Your garage serves not only as a safe place for your cars, but also as a storage area for hazardous chemicals and cleaners that you use in your house. But, does that mean that it cannot be eco-friendly?
There are many ways you can go green inside the garage. The key is to know which items are essential and which ones can be eliminated. In addition, knowing how and what to store can help you reduce clutter.
So, here are a few tips on how you can make your garage eco-friendly:
- Use and store low-VOC paint. Fortunately, there are paints that are low in VOCs so you can be assured that they are greener and safer for the environment. Paint your garage with a low VOC paint as well. If you have extra paint that you need to store, you will know that it is less hazardous to the environment than other paints, which will also make your garage safer as well.
- Recycle. It is one of the best things you can do to become greener. Recycle certain items you may have in your garage, such as old newspapers, cans, and bottles instead of throwing them away. For non-recyclables, dispose of them safely and properly, so you can keep your garage clean and clutter-free.
- Collect rainwater for your garage use. There are certain functionalities that you perform inside your garage, such as washing your car, doing handyman jobs, storing away items, doing laundry, and even washing your pets or potting your plants. When you do these things try to make use of water that would otherwise be wasted. It helps with water conservation, as well as your water bill.
- Make use of energy-efficient lights. Install light bulbs that are energy-savers, so you conserve as much energy as possible when you’re lighting the area.
- Throw away toxic chemicals and start using natural cleaners. There are eco-friendly alternatives to artificial cleaners that you can find in stores these days. To make your garage greener, throw away deadly chemicals and use natural cleaners instead.