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5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

By Guest Blogger by Diana S.

5 Simple Eco-Friendly Home Improvement Projects

 

Every home needs a change every once in a while. And since today it’s all about going green, you can use this opportunity to make your home greener. This way, you won’t only aid in saving the environment, but you’ll also be able to save a lot of money on your bills. Even though some of these projects may seem costly now, when thinking long-term, these home improvement projects will save you tons of money in the future. But with so many things you can do to green up your home, choosing the upgrades you’ll go for can be quite challenging. That’s why we came up with a list of five simple eco-friendly home improvement projects that might just be what you were looking for.

Add more insulation

Having a high-quality insulation means you’ll have to spend way less money on keeping your home cool during summer and warm during winter. Many older homes aren’t as insulated as new ones, so depending on when your home was built, you might want to think about adding more insulation to it. Luckily, this is a project you can do yourself and avoid calling in professionals. If you decide to add a layer of fiberglass, which is the easiest way to make your home more energy efficient, all you’re going to need is a utility knife, a straightedge and a little bit of effort.

Let natural light in

Another great way to make your home more eco-friendly is to start relying on natural light more than you do now. Think about the rooms in your home where the light is always on and see if they’re able to fit a new window or two. By relying on natural light, you’ll be guaranteed to save a lot of money on your electricity bill. Also, it has been shown that natural light has a positive effect on your productivity. So, if there’s an office or study room in your home, installing more windows there is definitely a good idea.

Buy at antique shops

Antique shops are great places to visit when you want to make your home more environmentally friendly. That’s where you can find tons of different doorknobs, lighting fixtures, and coffee tables which might just be what you need in order to give your home a fresh look. Moreover, when shopping in antique stores, you’ll be investing in repurposed items, which is always a good thing to do when trying to save the environment. Make sure you visit all the local antique stores, and you’ll be guaranteed to find items that will match the style in your home perfectly.

Ventilate your roof

Most of the homes have heat trapped in the roof. If this is the case with your home, this heat is going to make things uncomfortably warm during the summer and make you use your air conditioner more often. And in order to make sure this doesn’t happen, you should think about ventilating your roof. There are Whirlybird vents which are powered by wind and are guaranteed to keep the air in your roof fresh. So, if you want to green up your home, make sure you get one of these and contact experts who offer Whirlybird installation services and can have it set up for you.

Use low-flow showerheads

We all tend to use large amounts of water when taking a shower. Still, most of that water goes to waste and when going green, reducing the amount of wasted water should be one of your most important goals. Luckily, you can now get low-flow showerheads that will help you reduce the volume of water used when taking a shower to a mere fraction of the water that was wasted before. Some of these even come with a timer which can alert you when it’s time to wrap it up.

All the projects we mentioned above are going to help you aid in saving the environment and save money. Still, make sure you always keep looking for new ways to make your home greener.

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The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

Yes, it’s time for that talk. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is having the hottest year on record. For eleven months in a row, we’ve been warmer than every other year. This April was hotter than last April. October just passed was hotter than all the other Octobers before it. If that isn’t a bit of a wakeup call for us to live more sustainably, I don’t want to know what the tipping point will be. The easiest place to start making those changes in your life is in your very own home. So, let’s look at a few.

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Keep the heat in

We’ve been talking about getting cozy for the winter for some time now. It’s easier to do that if you make a few changes to the home. You don’t have to go mad on your energy bill. Instead, focus on how your house maintains its own climate for longer. Make sure you’re insulating properly. Not just fitting insulation in the roof. You should be caulking any gaps in your windows and using draft excluders. You should also insulate your pipes so that your water heater can be a lot more effective at its job.

Take care of your tech

If you want to reduce your energy bill (and your carbon footprint) you need to look at your electronic appliances. There are a few ways to make sure they’re better at their job. For one, make sure they’re cleaned and maintained. A dusty AC is going to be a much less energy efficient AC. The better condition they’re kept in, the more work they can do with less energy. Of course, there comes a time that it’s a lot more energy efficient to think of a replacement. This is particularly true of refrigerators and HVAC equipment. If yours is really starting to show its age, it might be a good idea to find heaters here and other places. They now come with energy ratings so you can make a more responsible choice right off the bat.

Be water conscious

Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it doesn’t all start and stop with energy use. Your water is just as important a part of living sustainably. Water shortages are already starting to rear their ugly head. As time goes on, it’s believed that it might be one of the greatest crises that we face as species. So let’s start using less now. For instance, you start fitting water-smart heads onto your shower as well as your faucets. Meaning you spend less water for every second that your water is running. If you garden, you should also consider recycling bath and dish water. Grey water, as it’s known, poses no harm to your garden.

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Plant a tree

If you have the space for it, then why not go full steam ahead and use that space? For one, trees are gorgeous and you should be happy to have one in your garden. They also shade your home during the summer. That means that indoor climate control is even easier. Most importantly, trees are a habitat. As we keep building houses and cities, we are reducing the amount of homes for nature. Planting a tree means building a home for nature in your own garden. If we don’t start providing a home nature and we keep taking its home, then it has no place to go and simply ceases to be.

The fourth R is replace

Reduce, reuse and recycle are some good lessons to live by. But replacing should be just as big a part of your plan. In particular, you should be reducing the materials that you’re using in your home. For one, let’s look at how we use paper. A lot of us still print out paper for home business and bookkeeping like it comes from the thin air. Going paperless not only makes it easier to organize all your documents but it saves money. As does relying more on reusable cloth wipes than paper towels in the kitchen. There are other tech-y changes you can make in the home, too. For instance, using LED lights instead of your standard ones.

Mind how you clean

This is a tip for those who are both environmentally conscious and concerned about their everyday health. Household cleaners are easily one of the biggest culprits of ground water and air contamination. They’re not only bad for nature. They’re bad for us, too. They can cause asthma and exacerbate breathing conditions. In some serious cases, household cleaners have even shown links to central nervous system damage. Start switching them out for more health and eco-friendly green cleaning alternatives. You’ll be protecting your own health. You’ll also be protecting the water and the health of all the plant life around you. It’s time to put a stop to the toxic effects we have every day without knowing.

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Have a meat-free day

I’m not telling you to go all vegan on us. We know that people like their meat. We also know that it’s nutritious and an easy way to contribute to an all-rounded diet. But the fact is that meat production is another one of those huge parts of the carbon footprint that we make on the world. Being more sustainable means using less. The simple fact is that meat is one of the least energy efficient ways of feeding ourselves. The solution is simple. On Monday, just don’t eat meat. There are plenty of great vegetarian options that taste just fine. You can go a day without meat, so do it. It’s the equivalent of not driving your car for a day, after all.

Let’s be honest, none of these changes are all that hard. Soon as we spend some time acclimating, it’s not much of a change at all. So, let’s take the time to get off our backsides and make those changes. Let’s see how far we take it and start working to leave a better planet for our kids.

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