The environment is something that is very important to me, and when my husband and I moved into our first home together, it was incredibly important to both of us to do everything we could to reduce the negative impact we have as a couple on the environment.
With global warming being an incredibly charged topic of conversation, with lots of blame being thrown around, and little change, I decided that I would simply do what I could within my own environment to make a difference, and hope that my small changes could rub off on my friends/family, and then the impact would become a little greater.
10 TIPS FOR A GREENER HOME
- Use Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products: This may be one of the easiest changes you can make in your home that will be both healthier for you and the environment. Because cleaning products do not need to list their ingredients, it can be very difficult to tell whether the products you are using could potentially be harmful to both you and the environment. Swapping out your bleach for DIY cleaning methods, or greener cleaning products can reduce the amount of pollutants you are exposing yourself, and your family to, not to mention reduce the contaminants you add into the water system.
- Reduce Water Waste: Water is one of the earths more precious resources, and most of us take it for granted. Reduce water waste in your own home simply by changing your shower heads to more efficient versions, such as this one. You can also invest in automatic touchless faucets for your kitchen/bathrooms that stop running when your hands are not under them.
- Buy Eco-Friendly Sheets/Towels: Many are not aware that towels, sheets, and face cloths actually come in contact with a great deal of pesticides, bleaches, and dyes on their way from the cotton fields they originated on, through the factories they were produced in. Since we spend about 1/3 of our days in bed, one easy way to make our homes more eco-friendly is to swap our sheets/towels for more eco friendly brands.
- Swap Your Incandescent Light Bulbs For Energy Saving Versions: The energy savings that can be found by switching light bulbs is astounding. Trading just one incandescent light bulb for an eco-friendly version can prevent the emission of over 400 lbs of greenhouse gases entering our environment.
- Give Up Bottled Water For Good: Nothing is simpler than making the change from bottled water for reusable water bottles. Install a water filtration system in your home, or onto your kitchen faucet, and go ahead and buy yourself a beautiful reusable water bottle. Overtime you will save money, and your impact on our landfills will be greatly reduced.
- Choose To Recycle: Recycling is one of those things that can seem somewhat intimidating at first, but it has a huge impact on our environment and what items make their way into our oceans and landfills. It is super simple to purchase two trash bins and use one for items that can be recycled such as glass, tin cans, and paper items.
- Compost: While we are on the topic of recycling, composting is another easy way to reduce the amount of food waste we put back into the environment. While this may be a little more difficult to do in an apartment without any designated outdoor space, if you do some some green space, or a garden, compositing is a great way to take your food waste and put the amazing nutrients in it back into the earth.
- Switch to Reusable Dish Towels: I know that many people would not want to give up paper towels for good, but by investing in some good microfiber (eco-friendly) dish-towels you are reducing the amount of paper you use. Fun/horrible fact: The paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming...so basically you should try ro reduce your use of paper every way you can.
- Use A Programmable Thermostat: These thermostats are actually really easy to install in your home without the help/need for an electrician, and make a serious dent on your energy costs. You control the heat in various rooms, and also reduce the heat when you aren't home to save energy.
- Reduce Your Meat Intake: Alright now for the meat eating environmentalists out there this one is not something you are really going to hear. The meat industry is actually the largest and most significant contributor to global warming, and if we all simply reduced our meat/dairy intake to one day per week the positive effects on our environment would be overwhelming. For those who are interested in learning more about how the meat industry impacts our environment I highly recommend you watch the documentary Cowspiracy.
For a list of some of my favorite environmentally friendly brands visit my Love The Earth Resources page.