Have you ever wondered how to make your home more sustainable? Sure owning a house with giant solar panels that’s completely self-sufficient is the dream but that’s not exactly attainable for everyone.
So how can you make the home that you do have (or apartment) more efficient and sustainable? Here are 10 really easy ways to make your home more sustainable!
How to make your home more sustainable:
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1. Switch to energy-saving lightbulbs
Energy-saving lightbulbs can save anywhere from 25% to 80% energy and last 3 times longer than traditional bulbs. So not only are you saving money on bulbs each year but also on your hydro bill!
2. Wash your clothes in cold water
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to wash your clothes in hot water. In fact, you’ll save money and energy in the long run if you wash in cold water. Not only does it take immense amounts of energy to heat the water in your machine but it’s also harder on your clothes and can cause them to fade and wear a lot sooner.
3. Hang your clothes to dry if possible
It also takes an incredible amount of energy to heat your dryer! If you don’t have space to hang a line outdoors, you can always opt for an indoor drying rack and hang your clothes to dry! Not only with you save energy and money but also preserve your clothes longer.
4. Use a bidet
Incorporating a bidet into my life has been one of the best changes I’ve ever made. You will save so. much. toilet paper! Which comes from trees and of course, I don’t need to tell you why that slowly becomes a problem.
5. Start composting
Composting is a great way to keep wste out of our landfills. We may think it’s super easy to throw food in the trash and not give it a second thought, but your food actually won’t break down in the landfill. It’ll only add more pollution. You can compost from anywhere, even an apartment and it’s super easy!
See our full guide to composting anywhere, here.
6. Use solar panel chargers
You may not be able to power your entire home with solar panels, but you can power your phone with a solar panel charger! This gadget has been such a game-changer. Simply place it in sunlight and plug in your phone!
7. Regrow your veggies
Normally when we get to the stalks or stems of our veggies, we toss them. And wile composting is an option, there are a number of veggies you can actually regrow right in your kitchen!
Learn how here!
8. Water saving taps/shower heads
Switching to a water saving tap in your kitchen and bathroom and a water saving shower head can save over 50% of water each use. Not only are you preserving water but saving on your water bill!
9. Collect shower and tap water for plants
If you’ve got a tap that’s leaky, stick a bucket underneath and collect that water to use to water your plants! Or leave a bucket under the shower while the water is heating up! That way nothing goes to waste.
10. Energy saving appliances
I’ll always suggest using what you have before purchasing anything new. But if your stove or fridge is in need of an upgrade, consider investing in an energy saving appliance!
You don’t need an entirely self-sufficient home to make an impact and reduce your footprint.
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