Carbon dioxide emissions and the accumulation of plastics are the biggest problems we are facing these days. Not all homeowners can afford solar panels to conserve energy. However, there are small and simple ways that are efficient and can make your home into an eco-friendly place.
Use LED light bulbs
Changing your regular light bulbs with LED lights can make a big difference to your home. LED bulbs are far more efficient than regular ones. They consume less electricity but emit the same or even better lumens. They are also more durable, eco-friendly, and can help you save money on electricity.
Get recycling bin and compost bin
Recycling bins are very helpful when you are segregating glass bottles, jars, bottles, and other objects. Compost bins, on the other hand, will help you discard leftovers and at the same time will give you free fertilizer that you can use in your garden. You can improvise your own compost bin if you want to save money. You can also opt to buy commercially available compost bins. These are designed to be neat, tidy, and odor-free.
Plant herbs and spices
Plant your own herb and spices garden. The good thing about these plants is that they don’t take much space and can be done in small pots. Do this on the patio or even provide a small spot in your home. You can then use the herbs and spices that you have for your favorite dishes in addition to making your home eco-friendly.
Plants as decors
Indoor plants are not only effective in improving indoor air quality. They can also make your home look vibrant and refreshing. Just don’t forget to give them their needs, such as sunlight and water.
Add window treatments
Curtains and blinds are efficient insulators. As such, the temperature inside your home can be regulated without the use of air conditioners, thus saving electricity. In addition to these, your home will even look lovelier with attractive curtains or blinds.
Use the kitchen smartly
Be smart in using kitchen appliances. For instance, instead of using a pod coffee maker, use a drip coffee maker. The plastic capsules may just add to the pollution. With drip coffee makers, all you need are coffee grounds. Moreover, it is smart to plan your meals so that the use of stoves will be cost-efficient.
Use homemade natural cleaning products
Natural cleaning products are effective as those that are bought in the stores. Moreover, they do not contain any harmful chemicals which are important especially if you have kids at home. You can make your own cleaning agents by using vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
DIY instead of buying new items
Why buy new items when you can create your own. DIY items will even unleash your creativity. The good thing about this project is that you can do this with your family. Look at different websites, magazines, or books for inspiration. You can recycle old items in your home and use them to create new products. For sure, your children will have a great time doing this project with you. At the same time, you will also be saving money for other projects or expenses.