Have you noticed the extra heat this summer? Well, that is probably because of climate change. Likewise, it’s not only the heat; storms are also getting stronger. Evidence also presents that it is just going to get a lot worse. Even more, if we don’t do our part as responsible citizens, things are not looking good for us. So, even in our small ways, let’s try to be kinder to Mother Earth and start by having an eco-friendly household.
What is an Eco-Friendly Household?
Having an eco-friendly household doesn’t equate to going off the grid and refusing modern technologies (though that is also an option, kidding!). So what exactly is an eco-friendly household? Eco-friendly literally means earth-friendly or not harmful to the environment, it also pertains to the practice of being conscious of our carbon footprint or as simple as trash. With that said, it simply means a household that proactively finds and does ways to help the environment.
9 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Household
Ready to make some changes in your household? Here are some easy and inexpensive ways to create an eco-friendly household:
The easiest way you can be more friendly to Mother Earth is by reducing your power consumption. Unplug unused electronic devices such as microwaves, tv, or washing machine. Alternatively, you can plug your appliances into a power strip with a switch that you can just switch off when you’re not using your appliances.
Design Your Home
If you are doing some renovation or just building your dream home, design it to be eco-friendly. Instead of small windows, opt for big windows, this way, you have more natural light coming in, and you won’t need a lot of lights. Open space is good for ventilation and air.
Say No to Plastic
Eliminate or lessen your use of plastics. Instead of using plastic for your groceries, bring your own canvas bag. Use metal straws or utensils, and reuse containers. If you love water, remember to bring your own jug or tumbler.
Having a barbecue party in your home? Thinking about disposable napkins? Replace them with cloth napkins. They are durable and reusable. Another plus is that it’ll make your barbecue party legit.
Set Up a Mini-Garden
Gardening is not everyone’s cup of tea, it can be intimidating and even time-consuming, but it is also rewarding. Plant cherry tomatoes and herbs (basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley) rather than buying from your grocery. It can save you money and is also a good task to teach your children.
Replace Your Lights
We talked about conserving energy however, it’s really unavoidable to use electricity. With that said, start with lights. Use LED or CFL rather than traditional incandescent bulbs. These types of bulbs are more efficient and cost-saving.
Do Routine Maintenance
Make sure everything’s working correctly, and do routine maintenance on your laundry machine, refrigerator, and air conditioning unit. Having faulty appliances are inefficient and can unintentionally hog more power.
Harness the heat of the sun to dry your clothes instead of drying them in your dryer, which consumes energy. Set up a clothesline in your backyard and hang your wet laundry. With the heat today, your clothes will be dry in just a few hours.
Think About Solar
If you’re really serious about being a sustainable household, think about installing solar panels in your home. While they may be inexpensive, they’ll save you a lot of money in the long run. Furthermore, it helps with the environment.
These are some ways you can create an eco-friendly household. What changes are you making to help the environment? Share them below!