Water, electricity, gas and oxygen- as you may have discovered by now, these are no longer considered unlimited resources. That is why people are now being encouraged to green their homes. It’s a simple way to help the environment. Not hooked with the trend just yet? You should greatly consider it now. Why? An eco-friendly home is said to be easier on the wallet and healthier for your body. Even if you’re not starting fresh with a new house, you can adapt your existing one to become more eco friendly. Check out the tips below.
Eco-friendly Home Tips
1. Change the bulbs
In the previous years, people were encouraged to use CLF (compact fluorescent light) over ordinary bulbs because these can let you save for up to 75% on energy. CLF bulbs contain mercury though. Although they cost more, LED bulbs are safer, last longer, and will let you save more than CLF.
2. Use eco-friendly paint
If you plan to renovate or is just putting up your new home, then use eco-friendly paint. Most of the paints available in the market contain volatile organic compounds (VOC). These can linger in a room for several weeks. VOCs can cause heart, lung, or kidney damage. Eco-friendly paints contain lower amounts of VOCs.
3. Replace traditional fireplaces
Yes, traditional fireplaces can heat up the whole house, but these pose a threat to your health with the invisible gas emissions being released. The toxic gases are considered dangerous to the environment too. Modern fireplaces that use bioethanol is a better option as it eliminates the unseen health risk, as well as helps maintain cleaner air outside.
4. Buy energy-efficient appliances
While shopping at an appliance store, you may have noticed the energy rating label attached to household items such as refrigerators and air conditioners. These are energy-efficient appliances. The higher the rating, the better as this will give you higher savings. They are pricier than the ones that don’t have them, but appliances do not break down easily and you will be using them for several years. Buying the energy efficient types will let you save on electrical costs.
5. Upgrade the toilet bowl
A simple change in the bathroom will let you save water. Newer toilet bowl models now only use a minimal amount of water. Water flushed down the toilet consist 40% of your water consumption. The newer models will only let you use two gallons with each flush.
6. Be Green – literally!
Create a garden in your home. If you want to save even more on food, consider planting organic vegetable produce in your backyard. If you have a small space like an apartment, you can just use pots or plant boxes and place these over the window. One to two plants make a lot of difference in lessening carbon dioxide in the air.
Helping the environment by making your home eco-friendly is considered helping yourself in the process too. You keep your water and electrical consumption low, allowing you to save more. Plus, you become healthier as you make the quality of the air you breathe cleaner. So whether it’s a simple landscaping project or a total interior home renovation, consider doing it the eco-friendly way.
Mark Brandon says that building inspection is his turf, but this has also allowed him to learn something about interior and exterior decorating, as well as gardening basics. Whenever he learns something new, he shares this at Safe and Sound Property Inspections and in blogs like this one. He’s very family-oriented and loves being in the shed or help his mates with their houses.