbers.  We have over 7 billion people on this plant and unless there is a terrible plague or a giant meteor takes us out we will continue to grow with the same limited resources as always.  Every time we work on using less we help to relieve the burden we are placing on the planet.  It's the choices we regular everyday people make ever day that will help solve our problems.

Since the best place to start is in your own home that is where I"m starting too.  There was this cool feature in our home and one I hadn't considered but now want in all the bathrooms:  

Its a timer for the exhaust fan.  Think of how often you flip this thing on and forget to flip it back off.  I know it happens all to often in our house.  Exhausts fans are great for getting rid of stinky smells or all the humidity from your shower but they also suck out your air conditioning and heating.  Having a time is a great way to make sure you only use it as long as its needed and no worries about forgetting to turn it off!

Our first personal upgrade was going to be the insulation in the attic.  It needs to be thicker for maximum benefits but the hubby is still trying to figure out the best way to get it all done.  In the mean time the toilet in our bathroom had developed a leak at the bottom and needed replacing anyway (it was rather worn out).  So we got this one:  

two stage flush

As you can see it has two buttons on top.  The smaller one is for number 1 and the larger one is for number 2.  A great design to help save water and one we will be placing in all our bathrooms when the time comes!


Sandee said...

It's expensive to go green too. I wonder who's getting rich off it. There's got to be someone. We do need to take care of our resources though.

Have a terrific day. :)

April Sargent said...

It can be expensive Sandee but if your careful, do your research and take it one step at a time it can be manageable and hopefully save money in the long run. I know the new low flush toilet will lower our water and sewage bill :D