Agustina Bluthgen  /   08/18/2021

Creating A Sustainable Home In 7 Steps

We have all been worried about pollution, the greenhouse effect, and the many consequences of global warming. You want to help to build a better and more sustainable planet but don’t know yet where to start. You may think that all the solutions and practices have to be made on a large scale. The good news is that there are a lot of ways you can help from where you are! The easiest, quickest way to help the environment is turning your house into a sustainable home.

Of course, governmental regulations and big corporations play a very important role in sustainability. They are necessary for companies and the general population to know how to be more sustainable. But individual actions are also important! And making your home more sustainable is one of them.

There are many small improvements that you can make to make your house a sustainable home. You don’t need to demolish your house and build a new one. You don’t need to decide to live off-grid to collaborate with sustainability. There are ways to make your home more sustainable that you can start right away with what you already have!

There are several ways to care for a sustainable home. One of the best parts is that it’s both eco and budget-friendly! To help you get started, we’ve laid out seven easy ways to make your home sustainable.

1. Skip the dryer when possible

Take advantage of the sun and the hot months and line-dry your clothes outside. If you don’t have a garden you can install a drying rack on your balcony or laundry room. Remember to keep windows open to allow the sun and wind to dry your clothes.

2. Wash your clothes in cold water

In case you didn’t know, most of the water you use at home is destined for cleaning. And most of the energy you use goes toward heating that water. To have a more sustainable home you can consider using your washing machine in the cold water setting. There’s no need to use the hot water setting unless you are dealing with hard-to-remove stains. 

3. Exchange your regular light bulbs for LED bulbs

Investing in energy-efficient light bulbs will make your home more sustainable. LED bulbs last longer, help you save money in the long run, and are eco-friendly.

4. Use natural cleaning products, even better if they are homemade!

Natural cleaning products are as effective as regular ones, without containing harmful chemicals. Making this swap will help make your home more sustainable and you will also be thinking about your health! It is true that natural cleaning products are more expensive, but you can make them by yourself. All you need are basic pantry items that you already have at home, like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice.

5. Use a programmable thermostat

To make your home more sustainable, you can consider installing a programmable thermostat. This will help you track your cooling and heating systems. This can also help you reduce your utility bills!

6. Get window treatments

To avoid using air conditioning, think about upgrading your curtains and blinds. This will collaborate with sustainability by maintaining the temperature inside your house and lower your electricity bill during hot summer months.

7. Decorate your house with plants

Plants are great for decorating and contributing to the ambiance of your home. And, at the same time, they are also good for indoor air cleaning. 

There are a lot of other simple practices that can help you make your home more sustainable. There are also a lot of videos and courses you can check out. The important thing is that you start looking for solutions and alternatives to contribute to a greener planet right at home! For more tips on sustainability, check out our articles on how to be more sustainable at home.

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