Top 11 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Home
1. Become more self-sufficient by growing your own food through gardening and homesteading. Even just having a little herb garden is great!
2. Invest in sustainable products like glass, stainless steel, or bamboo for your home.
3. Use sustainable and reusable grocery bags instead of taking plastic bags from the store. If you must use these bags, wash them and keep reusing them at home!
4. Compost veggie/fruit peelings and scraps, old flowers and plants, egg boxes, paper, and leaves so that goodness can be returned to your garden!
5. Buy in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging waste. Things like toilet paper, pet food, soap, etc.
6. Conserve energy by turning off or unplugging electronics when not in use. Turning off electronics like your television and computer monitor, and unplugging kitchen appliances that are only used every now and then is a great way to lower energy consumption.
7. Use renewable energy such as solar panels to create your own energy and electricity. Think big like solar panels on your roof to power your home, or even small solar lights for your balcony or walkway.
8. Conserve water by not letting the faucet run, taking quick showers, saving warm-up water, etc.
9. Shop secondhand when you can for things like decor, clothing, furniture, picture frames, TVs, etc.
10. Reuse and repurpose as much as you can, like finding ways to ways to repurpose glass jars and upcycling items into planter pots. Repurposing items is a great way to give them a new life.
11. Recycle anything you cannot reuse such as plastic, aluminum, and paper products. A goal you want to keep in mind when going green is to keep things out of landfills, and recycling is a great way to do that.
All of these ideas will not only help create positive change for your home and our planet, but it’s also a great way to save money over time.