Many people would love to make their home more environmentally friendly but are overwhelmed at the thought of doing so. They believe that making their home greener will require them to make drastic and expensive changes.
While it is true that there are many expensive changes you can do to your home to make it more environmentally friendly, it’s also true that there are just as many if not more small and relatively inexpensive ones as well.
Here are the top five steps to making your home more environmentally friendly:
- Install A Programmable Thermostat
The beauty of a programmable thermostat is that it can regulate the temperature of your home throughout the day based on the settings that you make. This means that your home will lower or increase its temperature as appropriate without you having to do anything.
- Replace Your Furnishings
If you have any furniture or furnishings that aren’t making your home more friendly to the environment (or having the opposite effect), then you can search online for alternative pieces of furniture that will be friendlier.
- Replace Your Appliances
Your current appliances such as your refrigerator, oven, or stove can be wasting much energy instead of saving it. The quickest solution here is to replace those appliances with an energy start alternatives. The added bonus here is that there are available tax credits for replacing any energy inefficient appliances or produces in your house with environmentally friendly ones.
- Insulate Your Windows
If you have any energy inefficient windows in your house but can’t afford to replace them, then your next bet alternative will be to insulate them. Place caulking around your windows to prevent any air from seeping inside or outside. This will both cool down your home during the summer while making it warmer during the winter.
You can further save energy by using a thermal window treatment to help block out the sunlight. You’ll especially want this if you live in a warm or hot environment.
- Turn Your Kitchen Scraps Into Compost
Rather than throw your kitchen scraps away, why not put them to good use by turning them into compost? Eggshells, vegetable peels, fruit peels, coffee grounds, paper towels, and napkins will the best items to recycle into compost, which you can then either sell to your neighbors or use in your gardens.
The more scraps of food you turn into compost, the more good you’ll be doing for the environment. By keeping as many food scraps out of landfills as possible, it will help prevent those landfills from accumulating methane gas. Buy a compost bin and place it somewhere convenient, such as in your garage or in your back porch.
Making Your Home Friendly To The Environment
These are just five steps that you can take right now to make your home greener. But there are many more techniques out there for you to learn as well, so don’t end your research here.