Whether as a means of following the trend or as a responsible human, sustainable homes are what everyone’s aiming for nowadays. With the increasing gravity of climate change and environmental damage, people are becoming aware of their role in all that’s happening. Most people are onto the race of reducing their carbon footprint by making better choices starting with their homes. If you are looking to take a similar step let me help you with the best ways to make your home more sustainable.
Solar panels are the first step towards sustainability and making your home as energy-efficient and eco friendly as possible. But let me give you a heads up first. Solar panel’s construction and installation can be expensive. It may drain off your money initially but then it is a long term investment. Your return will come in the future in numerous forms.
First return comes as the satisfaction of helping the planet. Solar energy is the cleanest source of energy and has 80 percent lower carbon emissions than fossil fuels. Secondly, you will save on energy bills as all or most of your energy consumption is based on solar power.
Lastly and most importantly you can earn back all your initial investment with time. Your solar panels will produce more energy than you require. You can sell this energy back to the grid and also earn some federal income tax credits.
If you have the time and money to integrate solar panels in your home then good for you. However, for others who cannot, it doesn’t mean you can’t help in building a sustainable planet. Even if you use electricity, make some wise choices to become eco friendly.
Begin by installing energy-efficient appliances. You can identify them by an Energy Star rating that tells you if it meets the government standards of energy efficiency or not. Nowadays every electronic device from refrigerators and washing machines to microwaves and dishwashers has an Energy Star rating. These appliances may be more costly than others but it will save you more with every use.
Remember to replace your regular or fluorescent lights with CFLs. Not only are they cheaper but also work for longer and use way less energy than other light bulbs.
For electronics that require batteries, it is best to shift to rechargeable batteries. This is because they are less toxic and wasteful to the environment than the disposable ones.
Remember to unplug your devices
There is a concept of vampire electricity that is draining your money on electricity bills. This means your phone charger that is plugged onto the switch is consuming energy even when your phone isn’t charging. The same goes for a computer on a standby mode. In fact, vampire energy is known to cost anywhere between $160 and $440 per household in a year. That’s a lot of unnecessary costs that can easily be avoided by unplugging your electronics. This not only saves you money but also ensures safety from sudden surges.
Pay attention to insulation
Most of the energy consumption goes into the cycle of heating and cooling the interiors. Well, if sustainability is what you aim for, you may need to mend this cycle. One of the smartest ways to reduce your energy consumption is proper insulation especially if you live in extreme climates.
All houses have some drafts that are left during the construction process. These can lead to increased frequencies of reheating or recooling. Insulation can cut this problem. Every part of your house can be insulated. The inside of your walls, the roof, the floor, the windows and even the doors. For example, you can use rugs as an insulation for your floors and thermal curtains for your windows. Contact a professional for better advice regarding insulation that suits your home.
Use eco paints
The paint on your wall also is harming the environment even more than you may have expected. All the chemical paints are damaging the environment of your home as well as the earth. For starters, these paints have a high VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) content. This chemical leaves nonbiodegradable and toxic waste in the environment. Plus, it can cause health risks like cancer and pulmonary diseases in the longer run.
You can avoid all these risks by using eco-friendly paints. They have little to no VOC and is made from natural compounds. They also reduce your carbon footprint and cause no health risks like its chemical counterpart. A side benefit of eco paints is that they are more vibrant and appealing than chemical paints.
If you do need to make a choice, prefer water-based paints. Along with being a sustainable choice, they have a lot of benefits in comparison to oil-based paints.
Use natural air purifiers
Did you know that the air in your home can be two to three times more polluted than the outside? It is because of all the modern objects that you collect in your home. From your refrigerators to your beauty products, to smoke from other objects ( Check The Island Now to know what I’m taking about) everything contributes to the poor air quality of your home. You can work upon this by buying expensive air purifiers or go along a much sustainable route with houseplants.
Several indoor plants can clean the air and remove toxins in your home. Snake plants, pothos, palm, rubber plant and many others are some of the best choices. These plants also liven up your space by adding a pop of color and life.
We must all work together towards a better future and a cleaner planet. We must make better choices and contribute in every way that we can. So start towards this route by turning your home into an eco-friendly space. Incorporate the changes mentioned in the blog in your living space and make it more sustainable.