The United Nations has warned political leaders that immediate action is required to prevent further irreparable losses from human-caused climate change.
The “tipping point” is still a few decades off, but that time span could be shortened if things don’t change.
Environmentally friendly decisions are most impactful when they’re made on the governmental level. But people have a responsibility, too.
The world would be in a far better place, if everybody were to create an ecofriendly home and do whatever they could to support a sustainable way of living.
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With this in mind I put together this quick guide with some simple tips on how you can make your home environmentally friendly, save money, and do your part to curb climate change.
Hopefully, the actionable ideas below will give you some great inspiration to make simple changes to create an ecofriendly home.
Most of the old appliances in our homes are energy hogs. Technology has come a very long way since the microwave first entered our homes, and part of that advancement is the reduction in energy use.
Smart appliances are almost all energy-efficient. Washing machines, microwaves, ovens, refrigerators, and almost any other home appliance you can think of will cut down energy usage and save you a significant amount of money.
This is especially true in the case of the thermostat. Smart thermostats are excellent at managing the heating and cooling of your home in an efficient way. You can install systems that monitor different rooms respectively, and prevent air conditioning from happening in rooms that you don’t use.
You can also optimize the settings to keep things cool while you sleep, and avoid any excess energy usage while you’re not home. These changes require a small investment, but the energy and efficiency savings you’ll take back are well worth whatever money you need to pay upfront.
Another big area of energy loss is in the washing process. Utilizing hot water accounts for around 90 percent of the energy usage in washing machines. It’s also an unnecessary factor for most of the clothing articles that you wash on a daily basis.
Washing in cold water will produce the same results that hot water will. And it will almost eliminate the energy usage of the machine. When your clothes are done washing, see if there are ways to hang-dry them instead of putting them into the dryer.
It requires a little more work. But it’s work that reduces your energy consumption a great deal. If you can’t find a place to hang dry, consider investing in a dryer that has sensor drying, low heat settings, and gas energy inputs.
The furniture and products in your home don’t need to be brand new. This is a matter of preference for a lot of people. And there are certain perks of having brand new things in the home.
That said, the culture of buying brand new things for every area of the home is a big contributor to climate change. Most of the decor in the home, whether it’s a small vase or a large rug, is produced across the globe.
Further, different components of these things are manufactured in disparate areas of the earth, then shipped together for assembly, then shipped out to the store where they’re sold. That process is incredibly taxing on fossil fuels, carbon emissions, and more.
Whenever possible, try to opt for furniture and decor that’s second-hand or has been refurbished. Doing so eliminates a massive amount of environmental impact.
Americans account for almost half of the paper towel usage in the entire world. That’s a lot, considering that the US accounts for around 4 percent of the world’s population.
The use of disposable cleaning products puts a big strain on the environment. And it’s a shame, because that practice is gummed into culture rather than necessity. It’s possible to get by without using any paper towels and opting for rags or washcloths that serve the same purpose.
Toilet paper might be the only disposable paper product that you absolutely need. But the other jobs are just as easily taken care of with reusable options. The same goes for mops with reusable heads.
There’s a popular idea that recycled materials just get thrown into the landfill, along with all of the other trash. Another idea is that your materials don’t get recycled if there’s a little trash mixed into the equation.
These things are easy excuses for us to avoid recycling altogether. And they’re both untrue. Recycled materials have a lot of value, and disposal companies invest a lot of time and resources into collecting those materials, sorting them, and getting money for them.
If nothing else, you can be sure that companies do whatever they can to get more money. Modern technology sorts recycling based on magnetism, light wavelengths through different materials, and more in order to sift different materials and relay them where they need to go.
So, recycling is real. All of the recycling you do goes to offset the necessary production of other materials for the goods we all need.
Composting is another form of recycling that has recently gained popularity. Instead of sending organic waste to landfills, composting involves creating a nutrient-rich soil amendment by allowing food scraps, yard waste, and other biodegradable materials to decompose over time. If you are new to composting, make sure to check this list of ingredients you can compost.
While some materials like fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells are commonly known as compostable, many other items can also be composted, such as yard waste, shredded paper, and even some types of cardboard. However, it’s important to note that not all organic materials are suitable for composting, as some can attract pests or take too long to break down.
Another end of recycling is buying things that you’ll continue to use, and avoiding products with excessive packaging. Single-use plastics are objectively negative things for the environment, and
Environmental consulting is a great way to make sure that there aren’t any massive red flags on your property. Things that are important to the health of the environment, as well as the health of your family, are all able to get tested and approved.
Whether you run an industrial shipping center or you’re just concerned about the air quality in your home, it’s never a bad idea to have some consulting done. Things like asbestos, lead, radon, mold, and water contaminants are all things to look out for.
Further, it’s important that you check to see if your energy equipment, well water storage, wastewater storage, and more are all up to code. While those things aren’t likely to melt the ice caps if they’re just on your property, they can do a lot of damage to the surrounding ecosystem.
Your property is home to or part of a local ecosystem that’s impacted by many of the things you do. When you have a faulty wastewater management system beneath your home, things start to bleed into the water table, pollute the local flora, and harm the wildlife.
Solar panels are an excellent way to directly shift your carbon footprint in the right direction. People assume that solar panels are things that you have to use exclusively, or that they’re very difficult to install.
The truth is that neither of those things is accurate. You can install solar panels to harvest energy and simply offset the amount of power you get from the grid. Whether you want to run that power directly into your home or into sets of batteries is your choice.
In either case, though, it’s possible to power anything you’d like through the use of solar power. The quality of your panels determines how much energy you can harvest, though, and the matter of installation is an important one.
It’s always best to talk with professionals about installing new solar panels, because they’ll have insights into the best way to hook them up. They’ll also know where to position them around your home in order to get the most sunlight every day.
Setting up solar power for home use is a significant step in making your abode more ecofriendly. You get to use energy from a renewable source while producing zero emissions in the process.
A good rule of thumb is to think about your home’s interior, flip it upside down, then think about filling it with water. If that were the case, where would the water fall out?
Typically, that water would break through somewhere near the upper corners of the house. Flip back to our normal “right-side-up” reality, and we see that heat operates much like our imaginary water would. Warm air goes up to your ceiling and filters out of the room in any way that it can.
Little cracks allow a whole lot of air to seep through, and that requires you to use more energy to heat your home. If you were to think about all of the cracks and openings in your home as one hole, how big would that hole be?
How much water would flow out of that hole in our previous example? You can rest assured that a proportionate amount of warm or cool air is seeping out of those cracks every time you run your air conditioning system.
So, do your best to cover those openings up and insulate your house to preserve energy.
Hopefully, the ideas above helped you brainstorm ideas on how to improve your ecofriendly home. There are more environmentally friendly ideas to work with, though. And I’m here to help. Explore more of my inspiring articles – here.
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