Friday, March 18, 2011

How to Make your Hamilton NJ Home Greener

There are many ways to make your home and lifestyle greener without spending money.  Here are some suggestions.

1.  Buy in bulk.  It almost always costs less to buy staples like toilet paper and laundry soap in big sizes.  Also consider this buying habit for discretionary items, like individually packaged snacks in your child's lunch box, which you can buy in the 48-pack.

2.  Reuse.  Use dish towels or sponges instead of paper towels in the kitchen, rags for the garage instead of paper towels, water bottles and food containers you wash and use again, and the list goes on.  This may take a little thought on your part about your lifestyle, but they are easy and painless changes.

3.  Don't buy what you can make.  If you aren't handy with tools, or a sewing machine, you can at least make a green cleaner of white vinegar, baking soda, and borax.  Use old newspapers to clean the windows.  There are many ways you can save money around the home by not buying ready-made products.

4.  Make those repairs.  You'll be amazed how much you will save on your utility bills by recaulking windows, tightening doors, using weather stripping, replacing dirty air filters, etc.  These changes will cost only a few hours of your time.

If we all make some small changes in our lifestyles and buying habits, we can easily contribute not just to the greening of our homes but the planet as well.  Take a few minutes to think about what you and your family can do to make a difference.

Joe Giancarli, SA
Real Estate Advisor
Short Sale Specialist

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