Our planet is warming up at a rate that’s alarming, so living a life that would be helpful to it rather than harmful should be each person’s priority. That’s not to say that doing so would only benefit the environment, though, as living green can add up to thousands of dollars of savings per year. If you’ve wanted to get started on green living but just haven’t found the inspiration to do so, why not start small and start at home?
Here are some practical ideas for creating an eco-friendly home:
- Use recycled material.
Build your eco-friendly home using materials that are made from re-purposed or recycled products. Such items include paper-based countertops that are made from the tree pulp taken from managed forests, rubber roofing manufactured from recycled materials, and carpets created from recycled bottles of plastic.
- Upgrade old appliances
Newer appliances use up about half the energy that an older model would use. Your current refrigerator, for instance, might have been the best refrigerator of its time a few years back, but might be consuming way more energy than better-built refrigerators of today use. Think about replacing it, instead, which can actually save you money in the long run. This tip applies to all of your appliances such as TV, air conditioner, coffeemaker, dishwasher and so much more. Do take the disposal of appliances into consideration when you finally decide to switch out your old appliances, though.
- Install low-flow toilets and showerheads
Low-flow showerheads and toilets use about half as much water as regular ones but are just as efficient. Not only will you be able to conserve water, you’ll also be able to save some cash on your monthly water bill.
- Install an Efficient Duct System
Your home’s duct system should regularly be inspected to make sure that it’s properly sealed in your home. Not only will this help you save energy, but it can also prevent cooling and heating problems in your home, which can also lead to an increased use of energy that can reflect heavily on your monthly bill.
- Don’t Skimp on Quality Doors and Windows
Poorly sealed windows and doors can allow air to flow freely in and out of the home, which means that your heating and cooling systems would need to work extra hard to maintain your home’s temperature. This not only wastes energy, but also costs you money. Avoid all these by choosing windows and doors that are of good quality.
- Start using natural cleaning products
Cleaning products can actually add to indoor air pollution, so be very careful about the type of cleaning products you’re using in your home. A lot of the popularly used conventional products even contain toxic chemicals that can end up in our waterways and damage plant and animal life. Go green, and choose household cleaning products that use natural ingredients, or try to make your own using simple ingredients that you might already have stocked in the kitchen.
Green living is so much more than just purchasing whatever product or service that has “eco-friendly” printed on it. It’s about being informed on better choices, and actually opting for those choices instead of spending tons of money on items that might not even be eco-friendly at all.