Despite arguments and contradictions, more and more people across the world are becoming conscious of the impact of their actions on the environment. Many start by developing small habits, such as replacing disposables with reusables, choosing recyclable packaging, and composting.
But if you think you are ready to step up your sustainability game and aim to live in a sustainable home, start with these.
Using nontoxic cleaners
Commercial cleaning products help us keep our household clean. But while the chemicals in these products make our bathtubs, countertops, and dishes sparkling clean. Most of them contribute to indoor air pollution, and can be harmful when touched, inhaled or ingested. The chemicals released into the air or as wastewater may contaminate the environment, while the empty plastic bottles used to package household cleaning products pose another issue by contributing to the world’s solid waste.
Replace your store-bought cleaners with nontoxic household cleaners. You can buy natural cleaners on the market or make your own environmentally safe cleaners using household items. The acid in white vinegar, for example, kills mold and bacteria, and you can use it to clean windows and mirrors. To deodorize an object or an area, simply use baking soda. Lemon juice straight from the source is also a great bacteria battles, and borax is a multi-purpose cleaner which you can scrub walls and floors with.
Installing solar panels
One of the main goals of sustainable living is to minimize your carbon footprint. For your home, this means becoming a zero energy building. Totally achieving net-zero-energy use at once may be impossible for an average residential unit, but you can aim for this by using residential solar power.
Installing solar panels in your home allows you to produce your own energy and reduce your bills. It provides you with completely clean electricity that you can even make money from by selling surplus energy generated back to the power grid. Solar panels can also increase property value, should you decide to sell your property in the future.
Another great way to enhance your home’s sustainability while improving its property value is through landscaping. Take some dead leaves and yard trimmings, and layer them on the ground to start a compost pile. After sometime, add egg shells, vegetable scraps and coffee grounds, occasionally turning the soil to let some air in. You will eventually have a rich soil that is great for creating a beautifully landscaped garden or a lush vegetable garden, in which you can grow your own food to create a more sustainable home.
Buy used or recycled products
The manufacturing industry is one of the biggest pollutants in the world. When you buy second hand or used items, you are helping lessen the demand for the manufacturing of brand-new products. As much as you can, buy slightly used clothing, old CDs, books, furniture, electronics, and tools.
For toilet tissue, kitchen rolls and other paper products, choosing those made of recycled materials is your most eco-friendly option. Buying used or recycled products instead of newly manufactured ones is also as sustainable as it is inexpensive.
When you choose to live a sustainable lifestyle, the rewards you reap are not only for the environment, but also for your own immediate gains. Eco-friendly options are often healthier and cost a lot less. By implementing these practices in your home, you are providing your family with a lifestyle that is better for their wellbeing and paves the way for a greener future.