A healthy home is a happy home. No matter if you live in a constantly polluted city in a small apartment or on an expanse of farmland in an open house, you must make an effort to keep your home healthy—for both your sake and the planet’s. As more and more people around the world focus on an environmentally friendly lifestyle, it’s important to recognize how your home contributes to your carbon footprint. If you want to ensure that you’re living a green lifestyle in all aspects of your life, take a look at these brilliant tips for making your home eco-friendly!
Invest in Eco-Friendly Paint
We all know that smell when you paint a room—you feel like you shouldn’t step foot in there for a few days. That “toxic” smell is full of Volatile Organic Compounds, which is just as bad for the environment as it is for your health. If you’re renovating this spring, switch over to eco-friendly indoor paint, and follow that up by carrying out healthy indoor painting practices. Your nose—and your air quality—will thank you!
Hopefully you follow through on recycling practices, so now it’s time to take it a step further and start composting. Don’t let those leftovers and kitchen scraps go to waste—turn them into compost. So much of the food we eat and throw away is actually produce that can we can compost. Place a bin into your garden (another important eco-friendly home aspect), fill it with any food waste, and then see how amazingly compost fertilizes your garden!
Update Your Insulation
Especially in the cooler months, proper insulation will save both your electric bill and the planet. With poor insulation, you risk all of that prime heating—or cooling in the warmer months—escaping your home. Your heating and cooling systems then work that much harder to output the requested energy. Before the summer hits, make sure your windows and attic insulation are updated and secured.
Smarten Up Your Thermostat
A smart thermostat is just what your home needs. If you’re not at home, set your thermostat to a regulated temperature that won’t skyrocket your bills. Then, you can set it to turn the heat or AC on once you’re close to home. This will heavily reduce your home’s energy output. These smart technologies are an investment, but they’re generally much better for the environment.
Fix Any Leaks
Your faucet that’s constantly leaking, your toilet that constantly runs, and the shower that drips nonstop? All these things are a terrible waste of water—you may think that it’s not that big of a deal, but all those drips and leaks add up and waste ample water. In fact, one drop every second adds up to five gallons of wasted water a day. Our planet is running low on water, so you and your home need to do your part in conserving water. Get those leaks fixed now!