You want to make your home more eco-friendly, but you don't know where to start. That's okay! You don't need to be an expert in sustainability to make your home greener. In fact, there are a lot of easy ways that you can make small changes that will have a big impact on the environment and your wallet. Here are some ideas for making your home more eco-friendly:
Replace your light bulbs with LEDs
Light bulbs are one of the most common household items. They provide us with light when we need it and can be used for a variety of purposes. However, traditional incandescent bulbs use more energy than they should and burn out quickly, which means you'll be going through them faster than you'd like.
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are an alternative option that uses less electricity while lasting longer than other types of bulbs--they're also pricier upfront but save money in the long run because they don't burn out as often or require frequent replacements. So why would anyone want to make their home greener by switching from incandescents?
Sign up for a clean energy plan
If you're looking to make your home greener, one of the easiest ways to do so is by switching to clean energy. Clean energy is any source of electricity that produces fewer emissions than traditional fossil fuels like coal or natural gas. It includes renewable sources like wind and solar power, as well as nuclear energy.
Signing up for a clean energy plan will allow you to choose how much money you want to spend on electricity each month--and it could save you hundreds of dollars!
Plant a tree
Plant a tree. It's not just good for the environment, it's also good for your health! Trees provide shade and shelter from the heat, helping you stay cool in the summer. They also clean our air by removing carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen into it--so planting trees can help reduce global warming.
Use reusable bags when you do your grocery shopping
If you shop at the grocery store, consider using reusable bags instead of plastic ones. Reusable bags are better for the environment because they can be used over and over again. You won't need as many plastic bags and they're more comfortable to carry around than flimsy plastic ones that tear easily. Plus, they're cheaper than buying new ones each time you go shopping!
You can get reusable shopping totes in all kinds of shapes and sizes--from small sacks perfect for carrying a few items home from the market (or farmer's market) to large totes that'll fit everything from produce to frozen foods--and even insulated ones so your perishables stay cool on hot summer days.
Install a smart thermostat
If you're looking to save money, a smart thermostat is a great place to start. These devices can be controlled remotely, programmed to adjust the temperature automatically based on your activity, and set up with a schedule so that they learn when you are home and when it's best for them to turn off or on.
Try hydroponic farming
But if you really want to go green, consider hydroponic farming. As the name suggests, hydroponics uses water instead of soil to grow plants. The technology is not new but has recently been gaining popularity as more people become interested in organic foods and locally grown produce.
Hydroponic farming is a way to grow plants without the use of soil. It is a system of growing crops in water, with added nutrients and oxygen. The plants are grown in a highly controlled environment and the water is recirculated so there is no waste or runoff.
Hydroponic farming has been around for decades, but it's recently seen a surge in popularity because it's an efficient way to grow food in places where soil isn't readily available, such as urban areas and rooftops. It also makes more efficient use of water and resources than traditional farming practices.
Use green cleaners at home to clean your house
Green cleaners are safer for you and your family, better for the environment and less expensive than traditional cleaners. You can make your own green cleaners or purchase them from stores.
Green products are made from natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils that don't contain harsh chemicals like ammonia or bleach (which can irritate eyes). They also don't leave behind any residue on surfaces after they've been used--which means there's less work involved in keeping things clean!
We all have a responsibility to ensure that we are doing our part to preserve the earth, and the home is the perfect place to start. With just a few simple changes you can go a long way toward making your home greener, and helping to reduce our collective carbon footprint.