With this free guide, you’ll be able to transform your house from a common and unsustainable house to a complete eco-friendly home in a few simple steps. This comprehensive guide will cover from the moment you enter your home until you’re in bed not forgetting about your backyard. This will help you to be more sustainable and to reduce your carbon footprint at your own pace.
I’m starting from the beginning with this guide. I’ll take a tour of my house and we will check together what we can do better in terms of sustainability and transform a simple house into an eco-friendly home. This will help by reducing our carbon footprint and also by reducing some expenses.
Sustainable from the outside
When you look at a house, the first thing you’ll notice is its color, how big it is, and the windows and doors it has. Windows and doors can be sustainable. If you are thinking in buy a new door, use locally sourced wood or look at fiberglass or steel doors. They will last you a lifetime and they are very energy efficient. This also applies to windows. With glass, if possible, opt for double glass windows as they are way more efficient when compared to normal windows.
When you reach the house, you will be welcomed by a lovely eco-friendly doormat made with coconut coir or recycled materials. They do the same as others, but they look amazing and you’re telling everybody your house is sustainable even before they put a foot inside.
Make your kitchen more eco-friendly in few steps
So you enter a house, usually, the first division they take you is to the kitchen to have a drink, or have dinner with them. Here is a great and easy place to start making your house more sustainable by simply starting to compost the food leftovers. Also, not all trash can be composted, but the bags you use can. Choose compostable or bio-degradable trash bags. Separate all your trash, and recycle as much as possible. What you can’t recycle, avoid buying in the first place. Almost always there is an eco-friendly alternative to certain products. Take a look on Google or on this site for alternative products that I may have reviewed. The search button is on the right side of the site, you can also take a look at the gear section.
If you’re buying new, choose electrical appliances that are efficient and from reputable brands that have a good record on their things last years and brands that offer good support. If you already have all the appliances bought, you won’t buy new ones when those you already have are working fine. You can always check if they are working properly and do some preventive maintenance so it won’t break and make you spend a lot of money on that.
Turning to something cheaper to fix or change. Check all your faucets for leaks and if any is leaking fix that as soon as possible. It is costing you loads of money every day it’s leaking and it is also wasting good and potable water that is so important to our planet.
Sustainable entertainment is the best entertainment
Continuing the house tour, after the kitchen, the most commonplace to visit is the living room. Here is where most of the at-home entertainment is situated. I’m talking about the TV, gaming console, sofas, lighting,… Every object category that fits in your living room can be tweaked to be more sustainable. Starting from the top: lighting, you can buy smart RGB LED lights or simple LED lights and you’ll be automatically spending less than using other kinds of lighting. Those lights are fancy and can transform the ambient with a voice command or when you arrive home. They are also getting cheaper, so now it’s the best time to invest in some lighting for your house.
With TV, gaming consoles, modems, routers, or setup boxes, you can’t do much about it. My advice here is to connect it to a smart plug and turn it off when not in use. Even on standby most of the pieces of equipment consume energy, so it’s a good thing to do when you don’t need that equipment. Those costs can easily add up.
On decoration, sofas, and other furniture, as always, buy locally from sustainable sources and materials. You’re getting more quality and you’re also helping your local economy.
Save the planet while sleeping
If you can help to save the world during your sleep by doing simple gestures like turning off the AC you are helping more than you may think. AC’s harm the environment by emitting harmful gases into the atmosphere.
You can also buy sustainable fashion, bedding, and decoration. Buy locally, buy sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Buy to last.
Baths that save the environment
The bathroom is the ideal room to start to be more sustainable and eco-friendly. There’s so much to improve in such a small place. Starting with soap. There are a bunch of brands that are selling solid shampoos, soaps, and everything between. As you can see on my profile picture on the right side or below the post, I have not that much hair, but it still needs to be clean and I spend almost the same quantity as when I had a bigger haircut. So don’t let the air size fool you. I recently bought solid shampoo and I’m loving it so far. It hasn’t been tested on animals, has cardboard packaging, and smells so good! I also use a solid soap bar to clean my body, it is organic and also gives your body a good and subtle smell
I also don’t use liquid soap for hands, I have one organic soap bar near the sink and as the other soaps, it lasts for months. Try it! For brushing my teeth, use bamboo toothbrushes and organic toothpaste. They usually don’t cost more than not so eco-friendly alternatives, so you won’t notice the change in your budget.
For the toilet, I use a composting toilet and a portable bidet. So the toilet paper shortage we suffered some months ago didn’t affect me. Also, you will always feel fresh and super clean after doing your business when comparing to toilet paper. Think about the money and environmental savings of reducing the use of toilet paper. It’s insane!
Grow an eco-friendly backyard
If you’re fortunate enough to have a backyard, start composting and grow your own food. More sustainable than this is almost impossible. By composting you’re creating nutrients for your future vegetables you will grow someday. By growing those vegetables you’ll save money, feed them with your compost, and ultimately feed yourself and your family with those vegetables. It’s a funny activity to do with your kids, they’ll learn about sustainability since young and they’ll know where the food they eat comes from. It’s an important lesson for them to know because there are lots of kids that still thinks that the food comes from the store. That’s the sad reality we are living in nowadays. So it’s a good idea to start this education in your home, and you and your family will eat so much better when comparing to the bought food from the supermarket.
As you can see you don’t need to break the bank to be more sustainable, in most cases it will save you money! And according to my book that’s a win-win situation where everybody and the environment wins. Those are the simple steps that make all the difference when saving the environment.
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