We're all well aware of how important it is to lessen our carbon footprint these days. Of course, there are things like recycling and turning off the lights when you leave a room that can help reduce your footprint, but there's a lot more to it than that. We've put together a list of our top tips for creating an eco friendly home; ranging from small, daily changes to remodelling efforts. Follow along to see how you can make the planet a little bit greener.
This one may seem a little obvious, but it is a big step in creating an eco friendly home: use more rags and fewer paper towels. Of course we're not saying no paper towels, which can be a pretty serious commitment, just fewer. However, if you make the effort now, eventually you'll wonder why you ever used them at all! Cut up old shirts to make rags and launder them in a batch whenever you run out, or buy cute ones if you're looking to keep a motif going. This doubles for cloth napkins; having these around in dark colours means they're easier to keep clean, and you're not going through rolls of paper towel to deal with a peanut butter sandwich.
Making the switch from incandescent to LED lighting is a perfect first step in your journey towards an eco friendly home. These light bulbs are super affordable, save on electricity costs, and are said to last up to 13 years! In fact, if you do the calculations, the 85% increase in efficiency with LED bulbs can save you around $50 per year when you switch from other options.
Big appliances have a habit of collecting dust and dirt because they're so unwieldy, and it's easy to forget all the working parts that aren't immediately visible. Two of the big culprits you can easily fix are the fridge and dryer! Get a long, skinny brush like this one and use it to gently scrub loose any lint and scuzz from the coils under or behind your fridge. This small step will help it use less energy to keep your food cold. As a bonus, you can also use that same tool to clean out the lint slot in your dryer. Run it through after removing the filter and you'll be surprised at how much you'll get out of there!
Windows and doors are the biggest culprits when it comes to having a non eco friendly home. If you're not paying attention, you could be losing a lot of money to escaping heat through improper insulation! Go around double-checking that none of the entrances to your house have a leak; making sure to note where wind is getting in so you can get weather stripping. If you're looking to make a noticeable change, look into Low-E window coatings which reflect interior heat back into the room during the winter and reflect unwanted heat outside in the summer. Dynamic glass is another solution you can try! These windows automatically adjust their tint throughout the day, using only the heat from the sun.
Water is another one of those precious resources that many homeowners forget about. To save water, install low-flow shower heads and toilets, upgrade to more efficient water heaters, and add hot water recirculation pumps so less water goes down the drain. Making these switches not only helps the environment but can also save you money! For example, changing from a standard toilet model to a higher efficiency model can save nearly 13,000 gallons of water and about $90 per year in reduced water bills.
Luckily it's easier than you may think to have an eco friendly home, and any steps you make towards reducing your carbon footprint are going to have great, long-lasting effects. Whether you do some remodelling which will save you lots of money and headaches in the future, or simple things around the home to keep your big appliances tip top, you'll be happy you made that step in the right direction. Be sure to check out Marina Homesfor more tips and tricks to come in the future!