If you are looking to update your home or if you are simply looking to live more sustainably, consider how you can change your home for the better. Our homes are the place we spend the majority of our time and if they aren’t being helpful to the planet, they can cause a big problem. When renovating a home, it’s the perfect time to choose sustainable options. There are several ways you can change your home to be more sustainable. Doing as little as one of the things on this list can make a difference.
Insulate your house well
A badly insulated home will lead to wasted energy. If all the heat is escaping through the roof of your home, you have to use more energy to pump heat into the house.
Insulation can come in several forms, from double-glazed windows to wall insulation. Look into your options and which will help you out the most to be as sustainable as possible.
By insulating well, you won’t have to use so much energy, and in doing so, it’ll help the planet.
Windows are another place where energy escapes. Replacing outdated windows with eco-friendly options can reduce your energy bill as well.
Minimize excess waste
When making changes to your house, whether a simple redecoration or a full-scale remodel, there will always be excess materials and unneeded building materials from demolition. By reducing the amount of waste, you reduce the pollution associated. With your leftover materials, try to recycle as much as possible. It’s also a good idea to try to reduce waste in everyday life by buying things with less packaging or finding ways to reuse items.
Use renewable energy sources
Where possible, using renewable energy sources can turn your home into a sustainable haven. There are several options available to you, so researching the renewable source that will suit your needs is important. However, companies like choosesolar work specifically with homes to bring sustainable solar energy.
Use local or native plant life for gardening
People rarely think about the garden when looking to make their homes more sustainable, but it’s something you should keep in mind. When gardening, it might be tempting to bring in the biggest, brightest, and most eye-catching plants to grow in your garden. However, doing this can often mess with local eco-systems.
Plus, the sale of exotic plants often carries unsustainable processes, like shipments and overusage of water. Using local plants will boost the local economy and keep your garden sustainable.
Choose efficient appliances
From lightbulbs to cooking appliances, ensuring you have bought efficient products will help out the environment. The more efficient an appliance, the less energy will be wasted. Not only will you be acting more sustainably, but your energy bill will be lower too! Win-win.
Making your home as sustainable as it can be
Sustainable living can appear difficult at first, but the sooner you put these changes into place, the sooner you can start to help the planet and your daily life. These changes to your home might seem expensive at first, but they will save you money over time. Often, once you’ve made these changes, you don’t ever have to make them again. This is one way you can be more sustainable in your life without too much effort on your side!
Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
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