Make Your Home More Environmentally-Friendly With These Simple Steps
Creating an environmentally-friendly home can be done gradually as time and budget allows. Some of the ideas listed below can be implemented immediately. A few of the suggestions require that you plan ahead, set aside some money in the budget and possibly get some assistance from professionals in specific fields. All of the ideas will result in a more eco-friendly home that will ultimately provide a healthier home environment and save you some money on your monthly expenses.
Remove all of the harmful cleaning products from your home and begin using eco-friendly cleaning products. Vinegar is inexpensive and is one of the best cleaning products you can have in your home. You can find a multitude of uses for vinegar and recipes for homemade cleaning products with one simple internet search. You can also use baking soda and essential oils. Getting rid of your household cleaners with harmful chemicals will make your home and your family healthier.
In The Bathroom
You can save money on your water bill and electric bill if you limit the time you’re in the shower and switch to a low flow shower head. Keep in mind that taking a hot shower is more expensive than showering in warm or cool water. One of the best things you can do is simply update the plumbing in your bathroom. Newer fixtures can make your water and energy use much more efficient.
Put a clothesline up outside and only use your clothes dryer when absolutely necessary. If you don’t have outdoor space or neighborhood restrictions will not allow an outdoor clothesline, invest in some of the modern style drying racks that can be mounted on the wall in your utility room or bathroom. Free standing drying racks are another option. By doing this, you will notice significant savings on your utilities.
You can almost watch your money go out the window if you have single-pane, poorly fitting windows. Replacing them with energy efficient windows is a money saving, eco-friendly home improvement. Even if you can’t get the expensive energy efficient models, simply getting newer windows that fit better will save you a lot of money in heating and cooling. Have a professional install your windows to be sure they fit properly.
You are losing a considerable amount of heat or cool air if your home is not properly insulated. Assess your situation and add insulation to the attic or other areas where the current amount of insulation is insufficient. This is a fairly cheap fix that can make a big difference.
You can make your home more environmentally friendly by choosing natural products for your flooring, counter tops and window treatment material. Purchasing furniture made from sustainable products or reclaimed wood is a good way to furnish your home in a eco-friendly manner.
Creating an eco-friendly home is a positive step for the environment. It is also a way to assure that you have designed a healthy home environment for your family. Transitioning to an environmentally- friendly lifestyle and creating a home environment that supports that lifestyle is not a difficult process. The key to success is dedication and diligence.
Informational credit to All-West Glass Ltd.
About Anita Ginsburg
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, real estate and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.