Composting

Available resources are made use of in an eco-friendly home.  Recycle food scraps – making compost means we save money and reduce the amount of waste that is normally thrown away.  Composting is an excellent way to live green.

Find a shady area within the garden.  A compost heap is between one and five cubic metres wide – so it’s large enough to generate enough heat to break down the materials.

A layer of material such as twigs is required to begun with.  Grass cuttings and leaves are then added, and soil is thrown on top.  Manure is added when preferred, and more layers are added in this order until the compost heap is approximately 1 metre high.

Vegetable peels, fruit peels, seeds and cores, shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, lawn cuttings, straw, paper and shredded cardboard are used for composting.…

Eco-living is Healthy, Really

In modern times, we are indoors for most of the day, including the time spent in our cars.  And there’s no guarantee that the air we breathe is clean.

Dust, dust mites, fungi, bacteria and viruses are some of the more common air pollutants.  Contagious illnesses and allergies are made worse by polluted air.

In a green home, the growth of mould and fungi is minimised.  Radiant heating doesn’t produce the same kind of humidity as conventional heating systems.  And as radiant heating is made up of a network of water pipes laid over the insulated floor, there is no extra equipment to collect dust within the home.

With traditional homes, chemicals that evaporate at room temperature are based in the materials. …

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose

These are 4 R’s to help one live greener.

Recycle:  Paper, tins, magazines, glass and other items, when dropped off at recycling sites, is a contribution towards preserving the natural environment.  The more we recycle, the less natural resources we use up to create more products.

Reuse:  Reusing items such as plastic bags means less waste that needs to be gotten rid of.  Tons of waste usually ends up in the ocean.

Reduce:  E-versions of most reading materials are available today.  This means less paper taking up space in our homes.  Also avoid using disposable products.

Reducing electricity needs and water usage are also ways to follow this third ‘R’.

Repurpose:  This means reusing old items instead of throwing them out. …

Bamboo Counter-tops and Stair Case Treads, Renewable & Environmentally Friendly

Bamboo is a resource that is quickly renewable.  And when bamboo is used for counter-tops and staircase treads, the home is given a warm look.

Chopping down trees is a big contributor to global warming.  Bamboo is an alternative to tree wood because it grows incredibly quickly.

Also, bamboo doesn’t generate as much oxygen as large trees.  And bamboo is easily cut down, without the need for a lot of machinery and excavation.

Bamboo is such an eco-friendly product that you can happily place it all over your home.  In the kitchen, use solid bamboo counter-tops instead of melamine or granite tops, which are not environmentally friendly.

The surface of the internal stairs is another place where bamboo can be used – the staircases thus have a modern and finished look.…

Renewable Resources

Here are some renewable resources that are used –

Bamboo:  This material is sustainable and an alternative to wood.  It has a lower impact on the environment but lasts just as long.  Bamboo is used for flooring and counter tops, amongst other uses.

Rainwater:  A green home requires a sustainable water supply.  The cheapest rainwater harvesting methods are actually the most efficient, but the advice of an expert is recommended when installing such a system.  A vendor with an excellent reputation provides us with the best rainwater harvesting system.

Solar energy:  We’ll need to consider our needs carefully.  Photo-voltaic solar panels are the most obvious method for reducing reliance on the grid – we’ll need to ask ourselves how much energy is needed for all our appliances. …

Saving Natural Resources, Water & Electricity

If we’re willing to invest in green technology, we can save substantially when it comes to using natural resources.  It depends on how far we want to go with it and how much we’re willing to spend.

Small changes can make a difference.  For example, we can install a timer on our geyser so that it can be set to switch off automatically during peak periods.

When solar panels are used, our home can run on solar energy during the day.  Batteries can be used to store solar power for the night.

Another investment in green living would be to use rainwater for cleaning, and for watering our gardens.  Rainwater is completely free and can be harvested in large quantities.…

Low Maintenance, Indigenous Garden

Many indigenous plants will adapt in their local surroundings and do well in most parts of the country.  In South Africa, many of the indigenous plants need very little water to survive.  This means that we enjoy a cool, lush garden with little effort on our part.  If we choose evergreen trees, our garden is green, even in winter.

A well-planned garden requires less effort in the long term.  Local plants are more resistant to local pests.  And well-positioned plants give our home shade during the heat of summer.

When it comes to lawn, areas within the garden that don’t receive enough sunlight may wither.  Minimal use of grass is recommended, and will thrive when laid down where it will do well all year round.…

Low Maintenance, Eco-friendly Materials

Examples of low maintenance, eco-friendly materials are:

  • Bamboo countertops
  • Aluminum 
  • Stainless steel
  • Face brick and naturally coloured roof tiles

Imagine a home that requires minimum attention.  Materials that stand up to wear and tear, and which are easily cleaned are the best to look out for.  Along with helping to preserve the environment, making use of such material will leave us with more time and less costs.

And when it comes to eco-awareness, there is no time like the present.  As fresh water supplies are being depleted;  greenhouse gas emissions and pollution are on the rise, what was once a bountiful Earth is now struggling.  These are constructive steps into our future.…

9 Eco-friendly ways to keep warm this winter

Unless you’re a swallow, following the sun to avoid a chilly winter just isn’t possible for most of us. But you don’t have to dread the long, cold nights if you follow the simple tips in this article. Not only will your home be cosier, you’ll be saving money and saving the planet.

Most of our methods for combating the icy blasts of winter involve using electricity. And that’s why we expect to see a spike in our yearly electrical bill between June and August. But with the increasing costs of this source of energy, it makes sense to look for more affordable alternatives. You don’t have to deprive yourself of warmth and comfort—just be smarter about the way you use it.…

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