10 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home

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10 Ways To Green Your House

Some people may believe that building a green home is the only way to really reduce their carbon footprint – the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions they cause. But making even small changes to your home and your lifestyle can have a huge impact on environmental sustainability. While building a green home may involve big, expensive projects like replacing flooring, installing new windows and building with alternative materials, making smaller changes could involve replacing certain products, upgrading an appliance or changing your habits.

Follow these green tips for homeowners to start making progress on your sustainable home.

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1. Reuse Plastics

It seems simple, but reusing single-use plastics, and using less plastic in general, can make a more of a difference than one might think. There is currently a patch of garbage floating off the coast of California that’s twice the size of Texas. It’s called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it’s the largest accumulation zone of ocean plastic on the planet. This plastic is lethal to ocean wildlife and can contaminate our food sources, too. By reusing your plastics, you can help reduce waste that may otherwise end up in a landfill or the ocean.

2. Replace Plastics

Reduce, reuse, recycle and, when possible, eliminate plastic use altogether. Swap out plastic wrap for beeswax wrap. It’s reusable, compostable, and is made out of all-natural ingredients.

3. Reevaluate Your Home’s Insulation

Do you feel like you’re constantly turning the heat up in your house in the winter or your air up in the summer? Consider implementing some sustainable energy hacks like beefing up your insulation. In many houses, especially older ones, there are little cracks and holes we can’t see. It’s through these holes that heat and cool air easily escape, running up your energy bills. You’d be amazed how much energy you can conserve when you insulate your house and refrain from accidentally heating the outside.

4. Start Composting

Composting reduces the amount of natural material you’re sending to the landfills, saving space and resources used to transport waste. It also adds nutrients to the soil, benefitting organisms like earthworms that provide a vital role in the health of your garden.

5. Start A Vegetable Garden

Growing your own vegetable garden reduces your carbon footprint by eliminating the trip it takes – and the gas you waste – to get your vegetables or having them delivered to you. If you’re new to gardening, start with a few easy vegetables to grow, like leafy greens, root vegetables, tomatoes and cucumbers – all the fixings for a perfect salad.

6. Reuse Holiday Decorations

One place homeowners can be more sustainable that’s commonly overlooked is home decoration. Some of us change decor with every season, and sometimes that means buying all-new materials every few months. Yes, shopping for new decorations can be fun. But the more often you purchase new things, the worse it is for the environment. Consider saving season-specific or holiday decorations and reusing them a couple of times before switching them out.

7. Redecorate With Eco-Friendly or Used Furniture

When it comes to everyday home decor, try to purchase from companies that are known for being environmentally responsible. You can also choose to stray away from plastics, and purchase furniture and accessories made from recycled or easily renewable materials like bamboo, hemp and organic cotton.

8. Adopt A Minimalist Mindset

Switching to a minimalist lifestyle can also help you buy less of the furniture and accessories you don’t really need that clutter up your home anyway. By purchasing only what you truly need for your home, you’re reducing the waste you’ll put out later in life, helping you make less of a negative impact on the environment

9. Conserve Water

Another green tip for homeowners is to make small changes to help save water at home. This can be as simple as turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth or scrub your dishes, taking shorter showers or running the dishwasher or clothes washer only when you have full loads.

10. Level Up To A Programmable Thermostat

According to energy.gov, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling bills by changing the temperature of your home 7 – 10 degrees for 8 hours of the day. Programmable thermostats ensure you don’t miss the perfect times to do so – when you’re sleeping or at work for the day. It can be hard to remember to change the temp in the morning, change it again when you get home and then again before you go to bed. Instead, you can program the thermostat to adjust to specific temperatures at different times of the day.

For more information, contact Lani Adams 978-886-1524, lani.adams@cbdfw.com