Have you ever wanted to do more for your environment straight from home?
As you work on coexisting your home space with the environment, it’s important to take into account the ways in which you can be energy efficient from your own backyard!
Here are ten steps to set you on the path of decreasing your environmental footprint (and saving money too!).
How to Create an Eco-Friendly Home!
Step 1: Be aware of your usage of water, electricity and others
To do anything in life, the first step is always to know what the issue is. Once you know what your issue is you can later take it head on and fix the problem.
By knowing how much energy and water you use daily you can keep track of your progress to helping the environment right in your own home.
Step 2: Turn lights off when leaving a room
Reminders near lights to remember to turn them off. Write notes by lights or set reminders on your phone to turn off lights when not being used.
In the bathroom, you can install a timer light that can turn off on its own. This is a good way to make sure you aren’t just wasting time in the shower.
Step 3: Unplug electronics when your not using them
This is something that is harder than it seems for most people because we like things to be convenient.
A way to do this without making it very inconvenient to plug things back is to connect your items is to get a surge protector so you can just turn the button on and off if needed. Do not plug in things that will not be used regularly until necessary.
Step 4: If able, have solar panels on your home.
If it’s in your budget, get solar powered chargers for your electronics. You can put your solar charger in the sun for a few hours then plug your phone into it to charge instead of plugging in to the wall.
Solar panels can also convert sunlight into electricity to power your house during full sun hours, saving energy and electric costs!
Step 5: Install a smart meter
As a way to decrease your ecological footprint and energy bills, installing a smart meter to control your homes temperature is a great next step!
These meters can be programmed to turn your heat on and off at times when it isn’t needed in order to save energy. This device can also help you become aware of how much energy you are using and how much money you waste on unneeded heating and cooling costs.
Step 6: Use LED light bulbs.
Replace old light bulbs with new LED ones. LED light bulbs sell for about 2-4 dollars. So, they won’t break your bank and will benefit the environment.
Another great way to save money and reduce electricity is using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances. Forget to turn off the lights? App controlled home systems like Insteon help you monitor and control your home temperature and light intake while away.
Step 7: Meal prep
Less cooking means less waste and water used for cleaning. Try making your meals at the start of the week and storing them in reusable containers. Not only is meal prepping cost effective and enforces proportional eating, it also helps the environment!
Step 8: Insulation
Another step to making your house more eco-friendly is by assuring that you have proper insulation! Faulty or old insulation can result in an overuse of cooling and heating in your home.
This not only increases your energy bill costs, but wastes energy and emits more chemicals into the environment. Try a cellulose insulation made from 75% recycled material that will both reduce energy and waste!
Step 9: Create your own compost bin!
Creating an at-home compost bin is something easy that you can do in your own backyard. Simply build your own compost bin by using a garbage can with drill holes scattered throughout it, or build a wooden compost structure.
Compost bins help organically rid kitchen waste as well as rich your soil so that you may grow your own garden! This is a great way to make your home and garden eco-friendly!
Step 10: Take toxic products out of your home
Take cleaners that contain toxins such as 2-butoxyethanol, Phthalates, Triclosan and ammonia. These can be found in most common cleaners, so don’t be fooled by the name!
Even products with names that seem environmentally safe, such as Simply Green, are users of these toxic contents that can hurt you and the environment. Instead, use baking soda or essential oil products to keep your home safe and clean!
Taking these ten steps to ensure that your house is eco-friendly may be considered a process. However, results may actually be cost effective in the end, giving you the gratification of living in a house with a positive carbon footprint as well as a lower energy bill.
Start simple steps such as replacing your cleaning products, meal prepping, and turning off lights, and then move on to the bigger jobs such as solar panels and insulation when time permits. Being eco-friendly is all about what you make of it, so enjoy the process and relish in the results! Good luck!
We’d love to see how you are turning your home into a eco-friendly oasis! Send us photos of your journey for a chance to be featured in our next blog post!
Top image courtesy of Jeff Kubina