10 Tips for Creating an Eco-Friendly Home
- Water conservation is so important when living an eco-friendly lifestyle. You may be asking how you can do that though? There are 2 incredibly easy ways to save thousands of liters of water. Switch to a low flow shower head and a smart flow toilet. You see, your water is not a constantly renewable resource and while turning off your faucet when brushing your teeth or doing dishes is important you also have to consider how much water you use for leisure.
- You are probably using old fashioned light bulbs in your ceiling fixtures throughout your house. Those light bulbs are a huge energy waste though. Go through your house and swap them out for less energy hungry LED bulbs. They are one of the best choices for indoor lighting. LED bulbs are Energy Star rated and certified.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose everything that you can. People have a big waste problem and often things that seem troublesome just find their way into a local dump. You bought a brand-new organic linen couch and want to get rid of your old leather sofa. Instead of tossing it out, always try to use the 4 R’s. Recycling isn’t just for bottles and cans anymore. There are tons of charities that will take your garbage and find it a new home.
- One of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to unplug your electronics. Gaming consoles, TVs, computers, and even toasters will all use energy even if they are just sitting around unused but plugged in. An easy way to think about it is if you aren’t actively using it then turn it off. Install motion sensor lights in your home so you aren’t leaving light bulbs running for no reason. Times are changing and new inventions are making it easier and easier to become a little greener in your own home.
- Do you ever realize how much plastic is in your life? Your clothes have tags that are plastic, the produce that you buy is wrapped in plastic, feminine products have disposable plastic cases. Plastic is not biodegradable. There are so many alternatives that you can use instead of plastic that can help the planet. Do you drink out of plastic water bottles that you toss as soon as you are done with them? Why not invest in a nice water bottle and a sink filter? Instead of using the grocery stores plastic bags there are organizations that pass out free grocery totes, so you don’t have to just toss them away afterwards. Instead of plastic straws or plastic plates, consider using glass or ceramic plates and straws. Plastic should be viewed as the enemy and it is up to all of us on the planet to see it be done away with.
- How much food do you end up throwing away at the end of the week? You buy a bag of spinach and by the time you get to opening it looks wilted and brown. Well I have good news for you. There are 2 incredibly easy and low maintenance ways to get rid of it without just tossing it into the garbage. The first is the easiest, simply start a compost pile. All the fruits and vegetables that you throw out can be buried in your yard to make wonderful nutrient dense soil for your garden. Get an old coffee ground tin with a lid and collect every bit of food that you