SUSTAINABLE LIVING - How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
15th May 2020
Going green has absolutely no cons. Millions of people across the globe are going green and trying to practice environmentally-conscious habits. While it does require a few habit changes on our side, being eco-friendly contributes to the healing of our environment, prevents global warming, protects animal species and even saves you some money. If you also want to do your part in environmental conservation, here’s how you can start your new lifestyle at home.
Even though it might seem like a big investment, boosting your home's insulation is one of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly. Good insulation will decrease your energy consumption and make your home more comfortable. If your interior holds hot air well during the winter and cool air during the summer, it means you can lower your thermostat or even turn off air conditioning every once in a while. While your entire house needs to be well-insulated, pay special attention to your outside walls, roof and basement. Another way to improve insulation is to invest in double-glazed windows that will prevent energy loss and shower your home with natural light.
Reuse and recycle
While we can’t stop buying things, it’s a good idea to look for recycled products or reach for used items. Today, many things on the market are recycled, from toilet paper to yoga mats, you just need to check the label. On the other hand, try to hit flea markets and second-hand shops from time to time. There you can find a bunch of useful products and give them a new life in your home saving them from the landfill.
While not yet present everywhere, solar panels will be an essential feature of every home in the future, so you might want to get on this early. Solar panels can provide your household with clean and sustainable energy. If you equip your system with a quality SMA inverter, you can use your solar energy for all your needs and even improve the efficiency of your solar panels. With their long warranty, your investment will not only do a lot of good for the environment but also ensure your investment is protected for a long time. Going solar is a long-term investment (takes between 6 and 10 years to break even) but the benefits you’ll provide to our environment are priceless.
Watch out for water waste
Many people often forget about water waste when talking about sustainability, but it’s just as important as energy saving. Water is one of your most precious resources, so it needs to be taken seriously. Before you start replacing any fixtures, make sure to handle all leaks. Once they are removed, you can consider adding aerators to your faucets or even replace old fixtures with new, low-flow ones. Of course, combine these design changes with new water-saving habits.
Some of us take our beauty and relaxation very seriously, but not many of us consider the negative effects of our pampering to the environment. Well, next time you’re having a beauty product haul, make sure to check the labels more carefully. Many chemicals from the products we use can end up in the water and soil and cause havoc in the natural environment. Luckily, there are so many eco-friendly brands that don’t use chemicals in their formulas, only natural ingredients and fragrances.
Chemical cleaners might be practical and efficient, but they are very bad for the environment. When you use them in your home, you’re basically putting them into our water supply which will require extra water purification before making it safe again. However, in the majority of cases, you can skip these chemical cleaners and opt for a natural replacement. Vinegar, lemon and baking soda mixture can do wonders for your home.
Your kitchen scraps and greenery trimmings can be used in a much better way than chucking them in the bin. Create a composting pile and turn your garbage into treasure. The compost you create can be used to feed your garden, mixed with potting soil and spread over your lawn.
Grow your own food
If you really want to go green with your new habits, why not create a small edible garden in your backyard? With your compost, you can create amazing conditions for growing everything from broccoli and tomatoes to strawberries and raspberries. This will put organic food on your table and eliminate transport pollution.
It’s not hard being green. A few changes to your home and the way you take care of it can make a huge difference when it comes to protecting the environment and ensuring a clean and bright future for our kids.
Author Bio: My name is Lana Hawkins and I'm a stay-at-home mom by day and author by night. My passions are interior design and green living!
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