Save the environment (and your wallet) with these four home sustainability tips
In recent years, developers have been building more and more homes with environmentally friendly features, such as solar panels and smart meters. As Americans become more educated about the importance of creating eco-friendly homes, they are increasingly looking for ways to make their current residences more sustainable. If you’re pondering how to make your home more sustainable without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered.
Reuse and Recycle
Creating a more sustainable residence doesn’t need to cost thousands of dollars. You can start by making small changes (such as by using real plates instead of paper ones and reusable dishrags instead of disposable ones). Consider buying biodegradable trash bags and packing your lunch in glassware instead of plastic baggies. Take a tote bag to the grocery store instead of asking for paper or plastic ones while there, and opt for reusable cloths instead of paper towels when cleaning your home. By implementing these simple steps, you can make your home more sustainable (even if you’re on a shoestring budget).
Insulate Your Home
One of the simplest ways to make your home more sustainable is by making sure your walls and ceilings are well-insulated, which will help reduce energy expenses. You might also want to install double-glazed windows to reduce noise and keep warm air from escaping.
Buy Sustainable Household Items
You probably don’t have the money to go out and replace all of your appliances with energy-efficient ones. But when one of your appliances eventually kicks the bucket, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient version to save you thousands of dollars in the long run. From installing low-flow toilets and showerheads to purchasing energy-efficient washers and dryers, replacing your everyday household items with more sustainable options will gradually transform your home into an eco-friendly environment. Fixing leaky pipes can save thousands of dollars, while swapping out regular light bulbs for eco ones is a simple yet inexpensive way to make your home more sustainable.
Try Your Hand at Composting
Looking for a way to make your yard more sustainable? Start by making your own compost pile. Simply put down a layer of carbon (think leaves and small twigs), top it with a layer of nitrogen (like grass clippings and vegetable scraps) and top it off with a layer of topsoil. You’ll want to occasionally stir your compost pile and dry it to ensure proper distribution. You can use the compost as a natural fertilizer for your garden and plants. Compost is not only good for the environment because it prevents you from throwing vegetable scraps, eggshells, and other perishable items into a landfill; it also serves as free plant fertilizer.
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