Here are some green house projects for 2022

Every day we try to make greener choices, like recycling, carpooling and using reusable water bottles. But there are more choices we could make in our own homes to be more sustainable – and save money along the way.

Mallory Micetich with Ask Angi recently shared her top tips for green home projects.

“One of the keys to sustainability when updating your home is to use what you already have. Repurposing and repurposing existing materials in your home can not only save the planet, but also save you money. ‘money,” Micetich said. “Before starting a new project, look around and assess what materials can be reused or recycled. For example, an old dresser in the bedroom can be transformed into a unique vintage bathroom sink base.

You can also update existing parts of your home for a new look without creating waste by reusing materials you already have. Instead of completely replacing your cabinets, try giving them a fresh coat of paint.

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If your fabric sofa is wearing out, first try deep cleaning it and unbolting the fabric. You’d be surprised how brand new your existing items can look when given a little TLC.

“Water conservation projects are another great starting point for making your home greener,” Micetich said. “Not only will you save water, but you could also reduce your bills at the same time. Many people assume that water conservation just means taking shorter showers and using fewer sprinklers outdoors, and while that helps, there are household projects, both indoors and outdoors, too. outdoors, which will have a lasting impact on your home’s water consumption. One thing I did at home was replace my shower head with a low flow model.

There are many projects to help conserve water in your home.

Outdoors, you can plant native, drought-tolerant plants that require less water, or adopt water-efficient lawn care practices, such as collecting rainwater to water your plants or improving your irrigation system.

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Indoors, consider upgrading to low-flow toilets and faucets, which reduce water flow by 30%. Also regularly check for leaks around your home, which can waste water and cause property damage. If you suspect a leak, call your plumber to assess the situation.

“Energy saving projects are another easy way to make your home greener. One way to save energy in your home is to improve your insulation,” Micetich said. “Up to 40% of a home’s heat loss comes from poor insulation, so this project can make a huge difference. If your home is poorly insulated, try adding more environmentally friendly products like wool or soy moss to your walls, roof, or windows.

Like water conservation projects, energy conservation projects help the environment and lower your monthly bills at the same time.

When you think of energy conservation, you can immediately think of big projects like adding solar panels to your roof. While this is a great project to take on if you have a larger budget, there are also more budget-friendly options.

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“A simple do-it-yourself project is replacing old lights and appliances with energy-efficient ones,” Micetich said. “Look for Energy Star-certified fixtures and opt for LED bulbs for all your lights. If you have a project in mind and are looking for ways to make it more eco-friendly, talk to a few pros in your area for their advice. Ask what steps they take to make their projects eco-friendly or ask them to use eco-friendly products whenever possible.

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