Responsible Homeowner: How to Create a More Sustainable Home
Being more eco-conscious not only will help you do your part towards sustainability but it can also save you money. Here are seven easy ways to make your home a more eco-friendly place.
Mindful Water Use
A truly eco-friendly home means you need to also save water as well as electricity. First, fix any plumbing leaks. Don’t keep the tap running while you shave or brush your teeth. Also, consider installing a low-flow shower-head; they can save a family of four up to 42,260 gallons of water a year.
Maintain Your Cooling and Heating Systems
An inefficient air conditioner or furnace can burn up a lot more energy than you realize. Make sure to keep the filters clean, and change them when necessary. For more complex maintenance, a yearly appointment with a reputable AC repair company is a wise investment towards sustainability.
Switch to LED Light Bulbs
Not only do energy-efficient LED bulbs use less electricity and last longer, but they’re also less likely to trigger eye strain or a headache than fluorescent bulbs.
Use Organic and Natural Cleaning Products
Harmful cleaning chemicals are not only bad for the environment, but they’re also bad for your health. When you wash them down the drain you’re simply flushing them into the environment and water supply. For most ordinary cleaning, natural and organic products made from vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid and bicarbonate of soda can be used effectively.
Buy Recycled Products
It’s a good thing to purchase recycled products whenever you can. This can be toilet paper and paper towels made from recycled paper, to shopping at thrift stores for lightly used furniture and clothing.
It’s easy to cook smart, which contributes to an eco-friendly home. Buy organic and sustainably produced food, it’s not only good for the Earth, but it’s also good for your health. Eat more raw foods; not using the oven or stove will save you energy. And once again, eating raw food is good for your health. Avoid products with excessive plastic packaging; for example, coffee pods contribute tons of plastic waste to the environment. Switch back to a drip coffee maker.
Make Your Own Compost
Don’t scrape your leftovers and kitchen scraps into the trash, turn them into compost. Learn about composting, and start a backyard compost pile or get a compost bin for your yard. You can make lots of high-quality fertilizer for your garden for free.