A green home is one of the most useful answers to our planet’s rapidly deteriorating state.While it is sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly, a green home can greatly reduce your family’s contribution to the thickening ozone, as well as decrease your consumption of energy, water and natural resources.
Making your home “green” is typically not an easy task. However, you can make it that way by incorporating some changes into your home bit by bit. In this article, I’m going to show you some economical green home tips that you can integrate into your everyday home life.
Green Home Tips
1. Install water-efficient shower heads
One of the biggest contributions to our home water use is the act of showering. Most people shower everyday, but with less efficient shower heads, we may be consuming more water than what is necessary. Remember that water is one of the most vital components in our ecosystem, and wastage of water is definitely not going to do any good—not for the Earth, or for your utility bill.
Fortunately, water-efficient shower heads are now widely available to us. The great difference between an old-fashioned shower head and water-efficient one is that it is specifically designed to use less water, while providing you with the same pressure that will allow you to shower as normally.
Moreover, water-efficient shower heads reduce the amount of water that your heater has to heat up. The result? An even lesser use of energy.
This is a great way to lessen our water consumption, and greatly reduce the monthly utility bills! If you enjoy long showers, or belong to a family with a lot of members, installing a water-efficient shower head can make your home more energy-and-water-efficient. Check this article to adjust the perfect height for your shower.
2. Use a programmable thermostat
This is another great innovation that allows us to use less valuable energy to heat our homes. A programmable thermostat essentially functions to lessen our energy consumption by heating the house only at times when people are at home. It can also be programmed into a particular set of settings to fit the schedule of every family.
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat installed in your home yet, then do the Earth (and your bank account) a favor and upgrade to one now. It’s definitely one of the best ways to make your HVAC system more energy-efficient.
3. Build a compost pile
If you want to care more for the environment, then reducing your solid waste production is one way to do that.
Starting a compost pile can not only benefit your garden, but the garbage dumps as well. Reusing your biodegradables as fertilizer is a small but significant way to reduce the amount of solid waste that ends up in our dumps. So if you’re a green thumb or not, start a compost pile to make your home greener (literally!)
Note: You can also grab a garden folding saw and compost stray twigs, branches and bark!
Building your own compost pile is pretty easy to do. Simply get a variety of rich starter soils, dump any biodegradable in the pile (such as table scraps, non-edible portions of fruits and vegetables, old leaves, etc.) and wait until your compost has fully matured.
You can use the nutrient-packed compost for your garden beds. Give it a few months and you’ll see healthy growth thanks to your compost!
4. Eliminate disposables
One of the biggest enemies of the environment is disposable wares such as cutlery, plates, napkins, cups, bottles and much more! Thus, if you don’t absolutely need to use them, don’t!
There are lots of alternatives for the usual disposables. Perhaps use lightweight melawares for your next picnic, a reusable water bottle, or anything that can replace disposable plastic or paper—especially Styrofoam that takes years to decompose!
If your home has a stock of disposables in the cupboard, make this change now.
5. Change up your laundry methods
Like any appliance that uses electricity to generate heat, both a washing machine and dryer contribute far more to your carbon footprint than what is necessary. But because doing laundry is something we cannot eliminate from our weekly chores, we must find another way to make it less impactful on our environment.
One way to reduce your home carbon emissions is to hang them on a clothesline instead of tossing them in a conventional dryer. This is both a money-saving and energy-saving strategy, especially during the summer. Moreover, you can use a spinner beforehand to greatly reduce drying time, and a spinner won’t produce the same amount of carbon dioxide that a dry does.
Another good strategy is to reduce the number of loads that you would have to wash and dry, especially during the winter. If you can wear it again without going around stinky, then do so liberally.
Reducing your laundry loads in the winter (because you can’t hang them outside to air dry) will also cut out the unnecessary carbon emissions that you would otherwise produce when using the dryer.
6. Buy in bulk, bring your own bag!
Now, this is the easiest thing you can do to reduce your non-biodegradable solid waste. Buying food in bulk and bringing your own bag to the supermarket (or better yet, at the farmer’s market!) will contribute to the decrease in plastic usage around the world.
Unfortunately, not too many people adopt this practice and still use plastic and paper bags for their groceries. On the other hand, you can adopt this habit on your next shopping trip and even in just a little way, help reduce the trash that goes in the dumps.
Most importantly, you can also stop hoarding those plastic grocery bags in the kitchen cabinet!
Take the Green Steps
Making your home greener is an endeavor you have to take step-by-step. In this article, we’ve discussed some of the easiest ways you can reduce your impact on the environment, while still living as comfortably as possible. Remember, being vegan doesn’t only mean compassion for animals, it also means compassion for the environment!
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Author Bio: Hi! I’m Emma Clark from The Art of Home Renovations, an interior designer with one true passion: home improvement. With my experience and skill, I want to help you make your home into a revolutionary & magical work of art through easy, inexpensive and innovative ideas that you can DIY!