We spend a lot of our time at home – especially these days. So what better time than now to start making your home a sustainable paradise?
Things to Do for a Sustainable Home
Think about your water usage. Taking shorter showers, or even simply turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving can decrease how much water you’re using unnecessarily!
- Sustainable swap: Install a low-flow showerhead, which can save up to 160,000 liters of water for a household of four people.
Be mindful about leaving lights on. You don’t have to live in darkness, but turning off lights in areas of your home where you don’t need them is a great way to reduce your energy consumption.
- Sustainable swap: Switch your regular lightbulbs for energy-efficient lightbulbs like these.
Assess your household products. Household items like detergents, dish soaps, and other cleaners can be packed with chemicals that wash into water supplies, harming the earth. Usually, these chemicals aren’t too great for humans, either. Take a look at the ingredients of your products and see if you can swap any of them out for those with more natural ingredients.
- Sustainable swap: You can use natural items like baking soda, vinegar, or just plain alcohol for household cleaning. Or, click here for a rundown of some eco-friendly cleaning products.
Shop for eco-friendly home products. Look for reusable products when you can, like cloth napkins or kitchen towels.
- Sustainable swap: For disposable items like toilet paper, paper towels, or napkins, look for brands that use recycled paper, like these.
Try to avoid food waste. Cooking at home is a fun endeavor, but oftentimes groceries get forgotten in the back of the fridge, or leftovers go moldy. When grocery shopping, look for ingredients that can work for many meals, or will last a long time. If you have fresh produce at home, try to use it in meals within a few days. As for those leftovers – they make a great, easy lunch the next day, so eat them instead of tossing them out!
- Sustainable swap: Instead of using plastic tupperware to store your leftovers, check out these glass alternatives.
Think about installing solar energy panels. These are a big investment, and one that can take quite a few years to earn back (by selling energy back to the grid). However, solar panels are an opportunity to run your home on renewable energy and contribute to a better planet. Click here to read more about the benefits of solar panels for your home.
Assess your home’s insulation, and upgrade it if needed. Improving your home’s insulation is a great way to reduce your overall energy consumption. Think about repairing or getting new insulation, double-glazing windows to prevent loss of heating/cooling, or adding rugs to spaces with wood floors.