An Eco-Friendly Home
Mother nature has been on our mind since Earth’s annual time to shine passed on Monday. It was a day to reflect on how you can contribute to making our earth beautiful. One simple solution- recycle at home! But making your house sustainable is much more than that. There are so many ways to contribute positively to our environment by breaking simple habits or investing in a reusable product you don’t typically purchase. Being sustainable is a universal approach that must be practiced consistently in your home each day. Check out ways you can show more love to our Earth by changing habits around the home.
Efficient Light Bulbs
Switch out your light bulbs with more efficient LED bulbs. Not only will it save you money in the long run, but it saves over 75% more energy than an incandescent bulb.
Clean your home using natural products that are not only better for your health, but better for the environment. One way to go all natural is to make your own cleaners each month using common household products.
Install a Smart Meter
Smart meters control your gas usage by turning the heat up and down throughout the day to fit your needs. It’s a convenient way to save money while ensuring your heat is on when you need it to be throughout the colder weather months.
Buy Recycled Products
From toothbrushes to home decor, many household items can be produced from recycled material. By purchasing smaller items like toothbrushes, you’re taking a step in the right direction to becoming more environmentally friendly.
Be Conscious of Airflow
Along with controlling your heat via smart meter, be conscious of the airflow in your home as the weather turns warm. It’s easy to open the windows without turning off the heat or air conditioner. Save your wallet and energy from mindlessly leaving the windows open.
Recycle & Compost
Perhaps one of the least popular but most effective trends in saving the environment is throwing your food scraps in a compost. By using a compost, you’re reducing pollution that would be emitted when your scraps hit the trash landfill. Recycling is another very common way to ensure you’re doing your part in reducing pollution.
Reducing energy usage is as simple as choosing the correct sized appliances for the food you’re cooking. By cooking without wasted space or energy, your home is on its way to becoming more eco-friendly.
Don’t Use Plastic Water Bottles
Plastic has become a controversial issue around the nation due to bans on straws as of recent. One way you can reduce your plastic usage is by ensuring you don’t buy plastic water bottles. Opt out of plastic and in for drinking water out of the faucet or fridge.
Be Water Conscious
Speaking of water- running water, no matter how much or how little, is a waste of energy. Showers, leaks, and running toilets are responsible for unnecessary water usage. You can avoid washing items that typically go into the dish washer before you put them in. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work.
Turn off the Lights
The simplest problem to fix, but one that ramps up energy usage is keeping the lights on. By turning the lights off when you leave a room or an area in the house, you are saving energy and helping the environment.
All of these tips and tricks help conserve energy and reduce overconsumption with little work involved. It’s as simple as being more aware of the energy you use and the pollutants you’re putting into the environment. Try out one or two of our tips and you’re on your way to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle at home.