17 Tips to Help You Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

October 05, 2016

17 Tips to Help You Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Today we all are more conscious of the environment and how we all can help to protect and save the environment.

We all can take certain steps to ensure our home is more and more eco-friendly. Some actions just start with all of us individually. We can take more responsibility.

Tips to make your home eco-friendly

These 17 tips will help you get started on making improvements around your home. 

These free and easy ways can be started straight away in your home. 

 

1. Adjust Your Water Heater

Lower your water heater’s thermostat to 48 degrees, to restrict heat loss.

 

2. Fill the Dishwasher

Run full loads, air dry, and skip the pre-rinsing. Energy Star dishwashers can be more efficient than hand washing, so consider replacing an older, less-efficient model.

Energy Star dishwashers can be more efficient than hand washing, so consider replacing an older, less-efficient model.

 

3. Green Your Garden 

Avoid harmful herbicides and pesticides in your garden; create and use compost, and practice organic gardening techniques.

 

4. Moderate the Thermostat 

Lower the air-conditioner this winter to conserve energy without sacrificing comfort.

Turn it down at night and when you’re not home -- or install a programmable thermostat for automatic adjustments.

 

5. Recycle According to the EPA

According to the EPA, an average family of four that recycles only plastic waste can save the equivalent of nearly 340 pounds of carbon emissions per year.

 

6. Unplug Electronics 

Many household appliances continue to suck electricity even when switched off; minimise leaks by unplugging idle electronics.

 

7. Wash Laundry in Cold Water 

About 90 percent of the energy used for a load of laundry goes to heating the water.

Some stains demand hot water, as do bed linens (to kill dust mites).

Wash all other loads in cold.

 

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8. Change Light bulbs 

Compact fluorescent light bulbs consume a quarter of the electricity required by comparable incandescent bulbs and last up to 12 times longer.

Maximize savings by changing at least five frequently used bulbs.

 

9. Go Low-Flow in the Shower 

To reduce hot-water consumption, replace older showerheads with ones that spray no more than 9 litres a minute. 

 

10. Limit Artificial Fragrances

Experts’ concerns about the proliferation of fragrances have to do with their potential effects on our health; essential oils and natural fragrances are safer alternatives.

 

11. Replace Chemical Cleaners 

High-octane chemicals are known to be harmful to both your family’s health and the environment; select natural cleaning and laundry products at the store, or use homemade natural cleansers. 

 

12. Use Eco-Friendly Linens 

Typical linens are made with conventional cotton, which accounts for about 25 percent of the world’s insecticide use, and many manufacturers’ dyes are derived from petroleum (a non-renewable resource) in a highly polluting process.

Choose an eco-friendly alternative such as organic cotton or renewable fibres such as bamboo instead.

 

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13. Consider Eco-Flooring 

Conventional flooring choices can harm the environment and potentially you and your family’s health. 

Whether you’re remodelling or simply want to replace your carpet, choose healthy, sustainable flooring materials such as bamboo, cork, true linoleum, natural-fiber carpet, or FSC-certified wood.

 

14. Paint Safely 

Many paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are linked to various health problems. 

When shopping for paint, choose low- or zero-VOC varieties, or paints made from natural materials, such as milk or clay paints.

 

15. Replace the Old Refrigerator 

Refrigerators use more electricity than any other appliance. Older ones are worse, so give top priority to replacing a pre-1993 fridge. Sleep on a Chemical-Free Mattress Many mattresses

Older ones are worse, so give top priority to replacing a pre-1993 fridge. 

 

16. Sleep on a Chemical-Free Mattress 

Many mattresses are treated with toxic chemicals called PBDEs to reduce their flammability. 

To limit your exposure to these dangerous toxins, cover your mattress with an organic wool or latex pad, or when buying a new one, choose a PBDE-free mattress.

 

17. Upgrade Windows 

Energy Star-qualified windows with insulating glazes, gas fills, and better framing materials reduce the demand on heating and cooling systems, saving energy and money.

These simple steps will benefit you and your home. 

 

 




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