Are you thinking about how to make your home more eco-friendly? If that's so, you'll be glad to know a sustainable lifestyle doesn't require enormous financial investments, and you don't have to turn your life upside down. It is just a matter of will. Here's what you can do.
Opt for LED Bulbs
The first step in making your home more eco-friendly is replacing your regular bulbs with energy-efficient ones. Investing in LED (Light-emitting diode) bulbs is beneficial for several reasons. First, LED bulbs consume less energy than traditional light bulbs. Another reason is their durability. Energy-efficient light bulbs can last 3 to 25 times longer than traditional ones.
LEDs have one ''flaw'', they are more expensive than regular light bulbs. But, if we know they are energy efficient and durable, buying LEDs is a smart long-term investment.
Let's Take Care of Water
It may not look like that, but we waste gallons and gallons of water every year. Our everyday activities are the proof. We waste a lot of food, wash our clothes way too often, and to be honest, most of us let the water run until it heats up.
A recent study showed that the average water use per person is almost 100 gallons per day. It is quite a lot, but small changes can make a big difference. You can use flow reducers and cut down the time you spend on tasks you need water for.
Take shorter showers, or turn off the faucet when you are washing your hands or shaving. If you want to wash the dishes but you are waiting for the water to heat up, put a pot under the tap and you can use it to water your plants or even drink it, just put it in the fridge to cool down. After all, we pay for the water we use, and that's another reason we should consume it wisely.
The Beauty of Growing Your Own Food
If you are looking for a fun yet useful physical activity, consider growing your own food. It is a great way to provide your family with fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardening can also benefit your mental health. Even a small part of your backyard can become an eco-friendly oasis. If you live in a colder area, constructing and using a greenhouse will ensure your plants are well-protected from low temperatures and frost.
Benefits of Composting
Composting is becoming more and more popular. It is a simple process that allows natural items like tea, coffee, vegetables, and fruits to break down organically. Making compost in your backyard is another way to be more sustainable. Consider installing a compost bin to get rid of leftovers you can later use as a fertilizer for your plants.
Enrich Your Space With Some House Plants
Plants are ideal for every indoor space because they make it vibrant and welcoming. House plants also clean indoor air. They give us a lot, and all they ''ask'' for is a little bit of our attention. Taking care of potted plants is not a scary task. On the contrary, it is quite relaxing.
You Can Cool Your Space Naturally
Another way to make your home more eco-friendly is to reduce the use of air conditioning. You can cool your space by simply opening windows. It may not be possible during the day due to high temperatures, but once the sun goes down and during the night, you can leave your windows open and let that beautiful breeze in. If you are concerned about unwanted guests, such as bugs, installing fly screens will stop them from getting in. Shutters or glazed windows are also great allies against the heat.
Blinds and Curtains Will Protect You From the Heat and Cold Air
Aside from their aesthetic function, curtains and blinds will protect you from both the heat and cold air. Even when your windows are closed, the heat and cold air may find their way in. Blinds and curtains will help you maintain the desired temperature without having to turn on an air conditioner. What a simple yet effective way to save money, energy and protect the environment.
DIY Projects: Eco-Friendly and Fun
If you are getting tired of your old coffee table or dining chairs, instead of buying new pieces, consider refreshing the ones you already have. It could be a fun activity for the whole family. DIY projects are ideal for expressing creativity and as physical activity. If you lack ideas, look for some how-to tutorials on Youtube. They are an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
What Do You Think About Homemade Cleaning Products?
Many think natural cleaning products are not as effective as regular ones. Well, that's not true, they are. Also, they don't contain chemicals that can harm your health and the environment. Natural cleaning products are not as affordable as regular ones, but here's another possibility for a DIY project. It's not complicated to make them, and you probably already have all the ingredients as most homemade cleaning products usually contain baking soda, lemon, and vinegar.
Is It Sunny Outside? Great, Don't Turn on the Dryer
Whenever it is possible, skip the dryer and line-dry your clothes outside. You'll save energy, money, and your clothes and bed linen will last longer. If you don't have a backyard, installing a drying rack on the balcony is equally good, but remember to leave your windows open. That way your clothes will dry faster.
Say Goodbye to Plastic Bottles
One of the easiest and most effective ways to make your home eco-friendly is to stop purchasing plastic water bottles. Instead, invest in water filters. Even jugs with filters can make a significant difference. It is not only cost-effective, but it is beneficial for the environment.
Every Change Counts
There's a saying: ''We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.'' It is everything we need to know. Taking care of the environment is taking care of ourselves and our loved ones.