You may not consider yourself a tree hugger but on occasion you do feel guilty enough to recycle a few water bottles. However, going green has never really been a priority for you.

But maybe you’ve recently reconsidered and want to do your part to help save the planet – or at least make it a better place. A great way to start is by being eco-friendly at home, and it’s easier – and cheaper – than you might have thought.

Besides adding solar paneling, sustainable wood flooring, and nontoxic paints, experts suggest simple changes in your everyday life can make your home a healthier, safer, and greener place.  

Today, even some home-builders build homes with an eco-friendly lifestyle in mind as any option for new homeowners in various cities around the country.

Not ready to move? If you plan on staying in your current home, you can make the change to living green now.

How to Begin

Some of these going green quick tips for improving the way you live at home could ultimately help your home sell faster when you do decide to sell. However, you don’t have to turn your entire home upside down in one day to make these green changes, just begin slowly.

Start by walking around the house, unplugging electronic appliances, including TVs, and computers that you don’t use daily. These items do consume energy even if they aren’t being utilized.


Try to use appliances wisely; wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Always clean the lint filter after every dryer load and air-dry clothes when/where weather permits to save energy. Keep your home warm (weather permitting) by allowing the sun to shine through by opening blinds, curtains and other window dressings.

Changing Light Bulbs

Use energy-efficient light bulbs in lamps, appliances and other items. Always turn off lights when you aren’t home or in rooms you don’t use to save energy. Install automatic timers for lights that could save energy.

Add Plants

Growing live plants at home serves as natural air filters, and there are plants that absorb harmful pollutants that come from carpets, furniture, and electronics. Maybe grow an edible garden including salad greens, veggies, and herbs. A garden can help reduce soil erosion and air pollution.  Choose a place that doesn’t use a lot of water and skip toxic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Instead use organic and earth-friendly garden products.

Save Water

Water is always an issue – especially in California – when it comes to sustainability. Don’t waste water by flushing tampons or flushable wipes down the toilet; they can block the sewage system. Place in the trash, and save flushing for when needed.

Clearly going green can be an easy, cost-effective lifestyle for you if you set your mind to it. All you have to do is be aware, diligent and determined; before you know it, you will be doing your part to help the planet.