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April 22, 2021, by: Fifth Avenue

5 Ways to Green Your Home

Happy Earth Day 2021! In honour of loving our planet, we wanted to give you 5 easy ways to green your home and your life.

Get a recycling bin and a compost bin

Make sure you go onto your cities website and get informed about what they take as recyclables and check to see what days your recycling pick up day is. As for the compost, most cities have compost programs that get picked up similar to your recycling. If not, you can sure use the compost as free fertilizer for your plants!

Speaking of plants… you can quite literally “green” your home

You can never have enough plants. Having plants in your home can help turn any CO2 in your home back into O2. This helps keep your air clean and your window sills looking fresh with leafy greens. Want to know how best to care for your plants? Check out our article: Bring Some Spring Indoors with 5 Easy Ways to Care For House Plants

Use Energy Star appliances

When you’re looking for new appliances, be sure to find ones that are Energy Star certified. Luckily, a lot of homes come with this option already integrated into the appliances that were chosen. Just like our project, Clayton Street!

Use reusable items

This is one of the easiest ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Now is the best time to make the switch to reusable items like water bottles, produce bags, straws and shopping bags. A lot of local grocery stores carry these items and in the long run – it’s going to save you a lot of money, and who wouldn’t want that!

Unplug anything that is not in use

This one seems obvious but is often overlooked! Unplugging any electronics or items that you aren’t currently using can be a big way to reduce your carbon footprint. It’s been known by doing this, you can save more than $200 extra dollars a year – along with saving the planet in an easy way.

Overall, looking at the aspects of your home and deciding which area to make changes is the first step to greening your home. Another tip, if you’re in the market for a new home is to look at cities that value the environment. For example, Surrey makes it a large priority to be as green of a city as they can and they are always advancing to be more sustainable. Due to the direction the world is heading in, many new homes are built with sustainability and the environment in mind! Love your home, love your planet.

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