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This article is written by Ginger Reid. She is an advocate for protecting our plant. She believes that we all can play a part in preserving the beauty of this planet for generations to come. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a difference to our environment. You can check out her website Ourpreciousresources.org for more tips on eco-friendly living.
From cleaning products to gardening, it can seem difficult to live our lives in a more eco-friendly way. Thankfully, there are many changes you can make that are easy, inexpensive, or take very little time. Here are some things you can do to be kinder to the earth as a homeowner.
There are numerous ways to conserve water in the home, and some might surprise you. In fact, composting is water efficient, as you save water that you might run when using the disposal. Instead of running fruits and veg under the faucet, soak them in a bowl. Efficient showerheads can save you money and water. Always make sure you turn the water off when not using it, such as when lathering soap on your hands, brushing your teeth or shaving. You can have a plumber reroute gray water from the shower and sink to your toilet. If your area allows it, harvesting rainwater is a great way to keep your garden healthy and cut back on water usage.
If you have air conditioning and central heating, keeping your temperature higher in summer and lower in winter can be a good way to cut down on energy expenses. Air seeping out of windows can raise your energy bill, so seal any leaks to keep rates low. If your heating and cooling units are older, it may be best to replace them with newer, more energy-efficient models. In fact, many appliances can be replaced with eco-friendly machines. Light bulbs can save quite a bit of energy, so make sure the ones you use are low-energy and have a good lifespan. Also, by planting a row of trees along the perimeter of your home, you may cut down on your energy bill by keeping your house temperatures level.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when trying to live green, but household cleaners can be a big source of pollutants for the indoor and outdoor environment. These dangerous chemicals not only enter our air but the outside, too. They can even get into our waterways and wreak havoc on wildlife. Instead of buying harsh solvents, try varieties that are better for the planet. Brands like Method, Ecos, Seventh Generation, and many more are natural alternatives that are better for you and the earth. There are even cleaning solutions you can make yourself out of common and harmless kitchen goods, such as vinegar and baking soda.
What to Look for
Looking for a new home? There are things you should look for when buying. Energy-efficient appliances are a good place to start, but they’re certainly not the only thing. Solar paneling is a strong selling point, as nothing is as eco-friendly as harnessing the power of the sun to sustain our lives. Double-check that the paneling is lead-free, not only to last longer but to be safer overall. Ask about the paints used inside, and make sure they are eco-friendly with low VOCs. Renewable flooring is also something to consider, especially over carpets. Bamboo is a sustainable source, and it’s one that is durable. Keep an eye out in the garden as well, and ask about whether they are native to the area and if they are low-water.
Living in an eco-friendly way is not as difficult as one may expect. It may take a little work, and a bit of spending up front, but over time, these changes will save energy, water, and money. Thinking of the planet is good for the home, the spirit, and so much more.