Do you want to live off-grid but don’t want to give up modern comforts? Us either, we get it.
You don’t have to move to a commune and live in a yurt to help save the earth with your daily habits. Having an eco-friendly home comes down to small choices you make, like when to flush.
Learn some high-impact small changes you can make in this article.
1. Install a Smart Thermostat
What if you could make sure your home wasn’t heating or cooling itself unnecessarily? Like when you’re at work or school?
You can, if you invest in a smart thermostat. They’re a little pricy up front, but many people site that they save enough money on their energy bill to recoup that cost in the first year.
These units learn your routines and turn off the air or heat when you’re not home. It’s all AI and app-controlled. You can even set it to turn on a little before you get home so you walk in the door to a nice temperature.
It’s best to have an HVAC technician install it for you if you can afford the extra cost. If not, you can watch installation tutorials online.
2. Get a Low Flow Toilet
Have you ever walked into a public bathroom and found two options for flushing? There’s the one water droplet option and the two/three.
Those are low flow toilets that let you choose how much water to use with each flush. If you pee, you don’t need as much water in your flush as you would with solid waste.
Unfortunately, this means getting an entirely new toilet, but it’s worth the cost. You may not see a huge change in your water bill, but the earth will thank you.
With this new system you may want to consider the gross sounding but effective “if it’s yellow let it mellow” method. If there are a lot of people in your house, only flush every other time you or they pee.
It saves a lot of water and urine isn’t smelly. If you’re worried about it making your toilet dirty, invest in an in-bowl cleaner. Some of these are gel tablets that stick on or they can hang from the toilet bowl itself.
This will keep any proteins in the urine from building up in the bowl.
3. Add Window Tints
You know that heat comes through your windows, but so does UV light and that can damage your skin and furniture. If you live somewhere with bright sun or somewhere really hot, invest in UV window tints.
You can get these peel-off pieces of treated plastic on Amazon. You should notice your home staying a little cooler during the day and you’ll see less fabric fade on nearby pieces of furniture.
4. Use More Rugs
On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you live somewhere cold, did you know that rugs can help you save money? A room with a rug over non-carpeted floor will save about five percent more energy than a room without.
The rug traps cold air and keeps it from coming into the room. It’s also nicer to put your feet on in the morning than a cold floor, so it’s a win-win!
5. Skip the Lights During the Day
This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do it. If you have natural light in your home, you don’t need to use your electric lights during the day, at least, not as much.
The sunlight is free and doesn’t burn any fossil fuels to make. It’s also better for you than fake light. Getting the right amount of sunlight makes people happier and gets them their daily dose of vitamin D.
6. Switch to CFL
Are you still using old-school lightbulbs that burn out? You shouldn’t be. Everyone is either using LED or CFL bulbs in their homes now.
Not only are they more cost effective, but they’re also better for the earth. These light bulbs cost more up front, but they can last for years, replacing at least three incandescent bulbs.
And when it comes to energy, CFL bulbs save 66% of the energy normal light bulbs use. That translates into 400 pounds of greenhouse gas, just from switching one bulb! Talk about return on investment.
7. Ditch the Paper Towels and Napkins
You know what is doing some serious harm to the earth? Deforestation. It hurts animals and cuts down on the amount of carbon our atmosphere can process and turn back into oxygen. It also costs a lot of money to cut down and process all those trees.
You could use a designated cleaning sponge or a washcloth. The extra water it takes to clean these items is worth saving the trees you would be using.
Cloth napkins are much better for your budget and for the earth as well. Plus, using cloth at mealtimes is much classier!
8. Get an Eco-Friendly Garage Door
Did you know that there are eco-friendly garage doors? Well, you do now. These doors are made out of recycled materials but still protect your home.
They’re not only better for the earth, but recycled materials are denser and provide more insulation. You can start saving money every time you open the garage! Learn more about this trend with this useful link.
Your Eco-Friendly Home
Living an earth-friendly lifestyle at home isn’t hard, but it will take some time and patience. Even those of us who try to make conscious decisions have things we could do better in our daily routines.
What could you do better at home? Maybe cut out paper towels or flush less? Even taking shorter showers can make a difference for our children’s future.
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