Going Green | 9 Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Simple Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

It is not only a positive choice personally, but also for others if a person decides to become more Eco-friendly. Obviously, this is because sustainable practices help protect and improve the environment.

There are many more benefits to becoming more Eco-friendly in your lifestyle, aside from helping others and the environment. For one, it creates a healthier environment for you because you are exposed to less harmful chemicals in your day-to-day. This is imperative to keep in mind, especially if you have kids in your home.

And contrary to popular belief, you do not need to do a lot of complex things so you can be more Eco-friendly in your home. Simple changes can get you on the right path.

On that note, here are the simple and hassle-free changes that you can do to make your home more Eco-friendly:

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Install a Smart Meter

How you heat your home is one of the biggest ways you use energy in your home. Therefore, you might need to rethink how you heat (or cool) your home so that it is more energy-efficient.

You don’t even need to do anything complicated, so you can reduce the energy you use to power your entire heating system. All you need to do is to install a smart meter, which can help you manage your energy use, especially during winter.

You can set a smart meter to start heating your home right during the time when you’re in your house. Then, you can set it to turn off during the hours you are away from your home.

It’s an efficient way of ensuring that you aren’t using your heating system more than you should. Aside from that, it’s going to reduce your energy bill every month.

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Embrace Natural Cleaning Products

When you clean your home, you are actually using a lot of harmful chemicals in your home.

If these products end up in the environment, they can disrupt nature’s balance. At the same time, being exposed to these chemicals is bad for your health. Thus, not only are they bad for you and the people in your home, but they are also not eco-friendly.

According to Planet Maids Deep Cleaning Services NYC, one way to be more eco-friendly is simply by changing the cleaning products that you use.

Luckily, there are a lot of commercial cleaning products that are designed to be more eco-friendly. You can even hire a cleaning service that knows how to clean your home using green cleaning products.

Another option is to create homemade cleaning solutions out of household items that can be available in your home anytime.

Light Up Your House with LEDs

If you’re using outdated lighting fixtures, then you might not be using the most energy-efficient light bulbs available in the market.

Right now, the most energy-efficient bulbs in the market are LED or light-emitting diodes. They actually last a lot longer than older types of light bulbs. Aside from that, they are more durable, and they emit more light for less energy than older lights.

Therefore, you’ll get a lot more bang for your buck with LEDs. So you should definitely replace all your lights when you can to reduce energy wastage, as well as save up from your energy bill.

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Conserve Water

While you’re conserving energy in your home, you should also be concerned about your water usage. Given the fact that no creature can survive without water, it is important that you learn how to conserve water for a eco-friendlier home.

A simple way to do that is by being more conscious of your water usage.

If you have sprinklers for your yard, you should use a smart sprinkler system so that you only use the amount of water that your yard needs.

Another tip is to turn off faucets and sinks whenever you’re not using them. For example, while you’re brushing your teeth, don’t leave the faucet running.

Invest in Insulation

Since your heating system takes up a lot of energy, then you should invest in ways you can conserve heat, especially if you experience a lot of cold months.

Aside from a smart meter, you can also invest and install insulation that makes it easier for your home to hold in the heat. That way, you will not need to turn your heating system on-and-off, which is not energy efficient.

Your roof should definitely be insulated, as well as the inside of your walls. You might also want to double glaze your windows so they can keep in heat in your home.

A cheap way to insulate your home is by having rugs in specific areas in your home. These are a great way of cosying up and warming your home.

Use Solar Panels

If you have the money to invest in more expensive sustainable home installations, then you should get yourself some solar panels.

Solar panels are most useful if you have a home that gets a lot of sunlight. It provides you with energy, and they don’t produce any emissions. Aside from that, it allows you to save up in electric bills eventually.

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Buy Eco-Friendly Furniture

Instead of getting your furniture from mass producers, which have a lot of negative impact on the environment, you might want to look for locally sourced furniture instead.

Not only will they be more unique pieces in your home, but they are also a lot eco-friendlier. Plus, you’re helping out local and smaller businesses.

Decorate with House Plants

Indoor house plants not only beautify any indoor space, but they also improve air quality.If you want to decorate your home, then houseplants can be a good touch. Just make sure that you are prepared to take care of it.

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Consider Composting

Instead of throwing out your food waste, you might want to get a composting bin. It might even help you get started on having your own garden to grow your own food while you’re at it.

Conclusion

Making a more Eco-friendly home is not a complicated process. In fact, it can be more rewarding.

There are a lot of changes, both small and big, that you can do that will make your home more environmentally-friendly. If you have the capacity to do so, then it might be worth your time to switch to a more eco-friendly home care process.

The ways listed above will help get you started in establishing that sustainable home that you might have been wanting for a while.

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Simone Ribeiro
I'm a Brazilian journalist based in West Midlands. In Brazil, I have worked with International Trade and Logistics publications.

Now in the UK, I keep writing and I dedicate myself to a new project : Midlands Trade - a blog focused on business in Europe and Brazil. It's also supporting small businesses throughout the #MeetTheBusiness.

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