It is good to know that people across the world are becoming more and more eco-friendly. Making our home eco-friendly not only helps towards creating a sustainable environment, but it also saves money in the long run. Few simple hacks below can really help you go green.
Use of natural light
While electricity is essential, we tend to overuse it. Unless and until it really gets dark outside, use natural light as much as possible. Open the blinds, remove the curtains and let the room get soaked into natural light. This also helps you in saving on your electricity bills. Even if you need to switch on the lights, use energy efficient light bulbs or CFLs.
Install solar panels
The best way to have an eco-friendly home is to install solar panels. The photovoltaic panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity, which can be enough in running your household appliances. The installation may be expensive, but pays off in the long run with incremental savings.
Compost the waste
Instead of throwing away kitchen scraps and leftover food into the trash, treat them in an eco-friendly manner by turning them into compost. Store the waste in a compost bin, as composting prevents the food from decomposition and releases greenhouse gases. They can be further used for plant fertilization.
Saving water in every possible way is the first step towards having a sustainable and eco-friendly home. Fix the leaks immediately, if any, in order to avoid unnecessary drainage. Shortening your shower duration, turning off the tap while brushing/shaving etc, are small steps towards saving water.
Grow indoor plants
House plants can up the beauty quotient of your interiors. Not only that, it also purifies indoor air and gets rid of toxic contents of the air you inhale.
Embrace natural products for cleaning
Detergents and other cleaning products are loaded with chemicals hazardous for the environment. Hence, better to avoid them while cleaning. Natural cleaners like vinegar, citric acid and bicarbonate soda can be used as an alternative to caustic chemicals and thereby protect the environment.
Use the right paint
Whether you buy a new house or renovate the old one, make the right choice of paint that’s eco-friendly. Avoid paints with VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), which is not only hazardous to health but also pollutes the air. Use zero VOC paints that are environment friendly.
Being smart in kitchen can actually make your home eco-friendly. Turn on your gas to a medium range for better result, cover up your pan while cooking – these small actions will decrease the amount of heat that generates in your kitchen.
Buy recyclable products
Try and buy recycled products whenever possible. Everything from toilet tissue to kitchen roll can be of bio-degradable products. Avoid plastics as much as possible. Insist on paper bags and dump those polythene bags while you go shopping.
Check power losses
Switching off lights, fans and other appliances when not in use might look like an insignificant action but it has greater impacts. Saving power indirectly have bigger impact on CO2 emitted by power stations.
If we take simple steps at home to reduce the carbon footprint, then probably we are contributing to a greener environment.