Even with falling fuel prices, people are still looking for ways to have a greener home. What started as a way to reduce energy consumption and conserve resources has turned into a lifestyle that reduces, re-uses, recycles, and saves money at the same time. People looking to have a greener home could take some advice from Grandma.
Grandma Was a Mean, Green, and Clean
Grandma kept things clean. She did it without the use of wipes, sanitizers, and a cabinet full of cleansers. For a greener home, keep it clean and keep it simple. You don’t need to go to the creek and beat your clothes on a rock (Grandma really did that as much as Grandpa walked uphill both directions to school), just turn to green and natural cleansers and then make sure you use them. Any spill, stain, or dirt is easier to clean the quicker you get to it.
Borax, baking soda, and vinegar were Grandma’s staple cleaners. Not only are these effective, they aren’t loaded with toxic chemicals. They will remove soil, stains, and disinfect and deodorize. Speaking of disinfecting, soap and water will kill germs. Use soap and water to wash your hands. Just take your time and wash thoroughly, like Grandma is going to be checking them!
Grandma Didn’t Waste
Grandma was probably a child of the Depression and learned to never use more than you need and never, ever waste anything.
Capture rainwater in a simple barrel or container to water your plants. Compost food scraps and coffee grounds and use in the garden. Never cool the entire house when you are only using a few rooms.
Grandma finds the concept of ducted air conditioning and heating amazing and wasteful. She would be amazed with the ease at which a single unit could provide comfortable air to every room in the house and then she would scold you for wasting the energy and money to cool and heat rooms you aren’t using. Don’t waste cool air, warm air, or energy.
Ductless Systems Loved by Grandma and Green Homes
People are taking a lesson from Grandma and turning to ductless cooling and heating systems. They are being installed as an addition to existing systems and in small applications, instead of ducted systems.