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7 Straight-forward Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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As the effects of global climate change make life harder for humans, animals, and plant life in a way that is almost becoming irreversible, we must think about ways that we can help the situation. It is everyone’s responsibility to make the world less hot by adopting eco-friendly practices. Instead of thinking about changing the world, think of simple tips to transform your home, and everything else will fall into place.

1. Buy Local Eco-Friendly Furniture

Instead of the mass-produced furniture you find online or at most national retailers, you can get locally-made eco-friendly furniture for home use. Ensure that the materials are locally sourced, and the technician does not use chemicals.

Eco-friendly furniture and environmentally preferable products use sustainable materials such as eco-wool, organic cotton, reclaimed wood, recycled fabric, and 100 percent natural latex. Once in your home, the furniture helps maintain fresh air as it has fewer chemical finishes. Additionally, by buying local, you limit the use of fuel to ship goods to you.

2. Adjust Your Windows

Windows are always one of the weak links in your home’s heating and cooling. If the window is poorly insulated, you use so much energy to warm your home in winter. In summer, awnings and related structures should protect your home from overheating. According to Brothers Home Improvement, a California residential windows expert, by adjusting your windows, you reduce heat loss in winter by up to 50 percent and heat gain during summer by approximately 85 percent. 

Strategically installing your windows in relation to the sun and the wind can make your home much more energy-efficient overnight.

3. Find a Way to Use Less Energy at Home

You need to look for ways to use less power at home. Whether you are using electricity, solar, or generator, every watt you save goes a long way towards saving the world.

Another great way to save energy is to use Energy-Star certified appliances and lights at home. Most of these appliances do not release heat energy and, therefore, use less energy. You can also ensure that any appliance not in use is switched off.

4.Install Solar or Wind Power

These two sources of power will not only save you from high electricity, bills but will also save the world because they are clean sources of energy. Solar panels have zero emissions, which means their impact on the environment is almost zero. Modern solar panels are strong enough to fire whole–home systems without complementing with electricity. These solar systems are also cheaper, thanks to government initiatives around the world to promote clean energy. The only challenge with solar is that you need to live in an area that receives enough sunlight.

Wind turbines are great, but these are for people living in the countryside. In most towns and major cities, the laws may not allow you to install wind turbines.

5. Avoid Single-Use Plastics

Single-use plastics only end up in landfills. Avoid single-use water bottles, zip-top bags, straws, and plastic cutlery, among others. Instead, shop for reusable items that will last for many years. Start by buying enough high-quality cutlery and crockery, buy a good water bottle that will last through the years, metal straws, pack your food in glass Tupperware, and other quality products.

You can also choose cloth napkins instead of paper napkins. Wet wipes and paper towels are single-use making them less eco-friendly.

6. Heat and Cool Your Home the Smart Way

A smart thermostat allows you to save so much energy besides using windows to reduce the energy you use every day. Today, smart thermostats have motion sensors to heat or cool your room only when you are at home. You can track the usage of power through an app to see how much energy you save. Through the tracking app, you will know how to lower your energy consumption.

By using a smart thermostat, you lower energy use by up to 15 percent, which means the thermostat pays for itself in less than two years.

7. Reduce Your Use of Chemicals

There are so many chemicals for homeowners from floor sealers, paint, cleaning products, air fresheners, and so many more. You can reduce the chemicals you use by choosing products with organic ingredients.

Almost every product contains chemicals, but some options are organic or natural. Start with eco-friendly furniture, home cleaning products, food products, and so many others.

Conclusion

Other ways to make your home eco-friendly is to plant indoor plants, upgrade energy-intensive appliances, consider composting your kitchen refuse, find ways to conserve water and use non-toxic paints and pigments at home.

 

Tim Esterdahl

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