Make Your Home More Environmentally-Friendly With These Simple Steps

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.

Cleaning Products

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.

Laundry Routine

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.

Windows

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.

Insulation

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.

Natural Products

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.

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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.

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4 Responses to “Make Your Home More Environmentally-Friendly With These Simple Steps”

  1. JoeNo Gravatar 26. Jun, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    what a sentimental story…………………….:)))

  2. janeleonardNo Gravatar 27. Jun, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Eco-friendly homes sounds really great!! It can definitely cause positive vibes among people if every one turns to be an environmental lover thus encouraging nature to grow and not abandon it

  3. wsnNo Gravatar 27. Jun, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I will have to disagree with the statement:

    “Purchasing furniture made from sustainable products or reclaimed wood is a good way to furnish your home in a eco-friendly manner.”

    Reclaimed wood typically use adhesives that could emit harmful gases such as Formaldehyde. Particle board is the worst. Instead, if budget allows, use hardwood plywood for kitchen cabinets and furniture to create a more healthy environment.

  4. law office of Marlyn J. Wiener, P.ANo Gravatar 10. Jul, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    It was a great information. I think everyone should follow this. Eco friendly homes are just awesome, you feel very fresh and healthy and it also brings positive energy into the house.

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