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5 Ways to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

5 Ways to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly

Making small changes to the way you live can create drastic improvements to the environment.  Most households expend large amounts of waste every year, and over time, this adds up and takes a toll on the environment.  Consider making some simple adjustments to your home life to become more eco-friendly.

 

1) Composting

Composting might sound intimidating, but in reality, it's very simple.  You start by creating a base using yard scraps; then you just toss in your kitchen leftovers.  Coffee grinds and vegetable waste are especially beneficial to a compost.  If you live in an apartment, you can also create an indoor compost that does not have an odor.  Sending all your waste to landfills increases the amount of greenhouse gases released, so composting will help you cut back.  You can use the compost for your garden, houseplants, or even donate it.

 

2) LED Lighting

LED bulbs are a sustainable lighting option for your home.  LEDs last up to 50 times longer than incandescent lights and decrease electricity bills.  These bulbs also significantly reduce energy consumption and lower greenhouse gasses.  LED bulbs are non-toxic and less harmful to the environment when disposed of, making them the ideal lighting choice for your home.  Switching to LED is a great option if you're looking to save money and become more eco-friendly.

 

3) Reduce Plastic Waste

Since only a small percentage of recycled plastic can actually be reused, the best choice is to reduce the amount of plastic waste your household produces.  Replace plastic water bottles with a material that can be reused repeatedly.  Stick to a reusable bag for groceries and opt against single-use plastic bags.

 

4) Replace Paper Towels

Most households go through large amounts of paper towels to dry hands and wipe up messes.  Paper towels produce a significant amount of carbon emissions, so it is best to avoid when possible.  Try using a hand towel after washing your hands instead of a disposable paper towel.  When cleaning up messes, a microfiber cloth can be used for better absorption and a faster clean.

 

5) Wash Clothes on Cold Cycle

The vast majority of energy used by washing machines occurs during the heating process.  This extra energy expenditure adds to carbon dioxide emissions and can be avoided by simply changing the setting on your washing machine.  Most fabrics can be safely washed in cold water because it prevents shrinking and doesn't fade color.

 

Using these tips, you will be able to make the move toward an eco-friendly house with reduced waste.  Using reusable products and reducing energy expenditure will drastically cut harmful emissions into the environment.  In addition to benefiting the environment, these choices can also be more convenient and save you money.

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