There are so many things going on in the world right now that many people are forgetting that climate change is still a huge issue. Sure, the pandemic is taking up much of everyone’s time, but that doesn’t mean that global warming and deforestation aren’t still happening every single day. To this end, we are all responsible with the way that the world is turning out, and if you are interested in changing things, your actions can help.
Too many people don’t believe that they can make an impact on the health of the world, but it’s really not the case. Even the smallest change in your home and family life can make a big difference to the world around you and if we all take a small step, the whole world makes a big leap. So, without further ado, we have ten steps that you can take to make your home an eco-friendly place to be.
We’re not referring to writing paper here. Paper towels are a staple item in the kitchen and toilet paper is a necessity for the bathroom. However, there are several options in front of you that you can use instead. It may be convenient to buy toilet paper for your household, but cloth napkins to clean up spills and family cloth is the better choice. Family cloth takes some getting used to, but you’ll certainly save some forests from being destroyed while you choose it.
Everyone knows that you can instantly do better for the environment when you swap the lightbulbs out for LED bulbs. They use a fraction of the expense and LED bulbs heat up the home with 90% of the energy of the bulb given out as heat. It’s an excellent way to make the house more eco-friendly.
While we’re on the subject of saving energy while saving money, look out for low-energy appliances when it comes to upgrading. Our electricals make up to 30% of our energy bills, and you can improve your carbon footprint when you choose those with a better Energy Star Rating.
It’s hard to buy food items these days that aren’t covered in some kind of plastic, but thankfully, conscientious supermarkets are reducing their plastic waste and are embracing paper bags and self-service. Where possible, get rid of your household plastics and choose to use ceramics, glass storage containers or cardboard. You can utilise your freezer, too, and freeze as many chopped veggies as possible to get rid of plastic containers.
Saving water by not flushing? There are better ways than leaving the toilet bowl to stain. Sure, continue to flush it down when it’s brown, but you can save water with boabab tanks in the backyard. These tanks can collect the rainwater for cleaning the driveway, watering the plants at low-rain seasons and even to use to clean the car. Rainwater is cloud-filtered and you can use it to feed back into the earth to grow more things!
We’ve talked about slowing down on your use of plastics for the house, so why not do it even further by growing your own fruit and vegetables? When you utilise your garden, you can ensure that you are eating straight from the ground and saving money, production and packaging costs and even on transport to get your veggies from the stores.
For years, we were told to turn the washer from 60 degrees to 40 degrees. Now, we need to start washing everything at 30c instead. For maximum efficiency, you can use 30c and still get the same results. You can build a better, more sustainable future for your home while keeping your clothes clean: win-win!
Bamboo is one of the most sustainable materials out there and you can use it as a great alternative for the kitchen, storage and even for furniture. Bamboo is used in so many ways and you can use them for plates, bowls and more. If you buy more products made of bamboo, you are going to add more eco-friendly solutions or your house.
A big part of losing energy in the home comes from not having adequate insulation to keep the place warm. You can add filler insulation to the walls and the loft, and you can hang heavier curtains and lay thick rugs. It’s hard to stop the heat from being lost in the home, but if you ensure as much insulation as possible, you’re going to be able to save money on your heating bills.
We all need to step away from the internet from time to time, but if you knew that it would help your home to be eco-friendly would you do it quicker? It’s not just the internet that we need to unplug from. Appliances, televisions, chargers – we plug them in and leave the outlets on all day long. We need to unplug them all and turn off the lights when we don’t use them. If you learn to unplug, you can make sure that your home is far more eco-friendly than if you left them all on.
It’s never been easier than right now to make your home an environmentally friendly place to be. There are so many ways you can make changes and educate the kids on how to look after the house properly while saving money and saving the world at the same time. Once you know how to make a difference in the world, you can start exploring all the other ways you can make your home eco-friendly, too. Your step toward a sustainable home is going to be the best step that you take this year, and all you need to do is take one step at a time. Eco-friendliness is the way to go this year – what changes are you going to make?