Eco-friendly changes to make at home

Between stories of the COVID-19 pandemic and global warming-related disasters, its easy to feel a great sense of futility. But is there anything that you can do in your capacity to make a positive impact on the environment? The answer is in the affirmative. That is to say, there are specific lifestyle changes that can help you significantly minimise your ecological footprint. These changes are essential to propel us towards a healthier future for our planet as well as humanity in general. Here are a few eco-friendly changes to make at home to help you go green.

Everyday eco-friendly changes

Many people are surprised to realise just how simple the efforts required to make eco-friendly changes are. After all, these changes hardly affect our everyday lives

Recycle plastics

Firstly, you need to make a change towards using fewer plastics in your home. Moreover, consider recycling and reusing single-use plastics. Simply put, decrease, recycle and endeavour to eradicate plastic use. Also, explore variously reusable, compostable and biodegradable alternatives to plastic.

Paper products

Secondly, you need to explore ways to use less paper in your home. But, how will using less paper have to do with reducing your carbon footprint? The more demand humankind has for paper products the more trees that will have to be cut to meet that demand. Keep in mind, the importance of trees cannot be understated. Trees are responsible for cleaning our air our water of harmful toxins. Moreover, trees provide us with the oxygen we need to survive. With this in mind, reduce your reliance on paper products and explore more sustainable alternatives.

Cleaning products

One aspect that is often overlooked when it comes to going green in our homes is the use of cleaning products. A large number of cleaning products contain dangerous and harmful toxins that can cause serious damage to our eco-systems. As such, consider swapping your cleaning products with green alternatives. Green cleaning products are not only good for the environment, but they are also better for our families.

Energy

Laundry

One great way to significantly reduce your energy consumption is to use cold water when doing your laundry. Your washing machine will require 75% more energy just to run a warm cycle. Besides this, you can also skip the dryer and using a drying rack instead.

Electronics

You should switch off and unplug any electronics that are not in use. This is because electronics continue to use energy even when they are switched off. Thus, electronics that remain plugged in can quickly pile up your energy consumption as well as your energy costs.

Lights

Replace all incandescent lightbulbs with more energy-efficient lightbulb options. This is particularly important as it will allow you to use up to 75% less energy for your lighting needs. In addition, energy-efficient lightbulbs also last longer in comparison to incandescent lightbulbs.

Insulation

Another great way to reduce your energy bills is to use less of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. This can be achieved by properly insulating your home.

Plumbing

Leaky faucets

Any leaky or dripping faucets and pipes need to be repaired or replaced immediately. This is because leaks can waste a lot of water and add to your water bills.

Upgrade your toilet

It is no hidden fact that older toilets use significantly more water than newer green options. Spending money now on a more energy-efficient toilet will save a lot of money in the long-run.

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