They say that good habits start at home. One of these habits is caring for the environment. There are many ways to make your home more eco-friendly. Some of them are simple enough for anyone to be able to incorporate into their home life.
Having a more sustainable lifestyle at home can save you a lot of money, allowing you to budget more efficiently and worry less about your costs. Here’s a list of simple ways for you to lead a more sustainable lifestyle at home.
Harvest solar power
The sun is one of the Earth’s main sources of energy, so why not maximize the power that it gives us? Using solar power is not only better for the environment, it’s better for your wallet too. Consider installing a solar home battery in your house to harvest solar energy and convert it into electricity. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll save when your monthly electricity bills have lowered.
Wash your clothes in cold water
Heating water consumes 90% of the energy your washing machine generates. Save the water heating for more stubborn kinds of stains, such as oil stains. Cold water is also better for the maintenance and longevity of your clothes.
Recycle and compost
If you normally have a lot of leftovers that make you feel wasteful, worry not because there’s a way that you can put them to good use! Composting is a way in which solid wastes decompose. These wastes include kitchen waste (such as leftover foods) and yard waste (such as fallen leaves, grass and bush trimmings, and pet manure). The product, known as compost, makes an excellent fertilizer.
Grow a garden
Now that you’ve got fertilizer from composting, what are you going to do with it? Why flex your green thumb of course!
One of the most popular eco-friendly changes you can make to your home is planting a garden. This can have you reaping in many benefits. Gardening is a form of outdoor exercise, so it lowers your stress levels, improves your overall mood, and lets you soak up some essential vitamin D. Having more plants around your home will naturally clean the surrounding air.
We highly recommend starting your own vegetable patch if you haven’t already. Some of the vegetables and herbs you pick up from the supermarket actually traveled across oceans to get to you – even if they can be grown just as well in your country’s climate. That’s a lot of carbon emissions for something you can grow yourself.
Gardening also makes for an enjoyable family activity. If you have kids, make sure they’re part of the fun. Studies show that exposure to gardening and horticulture at a young age can actually lead children to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Showing them how food is grown will also help them develop an appreciation for the environment and other living things.
Another benefit of gardening is that plants provide you with naturally cooler air on those hot summer days. Studies show that having a vertical garden or green wall at home can actually decrease the surrounding temperature by as much as 12 degrees.
Be an eco-friendly pet owner
Sustainability extends to how you take care of your pets, too. Your pet also has a carbon footprint. This isn’t to say you should stop adopting pets for your household, but that there are ways to make caring for them more environment-friendly.
One way to sustainably care for your pet is to spay or neuter them. While it’s often heart-warming to see your pets have children of their own, you don’t have control of how many they have or how many you can accommodate. It’s also likely that your pet has offspring you don’t even know about – unless you keep an eye on them all day long, for all you know, they might have been mating with the neighbor’s pet or even a stray animal.
Stray animals are harmful to the native environment. Because they normally aren’t vaccinated, they’re more prone to getting diseases and infections and spreading them to other animal populations. Their fecal matter may also contain parasites that can contaminate sources of food and water. When spayed or neutered, a pet is also more likely to lead a healthier life. Like humans, pets are prone to a number of diseases, some of them fatal. Spayed or neutered pets have reduced risks for cancers and infections. They also have more balanced temperaments, as heat cycles and mating habits can make their moods volatile and even get them into fights with other animals.
Another way to incorporate sustainability into your pet care is to feed them with a more eco-friendly diet. If you’ve been feeding your pets with “human-grade” pet foods, please consider switching them to a better diet. Such pet foods contain prime meat cuts that humans also enjoy, such as parts of chickens and cows. These ingredients are taken from facilities that account for large amounts of human-generated carbon emissions. What’s more, many forests are burned to make way for the farms where animals are raised and bred for harvest. These human-grade pet foods aren’t necessarily healthier diets for your pets either. Your pets can still get the nourishment they need from pet foods that contain vegetables and non-meat proteins.
There are many ways to make your home life more sustainable. The ones we’ve listed are inexpensive and easy enough to make into habits. These eco-friendly home practices and installations are more energy-efficient and can help you cut down on costs. Many of these are beneficial not just to the environment, but also for you and your household – even your pets. Some of them even have fun with recreational activities that the whole family can do together.