When people become homeowners, many adapt the home to fit their lifestyle. It goes without saying, therefore, that environmental change begins with us doing our part for the collective good — starting with our own homes and neighborhoods. But how are some ways you can adapt your home to be more environmentally friendly?
In this guide, we’ll share with you some tips and advice on how to make your dwelling more eco-friendly, beginning with your home and outdoor spaces.
Here are some good ideas on how to turn your home into a more eco-friendly one:
Start Using Renewable Energy
It takes no stretch of the imagination to realize how much damage traditional fossil fuels cause to our environment. Unfortunately, most of our energy sources come from such traditional sources. Your first step towards eco-friendliness can begin with helping mother nature breathe a little easier.
Renewable energy is not only clean and environmentally safe, but it is also slowly becoming less expensive over the years. Solar panels, for instance, have become at least 70% less expensive compared to when they were first introduced into the market decades ago. In fact, the solar panel business is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the entire country.
Going green through the use of renewable energy, therefore, should mean not only becoming more eco-friendly, but also directly helping the economy and renewable energy industry grow.
Make Use of Eco-Friendly Products
The products we use matter a lot, especially in the long run. In an average lifetime, people consume tons of products that can potentially pollute the environment enough to have devastating and irreparable consequences. As such, changing our lifestyles by choosing our products can really go a long way.
Identifying whether a product is eco-friendly is as simple as checking the product’s label as well as the company that manufactures it. All this step takes is a conscious effort on your part to exercise your choice with more awareness and prudence towards eco-friendliness.
This applies to everything from shampoo to toilet paper and dish soap inside the house.
Adopt a Waste Sorting System
One of the better ways to track your progress towards eco-friendliness is by taking note of your carbon footprint. You can manage your carbon footprint by adopting a waste sorting system at home.
Doing this can be as simple as having separate bins for separate classes of waste when disposing of your trash, accordingly. This may seem like a minor thing, but in the grand scheme of it all, adopting this system can work wonders in reducing your carbon footprint tremendously.
Check to see what recycling and composting services your city offers, and utilize those to cut down on waste even more.
Conserve Your Resources
Conservation is, perhaps, the epitome of an eco-friendly lifestyle. In your home, performing conservation measures can be as simple as watching your water consumption or conserving your food preparation and consumption practices. Energy use can also be monitored to reduce wastage.
What makes this course of action all the more special is the fact that doing this requires no deep or financial investment whatsoever. In fact, it’s even arguably quite the opposite. Doing this can actually help you save on your finances greatly in the long run.
Creating an Eco-Friendly Garden
A garden will not only make our homes more beautiful, but it can also make eco-friendly missions closer to fruition, too. Again, how you go about designing your garden is your choice. But getting some knowledge regarding designing it with a green objective at its core may do you well.
Here are some great ideas for your eco-friendly garden:
Go Natural and Local
Gardening will almost always involve taking care of pests and using specialized equipment. So when you do start your garden, it would be better for the environment to do so as naturally as you can and as locally as you can.
What this means is that when it comes to dealing with pests, avoid manufactured chemicals as best as you can. These can not only pose hazardous risks to you and to the members of your family, but also to the environment. Try to look for natural alternatives in the market or, even better, try to create some homemade ones yourself.
As for being local, this simply means sourcing your garden equipment, soils, seeds, and plants from local sources. Doing so not only supports local businesses but also positively reduces your carbon footprint.
Plant Eco-Friendly Plants
The best plants to put in your garden are those that not only contribute to the biodiversity of the local flora but also provide shelter and food. Flowers are always a welcome addition to any garden as they encourage bees to come and increase pollination. Fruit-bearing trees and plants are also excellent in attracting a wide variety of eco-friendly species. In general, however, any kind of healthy plant will most definitely suffice.
Make Your Own Compost
This step goes hand-in-hand with going down the local route, as well as that of waste segregation and resource conservation.
Making your own compost allows you to not only have an alternative avenue for waste disposal, but it also gives you the ability to create a more natural and healthy soil and food source for your plants. All in all, the entire process is both simple and easy enough for you to do, but complex enough so as to influence your overall carbon footprint, as well.
This is, perhaps, an obvious course of action. It’s also, unfortunately, something that most people tend to forget.
Gardening requires tremendous amounts of water, yes. But water conservation is more than just reducing your water usage. Actively and consciously managing your water usage can help you better plan your water conservation techniques, not to mention enable you to better care for your plants.
Alternatively, you can adopt a water conservation system that involves recycling your bathroom water or kitchen water for plant use.