Green living is usually associated with inconvenient and expensive lifestyle changes. But that is not the real case. You do not need to spend thousands of dollars on state-of-the solar panels or buy a Prius as a means to get around. Even by doing easy adjustments and cheap replacements, you can help reduce your carbon footprint on this planet.
Here are seven easy, eco-friendly, and sustainable tips to transform your home to a clean energy haven:
Installing Light Motion Sensors
Turning off the lights when not in use means lower electricity consumption and lower electricity bill. Many people, especially kids, tend to be forgetful in switching off the lights when leaving the room.
To remedy this situation, you may install motion sensor lights in different rooms of your house. If the sensor detects there is no movement in the area, the lights will automatically turn off. Motion sensor lights are inexpensive and can easily be installed.
Using Energy-Efficient Bulbs
Switching to LED or CFL bulbs from incandescent ones is a major game-changer. Not only do these bulbs last longer, but they are 90 percent brighter. Furthermore, they are inexpensive.
Installing Sustainable Flooring
Opt for low-maintenance, eco-friendly flooring not only for the interior of your house but also for your garage floor. Floors made of materials such as hardwood, cork, bamboo, and concrete provide good insulation and are stylish. Even with everyday wear and tear, they are sure to last a lifetime.
Growing Indoor Plants
Plants inside your house act as natural air filters to ensure that your family is breathing fresh and clean air. Accordingly, indoor plants help boost creativity, improve mood, and reduce respiratory-related illnesses. Aloe Vera, spider plant, and snake plant are some top indoor greenery that produce a lot of oxygen.
Using Organic Cleaning Products
Acid-based cleaning products cause harm to the environment more than we can imagine. Choosing organic cleaning solutions is much better if we want to help save mother nature.
Use baking soda, lime, or vinegar instead when cleaning your house. Increasingly becoming popular nowadays are steam cleaners. This technology allows you to clean any dirt without the use of any cleaning product ━ just water.
Washing Clothes in Cold Water
Unless you are dealing with stubborn stains, you can still have clean clothes if you use cold water when washing them. Energy Star noted that washing machines use up to 90 percent of the energy just by heating water alone. By skipping the heating process, you help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Buying Preloved Clothes
Heed Macklemore’s advice and go to thrift shop stores when shopping for clothes next time. Global consumerism negatively impacted the environment through its production process. Manufacturing new items, especially those made of synthetic fiber, requires a lot of resources and energy. By buying secondhand clothes, you help reduce the release of waste and toxins to the environment.
It is both an individual and collective responsibility to help save our environment. By doing any of these steps, in your little way, you help build a greener and brighter world for the future generation.