Over the last decade, our understanding of climate change and its impact on the earth has continued to develop.
We know the facts now:
- the burning of fossil fuels in factories and automobiles, contributes to the warming of the planet.
- that our addiction to plastic is killing marine life at a rapid rate. It won’t be long before plastic overpopulates the sea and outnumbers fish.
- Our forests, seas, deserts, and tundra are all suffering the effects of our relentless thirst for convenience.
- Storms like we’ve recently witnessed are being fuelled by rising temperatures.
Eco Friendly House Tips
Fortunately, many sections of society are fighting back. They’re revolutionising their routines and figuring out new ways to work in partnership with natural environments.
You can be part of this movement. All you’ve got to do is make a few small changes at home, by making it an eco friendly house.
Transform your home into an eco-friendly paradise and protect its connection to the earth.
Install Solar Panels
If you want to invest in long term, no fuss sustainability, solar energy is the way to go.
It requires almost no maintenance, and the amount of energy saved is substantial.
Plus, you can get solar panels from AGL and other vendors at a very affordable price.
In fact, in some countries like Australia and some Canadian provinces, the government offers subsidies to homeowners who are willing to install solar panels on their houses.
Therefore, the products which you’ll find on sale are discounted to reflect this. You don’t have to pay the costs upfront. There are plenty of finance options.
Use Energy Saving Bulbs
For an even cheaper, smaller improvement, swap out standard bulbs for energy saving LEDs.
They shine for ten times longer than normal bulbs and consume a quarter of the electricity.
Green LEDs are only marginally more expensive and save money in the long run.
As they burn for much longer periods, there’s no fiddling with replacements. You can dispense with wobbling chairs and put your confidence in solid, reliable LEDs. They don’t produce heat like standard bulbs, so there’s less risk of burns and fires.
Create a Wild Garden
The popularity of wild gardens is on the rise.
Not only do they look beautiful, but they are also great for attracting wildlife.
If you stick with native species and opt for low maintenance, slow growing plants, you’ll use a fraction of the water needed for manicured lawns.
While growing flowers and building a home for the birds is not going to stop climate change in its tracks, it contributes to the health of your immediate environment and your eco friendly house.
You’ll benefit from cleaner air, and enjoy the knowledge that you’re helping wildlife survive and thrive.
Buy Non-Toxic Detergents
It is easier than ever to source environmentally friendly cleaning products and detergents.
They don’t cost much more than standard cleaning chemicals, and they have a much gentler impact on the air inside your home.
They have less of an effect when they enter the water supply too, which is not something we often think of.
Toxic chemicals from domestic detergents are responsible for the destruction of marine plants and wildlife.
Take Speedy Showers
Most people are happy to admit to a fondness for long, languid showers. Unfortunately, they are one of the major culprits when it comes to soaring energy costs.
Cutting showering time in half can be difficult at first, but it saves a remarkable amount of water.
Don’t forget that quick, energetic showers are better for the mood and body. I’m the queen of quick showers. I love the warm water against my skin but I’m often bound by time and water waste.
The longer you spend bathing, the faster that feeling of refreshment dissipates. So, if you want to start your morning on the right track, jump in the shower and jump back into your towel just as quickly.
The Gist of it
Sometimes, it can be hard to find the motivation to make sustainable changes and turn your home into an eco friendly house.
Often, the talk about green lifestyles feels like it’s directed only at those with disposable wealth and plenty of free time.
The good news is that green industries are progressing at a rapid rate and eco-friendly products are increasingly accessible.
If the lure of environmental nurturing doesn’t persuade you, consider the cash you could save by adopting just a few sustainable habits by turning your place into an eco friendly house.
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Grace from Color & Grace. Based in Troy, Michigan, Grace is a 42 year-old petite woman who loves colours. Born and raised in China, she moved to America for love in 2007. Her day job – teacher. Her dream job – fashion blogger. Make sure to go and check out her blog and leave her a comment on her awesome outfit.
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