How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Reducing your home’s negative impact on our planet does not have to require a great amount of work. The most popular ways of making your home more eco-friendly are installing solar panels and temperature-regulating walls, but you can do more. There are a lot of simple and creative ways to turn your household into a greener, eco-friendly one.

How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

  1. Replace your bulbs: LED bulbs can last up to ten times longer compared to conventional incandescent bulbs. LED lights are also cost-effective, more efficient and mercury-free.
  2. Use multi-socket extension leads and turn them off when you’re not using them. This can reduce your home’s energy consumption by up to 15%.
  3. Unplug your TV when not in use to save on electricity. Televisions are often left on standby for around 17 hours per day.
  4. Open the blinds during the day to let the sunlight in. You can save 10% on heating by doing this.
  5. Turn down your thermostat. You can save as much as $90 yearly if you turn down your thermostat by 1 degree Fahrenheit.
  6. Thinking about buying new appliances? Consider switching to Energy Star-qualified appliances because they typically use 10%-50% less energy than conventional models.
  7. Your refrigerator consumes a lot of energy. Move it to a dim area because exposing it direct sunlight will force it to work harder just to keep cool. Also teach your family members or housemates to avoid unnecessary peeking into the fridge as it may cost $28-$56 annually. Make sure to keep at least 3 inches space between the fridge and the wall to ensure proper airflow.
  8. Compost your kitchen scraps. It not only reduces the amount of household waste in the landfill, but it also decreases the costs of garbage collection.
  9. Reduce the need for commercial cleaning products by switching to natural alternatives. One example is vinegar, a natural way to kill bacteria, germs and mold in your kitchen.
  10. Make sure your cookware is also energy-efficient. Use glass, silicone or ceramic dishes in preparing your food. They are the most efficient to use in the oven because they can reduce the cooking temperature required.
  11. Looking to keep your home smelling fresh all day? Use essential oils and non-aerosols instead of synthetic sprays and fragrances.
  12. One great way of improving indoor air quality is by growing houseplants in your living room, kitchen and bedroom.
  13. Give your bedroom a makeover. If you’re thinking of getting a new mattress soon, choose something that has not been treated with synthetic chemicals and toxic materials. You should also consider switching to organic cotton sheets or sustainable bamboo fiber sheets instead.
  14. Keep the oven door closed as much as possible while cooking. The oven’s temperature drops 25-30 degrees every time you open the door to check your food.
  15. Make use of the good summer weather to grill out more often. Using an oven during the summer months forces the AC to work harder, which increases your electric bill.

 

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