Home is where the heart is, and it is also where we can do our share for a better environment. Homes are the best place to start doing our part. Learn how to make your home more eco-friendly and feel good knowing you’re making a difference for today and generations to come.
Lower Energy Usage
Check the rating on large appliances in your home, such as the dishwasher, washer and dryer, and HVAC system. If they are outdated, they may be sucking more energy from your home than necessary.
Installing new appliances with energy star ratings will lower energy use—and your energy bills. It’s a win-win!
Remind family members to unplug the smaller appliances they’re not being used. If you leave an item—such as the toaster—plugged in when no one is using it, it’s just a waste of energy. A toaster pulls energy even when not operational. To save energy simply make the toast, then unplug the toaster.
Overfilled landfills are a huge issue and horrible for the environment. Recycling is an excellent way to combat this, and it can start right at home. Young children can learn to recycle, too. Just be sure to understand what is safe to recycle and what is not.
Place boxes and bins in areas of the house where plenty of recyclable items are available. The home office, for instance, produces a lot of unneeded scrap paper. The kitchen pantry has old, unused cardboard containers galore. Throughout the week, deposit the recycling in the bins. When recycling pick-up day comes along, pour everything in a larger bin to be collected.
The more convenient recycling is made, the more likely it will happen.
Composting is a great option for those who love to garden. This is done by collecting table scraps in a bucket every day and transferring it all to a larger composting bin. Then, when the time is right, it becomes compost for the garden. Certain types of paper, such as a newspaper, can also be used in composting.
It’s easier than ever to clean your home with environmentally friendly cleaning supplies. Not only will you be helping the environment by not dumping harmful chemicals down the drains, but you yourself won’t be breathing in those harsh chemicals.
There are some great brands out there who make safe cleaning products. You can also save a lot of money and use things such as vinegar and baking soda as cleaning options.
As you implement ways to make your home more eco-friendly, you’ll feel good knowing you’re doing your part for the environment and as well as keeping your family healthy.