As time passes, becoming eco-friendly demands an active role in our everyday practices and decisions. In these times, it benefits the planet to make better lifestyle choices that are beneficial for the environment in the long run, and take up more eco-friendly habits to make for better living standards.
Living a greener lifestyle improves our overall health and provides the house with natural beauty. Further, driving up the value of your home and simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint. So, if you are looking to go green, we have listed a few tips that you could follow to help you make the right decisions.
1. Make Use of Natural Light
During the day, refrain from using too much electricity. Instead, you can install huge windows in your house, as done by homedesignlover, in the photo below. To let in as much light as possible, they have designed fully windowed walls. Not only will this make your house seem bigger and brighter, but it will also save electricity costs in the long run.
2. Use Energy Efficient Appliances
3. Unplug Appliances
Some electrical gadgets use electricity even when switched off. The most common household technology which uses power on standby includes outdated televisions, desktop computers, and audio systems. Unplugging these is an excellent eco-friendly habit to conserve electricity as well as the environment.
Insulation significantly reduces energy costs while making your home environmentally friendly. Keeping your doors closed maintains a consistent temperature, eliminating the need for greater power usage by turning on ACs or fans. Double-paned windows assist with insulation, as do carpets. Carpets are also efficient with noise reduction making them both a stylish and useful addition to your household.
5. Cut Out Plastic Altogether
Plastic is one of the most harmful pollutants for us and the environment. With almost all products constructed from plastic to some degree, it is pretty much impossible to cut it out altogether. However, you can start small. Start by visiting onegreenplanet for amazing ideas to go plastic-free.
Replace the plastic bags in your house with cloth ones. Not only are they reusable, which saves more money, but also better for the environment. Go for shampoo and soap bottles that can also be reused. Opt for loose vegetables and fruits, which are also fresher, rather than those wrapped in plastic.
6. Grow Your Own
To live green, you don’t need plants in every corner of the house. While they brighten up the home and help with oxygen production, it can get overwhelming to take care of multiple house plants. In that case, all you need is a few pots on a windowsill to grow some herbs like shown in the photo by gardeningknowhow. Some good examples would be curry leaves, basil, and even mint. This will also save you a trip to the store to buy them when needed.
7. The Three R’s
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is an essential mantra for anyone looking to build eco-friendly habits. Recycling, in particular, requires some creativity to prevent the careless disposal of reusable items and that’s part of the fun. By cutting out purchases that you cannot use more than once, finding new purposes for used products. And disposing of discarded items properly, you can contribute to a healthier planet.
Shop eco-friendly products that are used in your daily routine and follow a greener lifestyle.
8. Natural Cleaning Products
Using natural cleaning products is an excellent way to reduce both plastic waste. There are a number of substances that could end up in the local water supply. For example, baking soda can be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from cleaning your teeth to removing different types of stains.
9. Go Green in the Kitchen
A lot of the waste generates in the kitchen. Educate your family members on this issue, and ask them to limit their waste disposal. Some simple tricks to establish an eco-friendly lifestyle through the kitchen would help a lot. Replacing throwaway napkins with cloth ones, recycling bags and cardboard boxes for future purposes, and switching out disposable knives, forks, and spoons for metal, or ceramic ones
In a Nutshell
By adopting these eco-friendly habits, you can make sure that your house is environmentally friendly. It also puts in the effort for a healthier environment for you to live in and a happier, healthier lifestyle for you and your family.