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How can we be more sustainable in our homes?

by Janine Riley April 25, 2023 2 min read

How can we be more sustainable in our homes?

 

There are many steps you can take to be more sustainable in your home, here are our recommended 7:

 

  1. Reduce energy consumption: You can reduce your energy consumption by turning off lights, appliances, and electronics when not in use. You can also switch to energy-efficient light bulbs and consider using smart thermostats and programmable timers for your heating and cooling systems.

 

  1. Reduce water consumption: You can reduce your water consumption by fixing any leaks in your home, taking shorter showers, and installing low-flow showerheads and faucets. You can also collect rainwater to use for watering plants and your garden.

 

  1. Reduce waste: You can reduce your waste by recycling, composting, and reducing the number of single-use plastics you use. Use cloth bags or reusable containers instead of disposable bags and containers and avoid buying products with excess packaging.

 

  1. Use eco-friendly products: You can use eco-friendly products such as non-toxic cleaning products, natural pest control products, and biodegradable products.

 

  1. Conserve resources: You can conserve resources by using eco-friendly materials in your home such as sustainable wood, bamboo, and recycled materials. You can also use natural lighting and consider installing solar panels for renewable energy.

 

  1. Reduce carbon footprint: You can reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your use of fossil fuels, such as driving less, carpooling, or using public transportation, and using energy-efficient appliances.

 

  1. Support local: Supporting local farmers and businesses can help reduce your carbon footprint by reducing transportation emissions from long-distance travel of goods.

 

Remember that small changes can make a big difference, so start with one or two steps and work your way towards a more sustainable lifestyle in your home.

 

by Carla de Jesus

Photo credit: Margot Richard