Reducing our overall environmental impact is a team effort, and just like a ripple effect, doing some small steps can go a long way. Being more environment-friendly will not only help you lead to a better world, it can also save you money. Here are five ways to make your home better and more eco-friendly.
Avoid Toxic Cleaning Products
Household cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals that are toxic to the environment. Fortunately, you can find safe alternatives in cleaning your house without the toxic chemicals.
Check the labels for ingredients. When you can’t pronounce most of the ingredients, you might not want to use it at home. And invest in simple ingredients such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemons and borax, and DIY cleaners.
Reduce Plastic Waste
Yes, it’s difficult to avoid using plastic nowadays. But being mindful of your purchases of plastics can eventually help you reduce your usage. These days recycling is fairly common, but here is the thing: a lot of the plastic the recycling service collects is never really recycled. It gets shipped overseas.
In this area, your first step must be to minimise your plastic use. Spend in reusable bags and water bottles that can be reused. Quit buying disposable plastic plates, cups and utensils and use the flashy ceramic glasses, dishes, and silverware stashed in your kitchen.
You don’t have to make enormous, costly, dramatic changes. There are small changes that you can introduce around the house and in your activities, which together can greatly reduce your environmental impact:
Switch off unused devices. You may also buy smart power strips that shut off your peripherals when you turn off your TV or computer.
Go for LED bulbs. They last longer and can save you up to 80% in energy consumption.
In general, disposables must be avoided. Don’t use paper towels. Instead, using kitchen towels and even rags made of old clothing is a safer alternative.
Go for Solar
Yes, this requires some money but we all know its advantage in the long run. It can help you reduce your monthly bills and may even eliminate altogether your electricity bill. In a few years, you will be able to recoup your investment. Depending on your area, you may even qualify for tax breaks for choosing a more energy efficient option.
Update Your Appliances
Older devices usually take more energy compared to the newest technology. Given that appliances compensate for about 20% of your energy bill, if you can manage it, it makes perfect sense to upgrade to more energy efficient options.
As pricey as this possibility may sound, realise that, in the long run, you will save more by eliminating old appliances that consume more power / water than more energy-efficient appliances. Search for approved Energy Star appliances and labels indicating how much fuel they’re going to use.