Tips for Making Your Home More Eco-Friendly

When we think of living sustainably, many of us probably think we need to spend a pretty penny. But in reality, we can create a healthy oasis at home by making small changes that have a significant impact. Ready to go green? Here are some simple and realistic ways to make your home more eco-friendly.

One Word: Donate

Could your closets use a deep clean? No matter your reason for decluttering, we encourage you to donate as much as possible – the landfills are full enough! Check with your local thrift stores to see when they accept donations, and pat yourself on the back for reducing your carbon footprint.

Does this give you a reason to go out and shop? No! Enjoy the feeling of being clean, organized, and clutter free.

Check Yes for Paperless

Go paperless with bills. Just think of all the paper you’ll save.

So, You’re Thrifty?

Shop vintage or second-hand stores whenever you can. Want a waffle maker? Lamps? Art? Before you buy new, check out local thrift shops where you can find one-of-a-kind pieces at a fraction of the cost. Pro-tip: If you are looking for electronics or appliances, ensure they work before buying them.

Paper or Plastic?

The correct answer is neither. Instead of paper or plastic bags from the grocery store, opt for reusable bags. Keep some in your car so you don’t forget!

But First Coffee

We love Starbucks, too, but daily coffee runs add up. Help the Earth and your wallet by brewing coffee at home. If you can’t part with your specialty cup of Joe, bring your own reusable cup and ask the baristas to use it when preparing your order.

Fill ‘Er Up

If you have a dishwasher, ensure it’s full before running it. Conserving water is always a good idea, but you can’t do that if you run 10 tiny dishwasher loads. As tempting as it may be, give it some time and only run your dishwasher when you’re at max capacity.

The Quicker Picker-Upper

Instead of paper towels, use cut-up old bath towels, T-shirts, or anything made of absorbent materials.

Cold as Ice

When doing laundry, conserve energy by using cold water instead of hot. Besides, hot water sets stains even further; cold water makes clothes less likely to shrink or fade.

Going Up

If you live in an apartment building, opt for stairs vs. the elevator. We certainly don’t mean to trek up multiple flights with bags of groceries, but skipping the elevator now and again is one way to conserve energy.

Drip Drop

Got a leaky faucet or two? Fix those drippy taps to save water.

Signed, Sealed

Look (and feel) for gaps around your home’s doors and windows and seal them up. You’ll save energy (and cash) because neither your air conditioning nor heater will run constantly, trying to keep up.

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