Jan 19, 2017

Ways to Make Your Home More Green & Eco-Friendly

Eco-friendly house

You may recycle paper and plastic at home and bring reusable bags to the grocery store, and that’s a great start to being more Earth conscious! When you’re ready to make your home more green and eco-friendly, very little effort and money is required. You don’t need nontoxic paints, sustainable wood flooring, solar panels and other expensive gadgets. Begin with these healthy habits for your home, and you’ll be doing your part to save money, and save the planet.

  • Bulbs – Make a switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use just 1/4 of the electricity that regular bulbs use and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Lights – Movement sensors in each room will allow you to forget to turn the lights off, because they will come on and shut off automatically.
  • Cooling/Heating – The big energy consumers in your home are your refrigerator and freezer. Set your refrigerator at around 37 degrees F, and your freezer at -3 degrees F. Your thermostat should keep you comfortable at 68-69 degrees F during the day, and 57-58 degrees F at night.
  • Unplug – Although you aren’t using electronics, if they are plugged into an outlet, they are still drawing energy, and that adds up. Unplug what you aren’t using, and make it a habit to plug in electronics and small appliances only when they are ready to be used.
  • Appliances – When you have a full load in your washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, the appliance works more efficiently. Wait for full loads, and opt for the air-dry method on your dishwasher.
  • Use the sun – Open windows, drapes and blinds to let the sun naturally warm your home. It’s simple, yet effective and cost efficient.
  • Leaks – stopping leaks around your home will keeps warm air inside, and cool air outside. Seal, caulk, repair and insulate your home for maximum efficiency. You’re paying for that comfortable temperature, so keep it in!
  • Plants – Growing plants inside your home creates a natural air filter for each of them. Many naturally absorb harmful pollutants, and make the air inside your home cleaner. Opt for palm trees and ferns.
  • Carbon monoxide – Be sure your home has a carbon monoxide detector installed. This odorless gas can be deadly. If you already own one, keep up with regular carbon monoxide detector maintenance to ensure efficiency.
  • Gardens – Plant edible gardens and grow your own herbs, veggies and fruits. Gardens help reduce air pollution and reduce soil erosion. Organic, Earth-friendly garden products will enhance your garden.
  • Compost – Everything from tea leaves to eggshells, fruit peels to coffee grounds are compostable. Mix some water with these items and leaves and trimmings from your yard for a nutritious soil for your garden.
  • Water – Wasting water is pretty easy. Water your garden early in the mornings or evenings when it’s cooler outside and evaporation is slower. Also note that flushing foreign objects such as feminine hygiene products and paper towels down your toilet use much more water, and back up the line.

Creating an Earth-friendly, eco-conscious home isn’t as expensive and difficult as it may seem. Simple tasks become healthy habits and you’ll have your home more green and eco-friendly in no time!