Ten days ago this site launches the first 2008 Virtual Science Fair. Today I’d like to discuss tips for making your home green. This information can be used to help your students develop their science project entry for the category “design a green building.”
There are a lot of ways that you can transform your home into a “green home.” To start with you can clear out the clutter in your home. Clutter and items in storage are not being utilized. To get the most from the materials contained in these items you will want to sort the items that you want to keep and the items that you can get rid of. Next you will want to divide the items that you want to get rid of into a recycle pile and a donate pile. The recycled items will allow the raw materials from your unused items to be melted down and re-manufactured into new products, and the donated items will be reused by people who need them.
Conserving energy is another strategy that you can use to turn your home into a green home. Start by evaluating how much energy your family uses. Then find ways to save energy. For example you can use energy efficient appliance, you can turn your heat down one or two degrees in the winter and up one or two degrees in the summer and you can use compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of the incandescent bulbs. Finally, you can add extra insulation to your home to seal up energy leaks.
As you can see there are several ways to conserve energy in your home. These strategies can also be used to generate ideas for renewable energy and ecology science projects which can be entered into our science fair contest.