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
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
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.
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.
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils
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.