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12 Ways to Make Your House Eco-Friendly in 2019

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Written by Aria Akachi

All people around the world are getting environmentally-conscious. Taking some environmentally-friendly steps will not just contribute to a sustainable environment but also reduce your expenses. 

Here, we are going to discuss different ways to improve your home and follow an eco-friendly lifestyle:

1. Start Using Natural Cleaning Products

Avoid purchasing harmful cleaning solutions from the market. These chemicals create a bad impact on our environment.

You should use natural homemade solution that can clean the toughest stains easily without affecting our environment such as vinegar, citric acid from citrus fruits and bicarbonate of soda.

Avoid using caustic soda. Before using these solutions clean your floor with a compact vacuum cleaner for optimum results.

2. Save Water For Good Future

If we talk about sustainability then it only related to energy consumption but the fact is that eco-friendly means considering all those factors that can affect our environment.

Water usage is also linked with our environment and it is time to get serious about saving water. We should change our lifestyle and make efforts to save even a single drop of water.

3. Get Smart Meters

Do you know that smart meters can be programmed easily? These meters can help us in reducing our carbon footprints and decreasing our utility bills.

This smart meter can be programmed as per your requirements. It will turn on when you need it and turn off after some time as per programming and reduce energy and money wastage.  

4. Get Energy Efficient Light Fixtures

Replace your conventional lighting system with LED bulbs and make your home energy efficient. Energy efficient light bulbs have been available in the market from long ago. These fixtures not only consume less energy but also reduce utility bills.

5. Invest In Solar Panels

This is one of the sustainable methods to generate electricity. Installing solar panels at our home will help in producing electrical energy which is completely clean and we do not have to pay our utility bills.

It takes a huge amount of investment for installing solar panels, therefore, it is difficult for most people to switch from grid system to solar panel based electricity production. 

6. Take Help of Consultants

All the houses are different and they have different requirements. Therefore, there are different criteria to transform your property into an eco-friendly one. The best way is to talk with a sustainability consultant and ask for some suggestions to make changes in your house.

7. Insulate Your House

The best way to reduce energy consumption is to insulate your house that will prevent your home from direct sunrays during summer and prevent the heat inside your home during winter. Thus, insulation makes your home energy efficient.

You should also consider double glazing all windows because it offers more insulation to your house. In addition to this, you should also consider covering of hardwood floors in southwest area rugs.

8. Prepare your own compost

First of clean your kitchen with the help of vacuum cleaner with the automatic filter cleaning system, collect the leftover food and transform all of them into compost. The degradable items can be transformed into compost.

You may be surprised after collecting a huge amount of recyclable items that can be turned into compost. Just take a small bin and place it into your garden and fill it with degradable kitchen waste.

9. Purchase Recyclable Products

Try to purchase recyclable items as much as possible. It includes toilet tissue, kitchen roll, etc. If there are a lot of options then you should consider only recyclable products.

The recycled products are not just limited to recyclable paper but you can also purchase recyclable technology such as mobiles, gaming consoles, etc.

10. Smart Cooking

You should cook smartly in your kitchen because it can lead to a more eco-friendly house. For example, if you let the door of the oven open for a long time, it can escape a huge amount of heat that was intended to use for cooking.

The second biggest problem is coffee pods waste. There are various small things in our kitchen that are gradually impacting our climate. Therefore, we must consider intelligent ways to cook our food and reduce the harsh impact on our environment.

11. Plant More Trees

Purify the air that surrounds your house by planting more and more trees. You can also plant some bushes like Ficus or Dracaena that increases the flow of oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide. Plants play an important role in preserving our environment.

12. Pick a better Paint

Usually, wall paints contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). It is a chemical that spread out evenly. As the paint dries, VOCs combine with other molecules in the air to create compounds, including the ones responsible for those splitting headaches you get if you fail to open a window while painting.

Therefore, it is recommended to choose eco-friendly paints. After painting your walls, do not forget to clean the mess with the help of vacuum cleaner with washable vacuum filter.

 

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