Having an eco-friendly home is more than just building your home from the ground up with the latest technology and using the most sustainable materials to turn your home to a modern green structure. While it is a great practice, especially now that we are already experiencing the consequences of global warming, we can still make our homes a little more eco-friendly without spending a fortune. Here are some of the small ways on how you can make your home environmentally friendly.
Switch to chemical-free home products
A lot of our home products like cleaning items, cooking ware, and others can really do their job well. Unfortunately, their chemical components can really harm the environment. Cleaning products, beauty and health products, and other items—some of them have chemical ingredients that can contaminate the water supply or pollute the soil and the air. To make sure that you are reducing your eco-footprint, switch to more natural, chemical-free, and plant-based home products. This way, you can do your fair share in cutting down harmful residue from your home.
Improve your home’s insulation
Home insulation is something that cannot just make your home more sustainable in terms of temperature management. Good home insulation can cut your energy costs and reduce your consumption. By improving your home’s insulation, you can make your home cool during summers and warm during rainy seasons, install thermal shades on your windows and draft guards on your door to improve your home’s insulation.
Keep your shoes out of your home
It may seem to you that leaving your shoes outside your home may be a simple act of courtesy or something that you just get accustomed to. However, doing this can also help you reduce the chemicals and other unwanted elements in your home. When you go out, your shoes accumulate dirt, grime, chemicals, and other things you don’t want to live in your home with you. To make sure your home avoids contamination of all the unwanted stuff from outdoors, do not bring your shoes inside your house, especially in areas like the bedroom, kitchen, and dining area.
Donate old items instead of disposing them
Our landfills are filled with garbage that shouldn’t be there; unfortunately in this country, recycling is limited to stuff like plastic bottles, scrap metal, and other materials collected by junk shops. For others like clothes, appliances, and other still-usable stuff, make these items reach a long way and donate them instead. Aside from reducing your trash output and reducing your carbon footprint, you can also help a lot of people who can make use of your old items. Help the environment and lend a hand at the same time.
Limit the use of pesticides and bug sprays
Bug sprays and other forms of pesticide are like cough syrup; they merely alleviate the symptoms but not the root problem itself. While they can come in handy at times, they actually do more harm in your health as well as the environment. These chemical solutions have harmful chemicals that can put your health at risk and as well as pollute the air and water. If you need to use these products, make sure to limit them. Furthermore, cleaning your home and getting rid of their nests are the best ways to deal with pests infesting your house. Solve the root cause, not the symptom.
Going eco-friendly is more than just changing your home’s architecture and design; most of the time, it’s the little things that matter. With these little ways, you can contribute for the betterment of the environment and at the same make your home more habitable.