I get it, climate change can be overwhelming.
Turn on the news on any given day and it is environmental doom and gloom.
I am not going to sugar coat this…
Reversing the damaging effects of climate change will require action on a global scale.
There are choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the planet and environment.
And just think if you do it, and your friends, and your neighbors, and thousands of others, what a difference can be made!
Making your home eco-friendly is a start to make a real difference.
10 Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Home
1. Use Energy Efficient Light Bulbs- LED bulbs are vastly more energy-efficient than the filament bulbs, which means the carbon footprint of a home can be greatly reduced without switching off the lights.
2. Use Low VOC Paint- when painting us low VOC paint. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These are hazardous carbon-based chemicals that are found inside the paint and can evaporate into the air., and when they evaporate, they contribute to pollution and poor health.
3. Energy Efficient Appliances- Install energy-efficient stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves and more. These energy-efficient appliances will reduce your energy consumption. Not only are they a good way to go green, but the savings really add up over time.
4. Locally Sourced Materials- Use materials (anything from basic wood and steel to cabinets and countertops) that are made locally or as close to your location as possible. Doing so eliminates extra shipping and trucking of materials, which adds pollutants into the air.
5. Install Greywater Systems- Find ways to reuse greywater. Greywater is the water from your home that is only lightly used. The water that is washed down the drain, shower, tub, or washing machine. This water is safe to use in many ways, such as outdoor irrigation.
6. Work Towards Net Zero Energy Home- Net zero means that your home can create its own energy, and the amount it creates is equal or greater to the amount of energy you consume. Use good insulation and energy-efficient features, as well as a renewable energy source like solar panels.
7. Green Home Certification- A green home certification such as LEED measures new homes on various categories (like water efficiency, materials, resources, energy use and so on) then gives you a score based on how green your home is. If you reach a certain level, you can get a green home certification which increases home value and verifies you are doing your part to help the planet.
8. Solar Roofing- Solar roofing is an excellent option for sustainable roofing. It helps improve energy conduction and lower your energy bills and carbon footprint.
9. Smart Window Treatments- Most energy efficient windows today have tighter seals and special glazing on the glass that keeps the exterior air out. Popular window treatments such as shutters, blackout curtains, and smart curtains are excellent ways to diminish outside air and light permeation, which can reduce wasted energy and costs.
10. Water Conservation- Install low-flow toilets, water-saving showerheads, timed sprinklers, bidet attachments, and smart toilets. Each of these uses water properly and avoid wasting excess.
Make Eco-Friendly Home Improvements
As the world becomes more and more environmentally aware, making eco-friendly improvements to your home just makes sense. Having the latest green improvements will lower your carbon footprint and your energy bills. A win-win!
It also improves the resell value of a home and can attract more high-end renters.
Want more ideas on going green and being eco-friendly? Live Simple Eco offers tools and step by step guides to help you reach your natural living goals. Being passionate about reversing environmental damage, I am passionate about helping you succeed in learning how to be environmentally aware and reducing your carbon footprint.
What Eco-Friendly changes have you made?