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Easy Things To Do To Achieve An Eco-Friendly Home

Some people think that to achieve an eco-friendly home, they actually have to renovate it with solar panels for energy and an expensive water collection and purifying system. Sure, that would be great, but you can actually make your existing home more environmentally friendly by just doing a few simple things. Here are a few easy things to do to achieve an eco-friendly home.

Eco-Friendly Home

1. Saving Electricity

The usual energy saving tips are popular tips because they are easy to do and they are quite effective. Switching off lights, the TV, and other appliances when not in use or if not necessary is the easiest thing you can do to save electricity.

Another less obvious way of saving electricity is to unplug appliances and chargers for phones, cameras, and other gadgets. Keeping these chargers plugged even without a device connected to them still uses up electricity.

Advances in technology is now making it easier for us to conserve energy on a small scale. Traditional light bulbs and halogen bulbs are huge energy hogs, so it is best to replace them with the latest generation LED lights that are designed to save energy.

2. Saving Water

Let’s focus first on the obvious ways to save water. First, don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, or washing your face. Even if it only takes a couple of minutes to do these things, leaving the water running wastes so much. Another really easy thing to do to conserve water is to take showers instead of baths. Baths can be very relaxing so it’s great to have one every once in awhile, but on a daily basis, it’s better to take showers.

When using water outside the house, it’s best to use a water bucket or a watering can instead of using a hose.

A less obvious way of conserving water is to actually check your taps for leaks. The small leaks that causes small drips may not seem much when you’re looking at it, but if it’s been going on for a while now and you’re not doing anything about it, you’ll be wasting a lot of water in the long run.  High quality mixer cartridges in your taps can ensure that leaks will not occur.

3. Recycling

Everybody needs to understand that recycling is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint even if it would seem that it doesn’t have any real effects at home. What you do at home, particularly how you handle your garbage, is also part of keeping your home eco-friendly. Make it a habit to group together recyclable materials together for easier processing. Some of the most common recyclable materials include paper, plastics, aluminum, batteries, clothing, garden waste, certain types of food, and even mobile phones.

4. Smarter Heating

Heating may not be applicable to some areas, but for people living in a colder climate, it is essential. There are plenty of ways to cut down on usage, which cuts down on energy use as well.

First of all, if you can wear thicker clothing, you can skip using your home heating system. If you’re up for some renovation, you can make sure that your home is properly insulated and if you want, you can also fit draught excluders to really keep the cold out and the warmth in. Finally, you can install a heat pump if you still don’t have one to generate not just heating, but hot water as well.

Making your home a little friendlier to the environment does not take a lot of effort, so there really is no excuse for any of us not to do it.
photo credit: Paul Hudson