Ways to Make your home Eco Friendly
If you want to begin converting your home into an eco-friendly environment, it is important to note that you do not need to run out and buy all new appliances or completely remodel your home to accomplish this. Although energy efficient appliances are an excellent addition for an eco-friendly home, the easiest way to get started is with small steps. Each step you take to become more eco-friendly will have an impact on the future. Here are some easy tips to help you start having a more eco-friendly home.
Learning to save water is a great first step. There are several things you can do to reduce the amount of water usage in your home. For example, placing a brick in the toilet system will help to reduce the amount of water used during each flush. Use trash cans to collect rain water that can be used for watering the garden.
When you begin to save energy, not only are you doing your part to be more eco-friendly, but you will also notice a significant decrease in the cost of your utilities. The easiest way to start is by changing all of the light bulbs in your home to energy efficient LED bulbs, turn off all lights that are not being used and unplug all electronics when they aren’t in use. When doing laundry, washing items in cold water and drying outside will significantly cut down on your use of energy. In addition to saving on energy while doing the laundry, you can also save on the cost of laundry detergent and protect the environment from the chemicals found in store bought detergents. Homemade laundry detergent is quick and easy to make, simply mix a box of washing soda, a shredded bar of your favorite soap and a box of borax, mix and use only about 3 tablespoons of detergent for each load.
If you use your imagination and creativity, you will find there are hundreds of easy and fun ways to save money and be eco-friendly at the same time. For example, consider shopping at thrift stores or consignment shops to recycle or consider donating your used items to a thrift shop for others to recycle.