The number of people who are becoming more and more eco-friendly is growing by the day.
People are beginning to realize that our planet and we as species are in great danger of extinction because we are being reckless in using the natural resources Earth has to offer.
Even though it might seem irrelevant, if we all make one small change in respect to the way we live and use energy, water, and other natural resources, we can make a huge positive impact on our environment.
Read on to find about some small ways to make your home more eco-friendly, which are a great step towards an eco-friendly world.
How To Have A More Eco-Friendly Home
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1. Conserve water
Households often use enormous amounts of water, of which a lot is simply wasted.
If you want to make your home more eco-friendly, you should be more considerate of your water usage.
First, check for and fix any leaks in your home – this can cause gallons of wasted water down the drain. However, if your home doesn’t have any leaks – great, but you still have work to do.
For example, to save a tremendous amount of water, don’t run the water while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving. It might seem like a small step, but it means saving quite a lot of water.
People in Australia have taken this seriously and a vast majority of them (86%) turn off the water while brushing their teeth.
Next, it is very popular as well as efficient to install a low-flow showerhead low-flow showerhead – some studies have shown that these magical shower heads save up to 42.000 gallons of water for a family of 4.
Shorten your showers to 5 minutes total and you’ll save up to 1000 gallons a month!
Consider installing an eco-friendly toilet in your bathroom as they will save up to 13.000 gallons of water a year. Follow in the eco-friendly footsteps of Australians – of whom a staggering 87% installed a dual flush toilet in their house to save water when flushing, a recent study has shown.
2. Save electric energy
You can easily make every room in your home more eco-friendly by installing LED lights.
Besides using less electricity, they last longer than regular light bulbs. Figures show that they use 75% less energy and they last 25 times longer than traditional, incandescent ones.
Another waste of electric energy are lights turned on in rooms where nobody’s present. Remember to turn off the light when you leave the room. And if you can’t, install light sensors, which will automatically turn off the lights when nobody’s there.
Moreover, unplug any appliances and devices that are not used frequently and check that your freezer and fridge are not working too hard – set them to optimal temperatures.
And whenever possible, line dry your laundry instead of turning on a dryer, which is a huge energy consumer.
3. Heat and cool your home the eco-way
Heat and cold are weather conditions that can be used to warm up and cool down your home in a natural way if used correctly.
In order to create a green and healthy home, take a look at some useful tips and ways to do that.
People living in sunny and hot continents such as Africa and Australia have the opportunity to use natural sunlight to heat their home. And the way to do that is to open up the drapes and blinds and let the sunshine in.
It will cost you nothing, and you’ll still be able to heat your home in colder days.
However, so much heat is a double-edged sword, because in hot summer days what you need the least is more heat!
Air-condition is definitely not an eco-friendly option as it will use a lot of energy to cool down the whole house.
Instead, it is better to use an eco-friendly alternative of installing pergolas, which, when placed in the right way provide enough shade for your home and in turn, they lower your electric bill since they don’t use any electricity.
4. Recycle And Buy Recycled
Recycling is an excellent eco-friendly trend, whether you recycle or buy recycled products.
By recycling, we reuse the sources that were already used and there’s no unnecessary waste of resources.
People recycle many things from cans and kitchen rolls to paper and they also purchase many recycled products such as mobile phones and gaming consoles.
People nowadays can even buy recycled furniture made entirely from eco-friendly resources such as 100% natural latex, eco-wool, and organic cotton, locally sourced or reclaimed wood, and recycled fabric.
Going all green isn’t an easy and cheap step, but it is a step worth taking.
Start slowly, by introducing your home to a new eco-friendly way every week.
You’ll feel good about yourself, preserve the Earth’s ever-decreasing resources, recycle and on top of it all – sleep peacefully knowing you’re doing your best to save the planet.
This is a Guest Post by Author Mia Johnson.
Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year-long career in journalism. Recently, writing on behalf of Aspect Shade from Sydney. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden
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