6 Steps Towards An Eco-Friendly Home
Let’s be real, there are few issues more critical than the environment right now. If you’ve watched the news, you will have seen the hopes of improving problems that impact the state of the world are ramping up.
Of course, though, it can be hard to figure out where you fit into all of this.
You might think that you can’t make a difference at home, and some will think that you are already doing everything you can.
In reality, there is a lot you can do to make your home better for the planet.
A home should always be comfortable. That means that the temperature plays a large role.
Most homes use gas or other fossil fuels to keep the house warm. The thing is, this uses a lot of resources to handle a relatively simple job.
Plus, if you have a problem with air escaping from your home, it can draw the cold air from outside.
Which is no good.
To fix this, you need to find a local insulation contractor. They will be able to stop the heat from escaping your home.
On top of that, they can make it easier to get the place up to the right temperature faster.
2. Power Usage
Using too much power is something that most of us are guilty of. A good practice to develop is simply turning things off when you’re done using them.
Install energy-saving lights, and use smart meters that will show you exactly what you’re using.
Check your bills to see what you may be overusing. This is especially useful if you don’t have access to smart meters.
You can cut your usage when you make a conscious effort to do so. It’s worth putting time into learning what can be done from home.
3. Power Sources
Renewable energy is going to be one of the most crucial factors as humanity solves the problems the world has.
Not everyone can afford wind, solar, or hydro power for their home.
Several energy providers only use renewable sources. By going with one of them, you can ensure that all of the power you use is green.
Even when it’s coming from the national grid.
4. Water Usage
Water is one of the few resources people rarely think about when they are talking about climate change and environmental damage.
The alarming part is that there is a finite amount of it on the planet. Industrial processes, pollution, and home use are all burning through this supply.
Reducing the amount of water you use can be hard. Thankfully, eco-flushes, low-flow showers, and a range of other products can help.
They will dramatically reduce the amount of water you use.
5. Recycling at Home
A lot of work can be done from home. Food waste can be composted, plastic bottles can be reused, and paper and card can be compacted into building materials.
If you don’t want to recycle yourself, you could look at other companies that collect the waste which your government may not.
6. Using the Garden
If you have a garden at home, you have a tremendous resource that shouldn’t be wasted.
Having a garden full of plants will be one step closer to being carbon neutral. It’s worth learning about the plants you choose for your garden.
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Some will have a far smaller impact than others, and you will want to choose the ones which perform the best.
With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of making your home more eco-friendly.
If everyone were to make an effort like this, the world would start to change very quickly.
You never know, businesses and governments would have little choice but to follow suit.
Do you have any tips to help you towards and eco-friendly home?
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 partner and best friend 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.