More people are becoming interested in building sustainable homes. It might have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic or it might have to do with the greater desire to “go green.” Maybe it’s both.
Whatever your motivation for wanting a more sustainable home, the process can seem overwhelming and complicated. No one wants to go too crazy on the first go but you also want to create a home that’s sustainable for decades to come.
So where do you begin? Scroll down on this short but comprehensive guide on sustainable homes.
Reducing Energy Consumption
One of the best ways to reduce energy consumption in your home is to install energy-efficient appliances.
A smart homeowner saves energy by making simple changes to the daily routines, such as turning off lights when you leave a room and washing your clothes in cold water.
Another way to reduce your home’s energy consumption is to improve its insulation. Adding insulation to your walls and attic can help keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, both of which will save you money on your energy bills.
Making a more energy-efficient and ecofriendly home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.
By making some easy changes, you can help reduce water waste and save money on your water bill.
You should keep in mind to fix any leaks as soon as possible, and install water-saving fixtures such as low-flow toilets and showerheads.
You may also consider collecting rainwater to water your plants and using grey water from laundry and dishwashing to water the garden.
There are a number of things you can do to have an ecofriendly lifestyle and one of them is air sealing.
This means caulking and weatherstripping around doors and windows, and sealing any gaps or cracks in the walls, floors, and ceilings.
Not only will this make your home more comfortable and efficient, but it will also reduce your environmental impact. You can also read about air sealing and learn the benefits that it can do to your home.
Recycling and Upcycling
Recycling and upcycling can help reduce your carbon footprint, save energy and resources, and divert waste from landfills.
To recycle, simply separate your recyclables from your regular trash and bring them to a local recycling center.
Upcycling is a bit more creative since it’s all about repurposing items that would otherwise be thrown away. For example, you could turn an old table into a plant stand or reuse jars as vases or storage containers.
Creating a Sustainable Home Made Easy
Now that you know some of the ways to make a sustainable home, it’s time to put them into action! You don’t have to do everything at once, even making small changes can have a big impact.
Choose one or two of the suggestions from this guide to start with and see how easy it is to make your home more sustainable.
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