Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How To Eco-Proof Your Home

We’re all beginning to understand more and more that we can’t just live with whatever’s most convenient anymore. We have a duty to limit our impact on the planet, for the sake of our children and the other creatures on earth. The good news is that most people don’t need to be convinced to do more for the earth. The trouble lies in that they don’t always know how to do it. Below, we take a look at a few useful tips for reducing your family’s carbon footprint just by making a few changes in the home. 

In the Kitchen

You can have arguably the biggest impact when it comes to your carbon footprint simply by changing what you’re stocking in your fridge and cupboards. Unless you’re buying your meat from a local producer, then the beef you have sitting in your fridge will have a tremendous carbon footprint. Indeed, the water that is used to make just one hamburger is equivalent to a month’s worth of showers. There are plenty of delicious vegan ingredients and recipes that can help you to reduce or eliminate your meat consumption entirely. 

Grow Your Own Vegetables

As well as what meals you prepare, there’s another way you can become a more environmentally friendly household: you can grow your own vegetables. Most people just pick theirs up in the supermarket, but in many cases, those vegetables will have traveled many miles from farm to plate. Instead, you can simplify the process by growing your own. It’s easy to set up a vegetable garden in your yard; if you don’t have an outdoor area, you can use a grow light bulb to produce them indoors. Not only will you be reducing your footprint. They also taste better, and you’ll be more in tune with the natural world. Nice!

Energy Solutions

The biggest impact your home will have on the natural world will be through the consumption of energy. It takes a lot to hear and power a home! But it’s important to remember that there are sustainable options when it comes to powering your home. Could you install solar panels, for example? They’re effective, and since the costs are coming down all the time, they’re much more affordable these days too. You can also look at some energy hacks, too. For example, an effective way to heat your home is to leave the oven door open once you’ve finished using it. You’ve got all that heat anyway, you may as well let it flow around your home.

The biggest change will be simply educating your family about how to use energy responsibly. You can slash your consumption -- and bills -- just by being mindful of how much you’re using.

Upcycled Furniture

Finally, when it comes to upgrading your furniture, look at upcycled options. These are cheaper, more stylish, and have a tiny carbon footprint when compared to new options. You can even make them yourself with a little guidance. And they’ll look great in your home. 

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