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Being more sustainable is something we could all practice more of. It’s important that you’re doing what you can to improve the environment and it’s something we all have the ability to do.
There are lots of ways to help the environment recover from what humans have done to it over the last hundred years or so, what with the introduction of many things that cause a lot of damage, like vehicles, technology, etc. As much as they can be a good thing in life, a lot of it can end up causing damage.
Here are seven ways to make your home more sustainable.
Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food is a great way of saving yourself some money but also to be sustainable when it comes to the environment. Most of us will have the ability to grow some form of food, whether it’s a chili plant you’ve grown on your windowsill or a whole herb garden in your back yard.
It’s important to do what you can and grow what you are able to so that you’re not relying so much on the produce you get in supermarkets and local stores. As much as it can be good to fund these places, there will be others that do it for you. Everyone can still benefit from making money but we also can help the world be a healthier place too.
Look at what you have available when it comes to space in your back yard and if possible, it’s worth investing in a vegetable box where you can keep your vegetables and herbs separate from the rest of the garden. It means you also keep it elevated and perhaps stop your food from getting eaten.
Be Wary With Food Packaging
Food packaging and packaging, in general, can be a main contributor to waste in this world, and with so many households purchasing things on the daily, it can add up. Take a moment to think about what you bought today.
Perhaps you brought yourself a lunch on your work break or received a package in the mail from Amazon. Immediately, that’s two or three items that are likely to be encased in some form of packaging. Now think about what type of packaging is used?
Is it something that can be recycled or will you have to throw it out in the trash? The more you throw out in the trash, the bigger your carbon footprint is going to be as a result. That’s why it’s essential that you’re doing your bit when it comes to purchasing food with packaging around it.
Try where you can to purchase food in supermarkets that come in paper bags or packaging so that you can recycle it. Purchasing fresh ingredients will mean you’re less likely having to throw away packaging that can’t be used due to the food waste on it.
We don’t think much about packaging but it can contribute to a lot of the waste that we produce on a daily basis.
Consider Purchasing Less
We all purchase various amount of products per day. Whether it’s something we consume or something we’re going to use to add a benefit to our life. Clutter can start to form in our homes and if we’re not careful, we end up chucking out a lot of stuff that we no longer need.
One way to tackle that is by purchasing less. When you make a purchase, always have a question or two that you must answer yes to in order to go through with the purchase. That could be, do I need this? Will this give me more value in my life?
This way, you’re making doubly sure that what you need is exactly what you need and it’s not just a case of ‘wanting’ to have it.
There’s a lot that we can want in this world but there are only a few things that we need. Being more strict with what you purchase can not only help save the environment but can also help to save a lot of money for you too.
Be Efficient With Your Energy Usage
Being energy efficient is going to have the biggest positive impact on the world itself. If we’re all a little more conscious about the energy we use, then it can certainly make a big difference to the future.
Think about getting a smart meter fitted in your home and you can see just how much you might be using in your home right now. It can then help you to make more energy-conscious efforts when it comes to turning off lights in rooms that aren’t being used or stopping the water from running when you’re brushing your teeth.
Smaller changes that are done on a bigger scale can make just as big as a difference than those big companies or areas that use a lot of electricity or other energy sources.
We can all do our bit to help reduce our energy usage and again, it all helps to save you money so that you can spend it on doing things you enjoy and making memories with the family.
Recycle & Reuse
Even though you might buy more things in your life, there can still be ways of reusing it. For one, a lot of things in the home can end up being recycled and made into something new.
You can also recycle a lot more than what used to be possible and so it’s worth exploring what these are in your local area and through the products you use. And even though it might not be something you want to keep, it can always go to a better home by asking if anyone you know would want it or if it can be sold onto someone else.
Reusing your furniture by upcycling it to look brand new can also be a helpful thing to do. Always try to find a use for whatever you buy beyond you not needing it anymore.
Solar wasn’t such a popular thing but as more homes and businesses invest in it, it’s becoming a much more affordable and viable option for homes. Soon enough, there will be a lot more homes that have it and as that number grows, so does the number of households that will be more self-sufficient with their energy usage.
It’s worth assessing where you live right now and whether a solar panel or two is worth the investment to power your home. It might not be right now if this isn’t your forever home but it’s certainly something worth considering.
Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home is important and helps to contribute to being more sustainable. If you’re looking at insulation, it’s worth getting it for the walls and your roofing. This can be two places that can really help the heat escaping from your home whilst also stopping the cold air from going in.
The more you do this, the less likely you’ll have to turn on the heating, saving you energy and money. There’s also various forms of insulation available so it’s not necessarily something you can’t afford as there are materials that vary in cost.
Making your home more sustainable is important to future generations and we all share that responsibility. Use these tips to help improve your own household, whether it’s recycling more or being more aware of what you spend and chuck out. Try to make a difference in the environment where you can.
Seven Ways To Make Your Home More Sustainable