The effects of global warming are already too obvious to ignore. This environmental issue has been a cause of concern for decades, but it is even more disturbing now as the planet goes through odd climate changes and experiences bizarre weather phenomena.
If there’s a silver lining in this sad state that our planet is in, maybe it’s the fact that more and more people are assuming responsibility and taking proactive steps to help alleviate the problem. What’s even better is that they’re starting with their own homes. And while we all know the positive impacts of sustainable living on the environment, its benefits to the pocket are just as remarkable.
Do you wish to have a home remodel and turn your home to an eco-friendly abode but don’t know where to start? Well, here are a few simple ideas on how you can help save the planet – and some money too.
Conserve water whenever possible
People often make the mistake of thinking that “sustainability” only refers to savings in energy consumption. You see, pursuing a truly sustainable lifestyle means attempting to reduce waste in any way you can – water conservation included. But conserving water is one of those things that’s easier said than done.
How many times have you left the tap running while brushing your teeth or used too much water when showering? If you really want to take sustainable living seriously, then you have to be more mindful of how you use your resources.
Add touches of greenery indoors
Indoor plants are more than just decorations; they help improve the air quality inside your home and keep the space cool. Adding several potted plants inside your home will make your living areas feel fresher and eliminate the need to turn on the AC.
Invest in better home insulation
A well-insulated home can hold in more heat, which means you don’t have to use too much energy to warm the place up during cold days. Your roof, doors, walls, and windows account for much of the heat loss in your home, so make sure they’re properly sealed and in good condition. You can also double-glaze your windows and use area rugs to prevent air from slipping through gaps.
Investing in proper insulation reduces your energy consumption and is an excellent way to improve the eco-friendliness level of your home.
Choose energy-efficient home appliances
Go for energy-efficient appliances whenever possible. If you’re planning to buy new ones, make sure to pick those with an “Energy-star” logo because they use at least 20% less energy than the ones without.
Switch to LED lights
Running an eco-friendly household means investing in lightbulbs and light fixtures that share the cause. Incandescent bulbs eat way too much electricity. They’re not good for the environment or the pocket.
If you haven’t switched to LED lights yet, do so now! LEDs are every budget-conscious homeowner’s answered prayer. They are not only 75% more energy-efficient; they tend to last for a very long time too.
Ask an expert
There are so many things you can do to take your property’s green credentials to the next level. And if you have the budget to spare, we suggest you talk to a sustainability consultant in your area or speak with local builders who have extensive experience in sustainable structures. With their help, you can transform your home into the eco-friendly haven you’ve always wanted.
The tips mentioned above are basic and simple, but they’re enough to start the change we strive for. Any move – no matter how small – can make a difference. This planet is our home. Let’s all help save it.
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