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Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly

Easy Ways to Make your Home More Eco-Friendly

I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t choose to live more eco-consciously if the cost wasn’t a factor. You’d think natural products would be more affordable than the heavily processed stuff but they aren’t. Because of that a lot of people feel stuck and unable to make a difference. The good news is there are tons of things you can do/change that would make you more eco-conscious and most of them you’d never miss.

In fact, you can make a few changes and have your home more eco-friendly in no time. Here are a few things you can start doing now to have a more eco-friendly home.

Use less water

Use less water

It doesn’t take much effort to use less water but if it seems impossible to, use these water conserving ideas:

  • Shut off the water while you brush your teeth – even better brush your teeth in the shower.
  • Take showers that are a minute or two shorter – skip washing your hair a time or challenge yourself to see how quickly you can get clean.
  • Only run full loads of laundry and dishes – save them up in a hidden space if the clutter bothers you.
  • Buy from sustainable producers. These are farmers, ranchers, and other producers that use techniques that pollute less and use less water. You can do some research online or ask at your local organic market to find these products.

Use less energy

Use less energy

Saving energy for some people means buying a Prius or making the switch from electric to solar power. Don’t stress those things, using less energy can be done on any budget.

  • Buy energy efficient appliances. They may be more expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills. You can definitely buy second hand, just be sure to check for the energy efficient label.
  • Unplug when you can. Did you know leaving your phone or laptop plugged in for too long will deplete the batteries power capacity? When your battery is full unplug it.
  • Get your charging done before bed so you don’t have to keep devices plugged in all night.
  • Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them. These devices use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when the device is off.
  • Walk or ride your bike for short trips. Carpool when possible for longer trips.
  • Buy local products. It takes energy to transport food and other products across the country. Buying local not only supports your local economy, it helps them use less energy.

Reuse

Reuse

Recycling is something we learn to do early on and hopefully becomes habitual. We just learned that reducing is possible regardless of budget. Now let’s talk about the lesser followed R, Reuse. Pinterest is chocked full of repurposing projects that take the most mundane, irrelevant things and turn them into amazing things. Here are a few things you can reuse instead of tossing out. For more ideas be sure to follow our Repurposed Pinterest Board.

  • glass jars
  • toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • yogurt containers
  • food and coffee scraps for composting

There are many DIY household products that stand up against their commercial counterparts. Instead of spending more money on natural and eco-friendly products at the grocery store try your hand at making the products yourself. With a few key staples, you’ll be on your way to saying goodbye to chemical cleaning products.

  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemons
  • Essential Oils
  • Borax

Using this post as a guide you should be able to take the first step to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle. If you have a tip to share please let us know about it in the comment section.

Organic Vegetable Gardening At Home

Organic Vegetable Gardening At HomeYou don’t have to be a farmer to start organic vegetable gardening at home. In all reality, organic gardening at home isn’t much different than what is done on a farm. The biggest differences are the size of the garden and the control you have over the crops.

The first thing to do when starting an organic vegetable garden is to decide on the ideal location. Many people opt for the backyard but keep in mind that for optimal growth your crops should get at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. You also want an area that has easy access to water a suitable drainage system. If draining is an issue you may do a raised bed organic garden.

Compost soil

Once you have found the right spot for your garden it’s time to cultivate the land. Grab a pair of gloves and your gardening tools and start removing weeds from the roots. To test the soil mix it with some compost. If everything blends together and stabilizes the soil is good for planting.

DIY Compost

diy compost

Anyone can start a compost pile and it doesn’t take a lot of time or money either. Here is a great tutorial for both indoor and outdoor composting.

Before you start your organic vegetable garden do some research on what plants flourish in your area. Because climate, pests, and plant-borne diseases vary by region you’ll avoid potential disappointment by planning ahead. You can also research which plants protect each other from pests and the ideal crop rotation for your area and time of year. To help deter pests you can put up a fence and install ladybugs and toads in your garden.

DIY Organic Vegetable Garden

Having your own organic vegetable garden has many benefits, both financially and health-wise. When it comes time to harvest you can freeze, can, and preserve any excess as well as gift some to friends, family, and neighbors. Many places have local farmer markets where you could also sell  your excess haul for coffee money.

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