The fact that people are taking the issue of eco-friendliness more seriously is great. But, even though so many people want to lead a greener lifestyle, it’s not always easy to start.
That particular difficulty often comes when it’s time to make your home more sustainable. However, you don’t need huge projects such as solar energy – unless you’re truly up for that – in order to make your home green. It’s true that some things may require an initial investment, but that investment will pay off in the long run. What’s more, you can always take things slowly.
It’s time for a fresh coat of paint
Paint is one of the simplest yet most effective projects when it comes to freshening up your home and doing a nice makeover. The same can be said for your new green home as well. Essentially, you want to choose low-VOC or paint that has no VOCs at all. VOC stands for volatile organic compound, which translates to toxic fumes and gas.
The headaches and dizziness that usually come with fresh paint are triggered by VOCs. And the effect can remain for a couple of years. Switching to low- or zero-VOC paint will do both you and the planet a ton of good.
Keep the air clean
Clean air is essential for a green home. However, there’s more that you can do aside from just opening your windows. Investing in an air-purifier with HVAC filters is definitely a great idea. Clean air is good for you both mentally and physically, and you’ll also get to minimize your home’s carbon footprint.
Furthermore, keep the air vents clean and don’t hesitate to introduce actual greenery into your home. Plants are natural air purifiers. Moreover, real plants can elevate any interior and improve your mood.
Decorate with eco-friendliness in mind
When you turn your new green leaf, remember that even decorating can affect your sustainable home and lifestyle. For starters, refrain from buying items that waste the world’s natural resources. Instead, put your trust in companies that use sustainably sourced resources. This is especially true for wooden elements.
You can also buy used items at thrift stores and flea markets. As mentioned, plants are great natural décor. Thermal curtains are a great sustainable solution as they keep the warm/cool air locked inside your home. Warm up your space with an eco-friendly jute rug available in many different shapes, sizes and designs. Furthermore, use organic materials for your textiles such as cushions, linens and throws.
Control the water flow and electricity
Wasting water and electricity is one of the biggest causes for concern when it comes to the green aspect of your home. If you want to reduce your water waste, install low-flow faucets and shower heads that will effectively control the amount of water you use without sacrificing the functionality.
When it comes to electricity, you might want to consider replacing your old appliances with energy-efficient ones. These star-rated appliances won’t use up as much energy which will soon show on your bills as well. Of course, you don’t have to replace all appliances at once. Also, think about installing dimmer switches. Not many people think about how much energy waste goes on lighting.
Reduce your toxic waste
Have you ever thought about just how many toxins get released into the environment simply through the cleaning agents you use? Common home cleaning products that are readily available in stores often contain chemicals that can damage your health and the planet. You can opt for eco-friendly cleaning solutions or create your own all-natural cleaning agents with water, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda.
Keep in mind that the biggest difference you can make for the environment is your own lifestyle and the actions you take. In that respect, discuss this with your household so that you can all pay more attention to turning off taps when you’re not using them, switching off the lights and appliances as well as your recycling habits.
If you have a garden, you can also do some organic composting. In general, keep your home and your life clutter-free so that there’s less waste to go around as well.