Going Green: 10 Easy Eco Home Ideas

If you’re looking to make a smaller carbon footprint, try these simple solutions for creating a more eco-friendly home and lifestyle. From repurposing to recycling, there are simple ways to make an environmental difference without forgoing showers or installing pricey solar panels in your home. These daily tips will help minimize how much waste is created in your household:

 

1. Decorate with vintage and repurposed items.

 

Repurposing items you own or shopping for vintage items is not only cheaper and more unique, but it also helps the environment out by not adding to packaging waste and production needs.

 


 

2. Replace your blinds and curtains with more insulated versions to save energy.

 

People avoid thicker blinds and curtains because they block out natural light. In recent years, more energy efficient options for both have become available on the market to keep temperatures at bay while still allowing natural light in.

 


 

3. Store a pitcher of chilled water in the fridge.

 

An astonishing amount of water is wasted every time we wait for water to heat up or cool down. Save gallons every time you get a cup of water by keeping a pitcher of it in the refridgerator.

 

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4. Keep a stock of lemons handy.

 

Lemon juice can easily replace a lot of the chemical-ridden cleaners in your home.

 

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5. Consider reorganizing your space for maximum storage without purchasing anything new.

 

Bringing in organization tools adds to the clutter you already have. Purge what you don’t need and maximize your available storage. After living in a place for a few months, it’s easier to get creative with the layout and locate hidden storage.

 


 

6. Use bamboo flooring, as opposed to wood or carpet.

 

Bamboo grows more quickly than trees, making it a more eco-friendly option than wood floors and it’ll last longer than carpet.

 


 

7. Switch out light bulbs for energy-efficient ones.

 

Energy-efficient light bulbs have a bigger upfront cost but the amount of money they save on the power bill will more than make up for it. Also, many energy companies offer eco bulbs at a very low rate (and sometimes free) to their customers, so check with them to see how much you can save.

 

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8. Keep reusable bags everywhere.

 

And we mean everywhere-in your car, your home, under the sink, in your purse, and by the door-so that the next time you run out to grab something from the grocery store, you don’t wind up with yet another bag to add to your collection.

 

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9. Don’t be cheap when shopping.

 

High quality items tend to last longer and will save money in the long run. Because of the intense packaging products have, purchasing new ones will always lead to more trash. Cheap, good-for-now products might work for a quick fix but you’ll end up spending more to replace them and waste a lot of packaging in the process. Take the time to understand what you’re buying and the environmental impact it has.

 


 

10. Keep a larger recycling bin and a smaller trashcan to encourage more recycling.

 

When the recycling bin is full, it’s tempting to throw things into the trash. A larger recycling bin will solve that problem while serving as a reminder to sort trash before tossing it.