Climate change is an ever-present concern and our everyday individual choices either reduce or add to the overall impact we have on the environment.
As an increasing number of people are becoming aware of the importance of being sustainable, the significance of reducing our environmental footprint has garnered a lot of attention.
Charity starts at home and so does sustainable and green living.
Being eco-friendly doesn’t require much as the simple changes you make go a long way in making a difference.
Here are six simple changes you can make at home to promote sustainability and a greener way of living:
1 – Ensure that Your Big Purchases are Environment-Friendly
Let’s face it, some of our domestic purchases require a significant upfront investment like kitchen renovation, air source heat pump installation or a fuel-efficient family car.
While these purchases constitute as essential purchases, that doesn’t mean you don’t have the scope to save money and resources in the long run.
Opt for fuel and energy-efficient alternatives to save thousands on gas money while simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint.
If you are buying a new dishwasher or a washing machine or any appliance for that matter, ensure that you purchase ones with Energy Star labels.
These are more efficient and will save you money on your energy bills.
2 – Use Green Household Cleaners
Throw away toxic cleaners both in your kitchens and for other general cleaning and opt for their green counterparts as this will help counter air pollution both indoors and outdoors while significantly improving the air quality.
What’s more, green cleaning agents will minimize the risk of exposure to various allergies and asthma. Harmful chemicals pose a threat not only to your overall health and well-being but also to the environment at large.
Look for green, plant-based products from trusted companies who work with sustainable products.
3- Upgrade Up Your Home Insulation
Upgrading the insulation in your home to prevent the escaping and leaking of air through cavities, windows, walls and doors can add to your energy efficiency efforts by at least 25%.
Perhaps redoing the entire insulation of your home might be over your budget but you can still improve insulation in various parts of your home.
Try thermal shades to help block the sun’s rays in summer and preserve heat in winter. You can also try using low-cost options like a draft guard right outside your doors to consume less power thereby improving your carbon footprint.
4 – Donate Items Instead of Throwing them Out
Reuse and recycling of items will come to your rescue especially when you are consciously trying to adopt a sustainable way of life.
If estimates are to be believed, every piece of clothing you donate, you help reduce 27 pounds of carbon emissions. So instead of simply dumping things you no longer need, donate them, sell them off or simply give it away to charity.
5 – Green Up Your Home
To improve the fuel efficiency of your car, you carry out regular maintenance and upkeep. Similarly, when you pay attention to home maintenance, it will help enhance its energy efficiency.
Ensure that your home has adequate insulation, sealed windows and doors, a good thermostat for efficient temperature control and energy-saving light bulbs.
Consider getting an energy audit done so that you can weed out inefficiencies effectively. Buy air source heat pump or biomass boilers to heat your home while being sustainable.
When renovating your kitchen, opt for large windows that invite natural light in the space meaning you won’t have to switch on the lights too often.
Place potted plants indoors to improve the air quality in your home. If you have space, plant trees in your backyard and invest in landscaping.
Work with kitchen fitters, energy auditors and heating engineers to transform your home into a hub for energy efficiency.
6 – Support Green and Sustainable Organizations
There are several non-profit organizations who work tirelessly to reduce the carbon footprint and impact of individuals on the environment.
Find out more about such institutions and become a member and help promote sustainability and green living in your vicinity.
There are several support groups and environmentalists running campaigns online so signing up for a green cause is quite easy.
Plus, you can personally commit to purchase everyday items from companies dedicated to green living. Ensure that you support local vendors to further add to your green efforts.
Small efforts can go a long way in promoting sustainable living. Making small changes in your day-to-day life will accumulate over time and make a huge difference. Plant trees and encourage your family to do the same and have a positive impact on your carbon footprint.
Start now so that you do your best to lead a green lifestyle!