Get your home green, says Harry

  • August 23, 2013

Harry the Hominid, Maropeng's spokeshominid, says its time we started working on getting our homes green.

"Our homes are by far one of the largest sources of excessive energy and resource consumption. But did you know that only a few small changes to your daily habits can result in large cost and resource savings?" he says.

Harry offers these five tips on how to green your home.

1. Reduce, reuse and recycle

Choose products with minimum packaging and take your own reusable shopping bags to the supermarket – you'll be surprised, this not only reduces the amount of plastic that ends up in the bin, but it saves you money too!

Before you throw something away, see if you can find another use for it or donate it to a charity. Items such as old blankets, clothes and shoes will find a good home with those less fortunate.

Create a compost heap in your backyard by using your food waste (fruit and vegetables) – after a few weeks Mother Nature, with the help of a few worms and decomposition, will turn it into great compost for your garden.

Separate your glass, tin, plastic and paper, and find out about collection agencies near your home.

2. Unplug your household appliances when not in use

Most of the time our household appliances such as TVs, DVD players, cellphone chargers, microwaves, washing machines and kettles are plugged in, but we aren't even using them. Did you know that they keep drawing power even if they aren't in use? Unplug and save energy.

3. Use natural cleaners

There are natural cleaners on the market that are plant-based and biodegradable, and usually don't cost much more than traditional cleaners. Alternatively, research natural cleaning recipes and make your own!

4. Stop wasting water

Did you know the average five-minute shower uses 95-190 litres of water? We also waste a lot of water simply by running water when we brush our teeth (if you brush twice a day). There are three easy fixes to cut water waste in the bathroom.

They are:

  • Install a low-flow shower head

  • Install a low-flow faucet aerator

  • Install a dual-flushing toilet, to save thousands of litres of water a year

5. Harvest rainwater

Looking for a free source of water, free of chlorine and other additives? Try rainwater!

Simply put a rain barrel out during a shower and enjoy the free water, that is great for watering the lawn with. If you have gutters, the best place for a rain barrel is at the bottom of a downspout.

"Let's work together to get our homes environmentally friendly," says Harry.

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