Budget-Friendly Hacks For a Green Home
One of the most common questions on the web today is how to go green or Eco-Friendly.
Most people think it immediately means homes powered by wind or solar panels, or a tricky process for recycling. That’s not the case.
In fact, you can go green with basic things like turning the lights off when you go out of the room or turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth!
Going green isn’t just a trend. It’s a must now for people everywhere!
And when it comes to homeowners, what would it mean to go green in your house like adding flowers? Do you need to purchase those fancy solar-powered generators? What if you don’t have the budget to switch out all your furniture and appliances with eco-friendly models? What if you’re already settled in your place? Would you need to get a full renovation project done?
The short answer to that – no, you don’t have to do a whole makeover (right now, at least).
Even if you’ve been living in your home for the last handful of years, there are lots of ways that you can go green. That’s why, for this post, we’ll show you some handy techniques on how to have an eco-friendly home!
From the obvious ones like preserving water and electricity, to making your A/C work for you, we’ll teach you some amazing, budget-friendly hacks for a green home.
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Practical Tips to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
Whether you stay in a flat, a studio, a bungalow, or a townhouse, there’s always something you could do to help the earth and go green. Here are several practical tips to make your home eco-friendly!
Reduce Electricity Costs
This could be as basic as adjusting your habits in the home. What do we mean by that?
Well, everyone’s guilty of forgetting to switch off a light before leaving a room, or removing a cord after use. And we understand. But simple things like that can make the difference.
This is specifically crucial for kitchen appliances like rice cookers, microwaves, kettles, and induction stoves.
Yes, they might not be turned on or in use, but just being plugged into a socket consumes electricity. You’ll be amazed to see just how much you can save on your next electricity statement.
Product-wise, if you’re in the market for replacements, go green on everything.
The Energy Star symbol is a terrific indicator of an item’s eco-friendliness, but you should still do your homework before going out to shop.
Appliances? Get certified eco-friendly brands!
Gadgets? Be sure they’re energy-efficient models!
Fixtures? Swap your old ones out for some environment-friendly types. For starters, upgrade your bulbs with LEDs or CFLs. It’s a little pricey, but it will pay off within a couple of months.
So you’ve started on your green initiative, and now you’ve been segregating your garbage into biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and toxic waste (as you should). What’s next?
Take it up to a new level and do compost!
How? There are four unique ways to do so. RENT Café has a fantastic step-by-step tutorial for every compost method, listed here.
– Composting with Worms
– Electric Composter
– Bokashi, or “fermented organic matter”
– Collection Services
Conserve Your Water
It may seem like a tired reminder, but trust us, it works.
Things like flushing less, cutting showers short, and waiting until you’ve got a full load before using the washing machine and dishwasher are great ways to save water.
Switching off your water gauge lever when you head out of the house can also spell the difference in your water bill.
You will also find that merely turning off your faucet when you’re not using it works miracles for your water usage. It will take some getting used to, and it could even seem bothersome when you’re cleaning dishes or brushing your teeth.
But remember, all of this work will get you a greener home and will save you a good amount of money on your utility bills.
From REVA University
Make Your A/C Work For You
Complicated and even impossible as it might sound, but you can make your HVAC unit work for you.
Make sure to wash your air filters regularly. Experts recommend getting it professionally cleaned at least every six months to ensure every last speck is wiped clean.
The regular cleaning will make certain your filter doesn’t put stress on your HVAC system and push your bills up the roof.
As for heating, you could also get a programmable thermostat so that it will only be in use when it’s really needed.
And to add to that, you should make sure to bundle up as needed when we get into the colder parts of the year. This doesn’t mean you never use your heat, no. It just means you wouldn’t have to turn the heat all the way up if you’re dressed for the weather.
Your pockets – and the environment – will thank you for it in the long run.
Shop for Organic and Recycled Products
If you’re about to move into a new house or considering replacing some things in your place like adding flowers, this is a good way to practice being green.
You won’t only be able to reuse and recycle, you’ll give your place a distinct, one of a kind aesthetic without paying a ridiculous amount of money.
Obviously, you’ll need to ensure you get something of quality too so you don’t wind up replacing it within a few months. We advise visiting your local antique shops, flower shops, flea markets, or visit Craigslist to canvas for possible furniture pieces.
Make sure you check the quality and durability of your items when you do shop for new furniture if you can’t find anything good (which we doubt).
Here are several things you can consider to review if you’re shopping for sustainable furniture:
– Made of supplies coming from renewable sources (e.g. salvaged wood, recycled textiles, stone, porcelain, etc.).
– NOT made from exotic wood that could involve deforestation.
– Made with minimal chemicals and toxins that contaminate the environment.
– Made with the local components, by local producers – will save you transportation and delivery costs.
– Made in a country that practices green building practices.
– Finished with water-based paint, finish, or stain.
– NOT sprayed with chemicals to resist stains.
From Sea Green Designs LLC
The last point is particularly relevant because more and more manufacturers use chemicals that are toxic to people and the environment alike.
And the thing is, people don’t understand just how toxic these chemicals are. Anything from paints, fabrics, and building materials, if they’re made with chemicals, can unleash VOCs, or volatile organic compounds.
VOCs, when released in the air, can trigger allergies, migraines, and even asthma attacks. And as we’re all spending much more time indoors in the modern era, the health hazards of VOCs are ever more present.
You’ll also have to be sure your linens and other textile items have first-class fabric and will last at least a few years. Organic cotton is a fantastic fabric, so go for it if you have the budget.
When doing your regular house cleaning and general upkeep, stay out of chemical solutions and products.
Make the effort to search for homemade recipes for cleaning products. You might be surprised to see that there’s a homemade solution to nearly any stain and a stubborn spot in your home.
Whatever your first steps are to having an eco-friendly home, it counts. Check out this infographic from Creative Market for a short run-through of what we just talked about.
Photo by Maria Ilves