Most of us are already in the habit of making small changes in our daily lives such as recycling, using public transportation when we can, and turning off lights and appliances in an effort to conserve energy.
In some cases, we can be doing more on a larger scale in our homes. There are several upgrades that we can make to our properties and homes to promote a green lifestyle. The changes will benefit our lives as well as the environment.
But exactly which upgrades are worth making? There’s a lot of information available to us, and it's often overwhelming to sift through it. The best approach is to keep it simple.
Start At The Top
Before worrying about individual areas in the property, think about the property as a whole. Poor insulation will force your heaters to work harder, thus creating a bigger footprint on the environment. Insulating the attic and fixing a faulty roof is a great way to keep the heat in. Moreover, installing energy-efficient, double-glazed windows will help too.
An added bonus: You'll see an immediate decrease in your energy bills.
Get Cooking (In An Eco-Friendly Manner)
The kitchen is a place where many daily tasks are completed. Those appliances all make an impact on the environment. While these appliances are necessary for feeding your family, you can reduce the impact that they have.
A valiant stove fan, for example, is powered by the heat of the oven to help circulate the air. This is a much better option than using extra electricity while it also removes the threat of poor reliability too.
Furthermore, make the switch to a biodegradable surface cleaner. They might feel like small gestures, but they often make the biggest impact. I made the switch to eco-friendly household cleaners several years ago, and I am so glad I did. Not only is it safer for the environment, it's also safer for our whole family from adults to kids to pets.
One of the key ingredients to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle is to get more out of your resources. Waste reduction is one of the greatest steps you can take.
This can be achieved in a number of ways. Upcycling clothes and lowering food waste are great options. However, one of the most harmful appliances in your home is the toilet. Older units can use up to 7 gallons of water per flush. But by switching to an energy efficient option, you can cut that number to under 1.5 gallons.
An added bonus: You will see an immediate decrease in your water bill each quarter.
Embrace The Great Outdoors
Your home isn’t the only part of your property that needs attention. Your yard is a wonderful location to start making a change for a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
There are a number of tips to actively improve your green living. Growing a garden, even a small one makes a big impact as does composting. However, simply encouraging more time in the yard where you aren't using the indoor energy resources will make a big difference.