Environmental concerns are a big issue today and have been growing in its tableside discussion frequency for years. With the steady increase in human population — we have now exceeded the 7.5 billion mark — comes an increase in the use of natural resources. Across the globe, humans’ imprint on the world has far more significant effects that, if allowed to go unaltered, will be devastating to the place we all call home.
Fortunately, there are many ways our physical home can incorporate some changes that are not only good for us but also good for the environment. If “home is where the heart is,” our homes deserve to be clean, nurtured, and beautiful for satisfying our need for comfort, security, and love.
A More Efficient Home
Change all the bulbs
LED light bulbs are more efficient than traditional bulbs like fluorescent or incandescent bulbs, immediately saving hundreds of dollars in energy a year. Because they use less energy, they are an excellent option for a greener home. Additionally, LED bulbs don’t contain the harsh toxic chemicals that are harmful to consumers.
Use natural light
Using more natural light by opening blinds and windows not only brings outside, inside instantly brightening up and opening up a space, but doing so also cuts down on energy from lights and heat-generating devices.
Switch to gas
Gas is more energy-efficient than electricity. Although heating and cooling make up the majority of energy expenses in the home, incorporating natural gas energy sources can make a huge difference. Gas appliances may be a bit more costly upfront, but they quickly make up for and exceed the savings. Even better still, natural gas is more environmentally friendly, making the case for gas versus electricity an easy choice. All you need to do is find yourself the right provider and you are on your way to making notable savings.
But “going green” doesn’t have to look mean, spending a ton of money on sophisticated products. A home can be more eco-friendly by some minimal lifestyle changes around the home. Turning off lights when no one is in the room, turning off the water when it’s not in use, and even unplugging devices from walls are all useful, efficient, and simple modifications.
A Healthier Home
Welcome nature inside
Plants are a fantastic way to make a home greener. They not only beautify spaces but also have air-purifying capabilities. Many plants are rather easy to grow and maintain, so those concerned that they have a black thumb have plenty of low-maintenance options that still bring calming energy of life to any space.
Switch to natural cleaning products
Awareness is growing about all the chemicals used in everyday consumer products. Including in the criticism are household cleaning products. Now the market includes more lines that are catering to the eco-friendly crowd. If it’s one thing that makes a beautiful home, it’s a clean home. And now you can clean your home with natural supplies like vinegar, citrus, and baking soda.
So much trash ends up in the landfills, but conserving scraps for the garden is an easy and convenient way to reduce trash clutter, and give back to nature. Food scraps from dinner (except for meat) are great for making compost. Reusable materials like paper and cardboard can find multiple uses around the home.
A More Reliable Home
Another way to make a home more green is by utilizing today’s incredible technological advancements. Thanks to technology, our lives have been rewarded with more manageable tasks and less to keep up with.
Automation through apps
Home automation is buzzing. The use of smart devices from our phones to home appliances, we are now embracing an era that makes the “set it and forget it” a way of life. The good news is it’s not about laziness, but instead of implementing technology to control parts of our lives that would perform far better if not left up to our erring minds.
For instance, programmable thermostats can reduce the tendency to waste energy when the family isn’t home, or moderate conditions according to the weather. Digital thermostats today have sensor capabilities that adjust according to the environment.
Add to the list more safety precautionary devices like carbon monoxide detectors, solar-powered driveway lights, sprinkler systems you can put on a schedule, and your smart home will definitely be a beautiful and tasteful one.
Declutter the home to allow better airflow. Open windows and doors and be amazed by the effect of natural light and fresh air. Switch to energy-saving techniques. Then, remember every little change adds up to a better, more beautiful home.