The Undeniable Benefits Of An Eco-Friendly Home
In today’s society, going green should no longer be an option.
This will be of no surprise to you, because on any given day, you are bound to see one news report or another, be that on the television or in your local newspaper, reminding you of the precarious position that our world is now in.
With reminders of the dangers of carbon emissions and warnings about our toxic waste dumps. We shouldn’t need any excuses not to think green in the way we live our lives.
To begin with, you can take steps at home to do your bit for the environment. But here’s the thing. Not only will you make a positive move towards helping the planet but, you will experience the benefits that an eco-friendly home can give you.
Consider the following, and if you haven’t gone green already, here are a few reasons you might want to!
#1: You Will Reduce Your Fuel Bills
The more electricity you use, the more damage you are doing to the environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, around 17% of the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere comes from people homes.
The more wasteful you are then, the bigger your carbon footprint. Use the EPA’s calculator to estimate the damage you may be doing.
To reduce your carbon footprint, take steps to form good habits. Turn lights off when you leave a room. Unplug your devices when they are not in use. Spend more time on activities away from your TV, laptop, and games console.
The less electricity you use, the greater your positive impact on the environment.
You should also find ways to insulate your home. The warmer your home is, the less need there will be to raise your thermostat. So, you might want to seal any gaps in doors and window frames so as to keep the cold air out.
If you have the budget allowing you to do so, you might use the services of firms such as Milgard Windows and Doors to install energy-efficient doors and windows around your property. You might want to insulate your loft and basement spaces too, as well as your pipes and radiators.
Not only will you protect the environment when taking these steps, but you will reduce your fuel bills too.
#2: You Will Increase the Value of Your Home
Are you thinking about selling your home soon? If so, you will be keen to raise your property value. That extra money comes in handy for the nicer things in life. Plus, it will also support you with the expense of your house move.
By making your home eco-friendly, you are automatically increasing the value of your home. Todays home-buyers are more inclined to buy a property that showcases green credentials.
Partly because of their awareness of environmental matters, and partly for the desire to save money!
There is much you can to boost your home’s eco-friendliness. You can install solar panels on your roof, replace your toilet and shower with water-saving alternatives, and make use of any of these eco-friendly smart home products.
You will be in a position to sell your home faster and at an increased price. Though even while you’re still living in your property, you will start to see the money-saving benefits too.
#3: You Will Have a Healthier Home
Rather than chemical cleaning products for your household chores, you might want to look at a few homemade alternatives. These DIY products provide you with better air to breathe.
No more toxic fumes.
You will save yourself a lot of money since you probably have these items at home already.
Going green is also about making sensible choices with the foods you eat. Instead of buying foods from the supermarket that may have been sprayed with potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides, consider buying organic food instead.
Keep in mind, they are a little more expensive than similar products. The good thing is you won’t be ingesting something that could potentially hurt you.
By eating organic produce, you are less at risk of certain types of cancers and heart disease. Of course, you could always save money by growing your own fruits and veggies.
If you have ever wanted to try your hand at gardening, let this be an incentive for you to do so.
Green cleaning and green eating are better for both you and the environment, so take the necessary steps to implement both into your home.
#4: You Will Raise Eco-Friendly Children
There is much you can do to teach your children about their responsibility to the world.
This begins at home.
Be sure to teach your kids about the importance of recycling. Encourage good habits, like turning off lights and unplugging devices. You can watch YouTube videos and read books with them to teach lessons about eco-responsibility.
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Be sure to set a good example too. Follow good habits at home yourself, as your children will learn from your positive actions. When they start behaving responsibly themselves, the world has the potential to be a safer place as a consequence.
They are our future.
If your home isn’t as eco-friendly as it should be, perhaps now is the time to turn things around.
With opportunities for reduced fuel bills, increased home value, better health, and more responsible children–what better time than now?
What other benefits of an eco-friendly home can you share?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.