Most people have started to recognize just how important it is to live a more eco-friendly existence. The impacts of climate change and pollution are becoming more obvious every year and many of the aspects of modern life aren’t as conducive to preserving the environment as they should be. As a result, many people are looking for ways in which they can make their homes more eco-friendly.
Living an eco-friendly lifestyle can be difficult because you might not know where to start. But if you haven’t started, here are some tips on how to make your home more environmentally friendly from the get go!
Changing slowly and simply is the best method, you are much more likely to find the changes that work for you and stick with them. Some of these changes might even help you to save a bit on your electricity bill in the long run.
Overall, anyone looking to transform their home into a more eco-friendly one should consider making these practical changes in order to do their part for the environment.
Reduce Waste by Cutting Down Single Use Plastic Use
One of the things that is currently wreaking havoc on the environment is the overuse and improper disposal of plastic based products. Plastic containers and the like all too easily end up in oceans and rivers, causing serious damage to wildlife and natural habitats the world round.
If your goal is to make your home more eco-friendly, consider starting with any single use plastic you have around the home. There are a number of alternatives to consider that can drastically reduce the amount of plastic that you use on a daily basis.
Making the switch from disposable containers to reusable food storage items, such as food huggers or glass jars can help reduce your environmental footprint. There are also bulk stores, such as a soap refill store that will allow you to use the same container for soap (and other detergents) repeatedly.
Refill shops refill your containers with liquid soaps, dishwashing liquids, laundry powders and bleaches etc., thus reducing waste plastic drastically while saving money by buying in larger quantities at a time.
By reducing the amount of single use plastic in your home, you can take a major step towards making your home more eco-friendly.
Change Out Your Light Bulbs
Another way in which modern life isn’t as environmentally friendly as it could be has to do with the average amount of energy usage that the average household goes through each month. Turning off appliances at the plug when they’re not being used, unplugging your phone once it’s charged and using a programable thermostat are all things you can do to reduce your energy consumption. However, changing your light bulbs can have the biggest impact on your energy use.
By changing out your light bulbs for the energy efficient kind, you can drastically reduce the amount of energy that your home uses on a regular basis. This step will have the added benefit of saving you some money on your monthly energy bill as well. So, you will be doing your part for the environment, but also giving your bank account a break as well.
Manage Your Water Usage
Water is another thing that tends to get overused without you even realizing it, so managing your water usage is a great place to start. There are some incredibly easy ways to get a handle on your water usage at home that won’t cost you a thing.
To get started make sure that there are no leaks in your home’s plumbing that are happening undetected. Leaks in your toilets and faucets can result in a great deal of wasted water throughout the course of the year. It might be a slightly annoying dripping tap but it can be fixed and is wasting water.
If you habitually leave your faucet running, for instance when rinsing plates or while you do your teeth, it is important to break the habit. Wasting water in this way can add up over time and even result in an unnecessarily high water bill.
Lastly, it is important that you get everyone in your home on board with your new water-saving initiative. If you are the only one in your home looking to make a difference in this way, the positive impact won’t be nearly as high as you want it to be. Have the conversation with everyone else in your home about how important it is to be proactive about saving water.
Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is an important goal to have. Thankfully, doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be a complicated or complex process with these simple steps.
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