Eco-Friendly Tips for Your Home
Choosing to make changes in our lifestyle to benefit the environment has never been more important! Here are 10 easy and affordable ways to make your home more eco-friendly.
1. Use cold water in your washing machine
Hot water requires much more energy per load, with a large majority of the total energy being used to heat the water. Switching to cold water can add up to some major energy savings and will get your clothes just as clean as hot water.
2. Use a clothesline or drying rack
Washing and drying your clothes consumes a lot of energy. If you’re able, consider installing a clothesline to dry your clothes in the warmer months or purchase a drying rack for indoor use. Air drying your clothes will actually help them last longer, too. Win-win!
3. Make your own cleaning products
Homemade, natural cleaning products can be just as effective as store-bought ones, minus all of the harsh chemicals. You can make your own cleaning products using everyday items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
4. Use energy-efficient lightbulbs
LED lightbulbs consume approximately 90% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and don’t contain hazardous materials, like mercury. Energy-efficient light bulbs will give you more bang for your buck because they last about 2 to 4 times longer than standard bulbs, too!
5. Compost your food waste
Using a compost bin will help you dispose of leftovers and will give you free fertilizer for your garden in return.
6. Add window treatments
Curtains and blinds will make a big difference in terms of heating or cooling your home. Even if your windows are closed, hot or cold air can still creep in and affect the temperature of your home – which means your AC or heating system will be used more than needed.
7. Decorate your home with indoor plants
Indoor plants will positively affect the air quality in your home and will help reduce carbon dioxide. Plus, they look great!
8. Grow your own herbs and vegetables
Growing your own herbs and veggies will help save you money and reduce transportation emissions. Herbs like basil, mint, cilantro and chives or garden vegetables like lettuce, onions and celery can be continuously re-grown with just a bit of water and patience.
9. Unplug any electronics and appliances you aren’t using on a regular basis
Unplug any power bars or electrical cords whenever you’re done using the electronics or appliances. Everything from TVs to phone chargers can act as “leech appliances” sucking energy even when they aren’t being used.
10. Upcycle old decor and furniture
Breathe new life into old items with a fresh coat of eco-friendly paint, or you pick up pre-loved furniture and decor from a secondhand store like Habitat for Humanity or Value Village.