At present, there are around seven billion people on the planet. And each one of us draws on the Earth’s natural resources. Unsurprisingly, this takes a huge toll on Mother Earth.
This makes it imperative for each one of us to do our part when it comes to conserving our planet’s resources by pushing and going for more sustainable ways of living. We can start in our own households by reducing the energy and water we consume and finding alternative sources of energy that are more environment-friendly.
Here’s how you can make your home more sustainable:
Replace Your Lightbulbs
Swap out your conventional light bulbs with LED bulbs, which are more energy-efficient. Although the latter seems more expensive at the outset, the investment is worth it because LED bulbs last longer and consume lesser energy than ordinary light bulbs.
Make your Home Smarter
Schedule your home’s heating and cooling periods with a programmable thermostat. When you and your family are away from home, you can set the thermostat back by several degrees in order to save up to 15 percent off your energy bill.
Improve your insulation.
Check your home for any structural deficiencies like gaps around your doors and windows. Such openings encourage drafts to enter your home, thus forcing your heater to work twice as hard. If you insulate your home, you’ll not only be warmer but also have a lower energy bill.
Replace and upgrade your Appliances
Swap your old fridge, oven, washer, dryer, or dishwasher for newer, more energy-efficient models. Modern appliances have a great advantage over older ones in that they consume significantly less energy and water, result in lower energy bills monthly.
Grow a vegetable garden.
With a pack of seeds, soil, and a pot, you can take a big step to help the environment and improve your living situation. By growing your own food, you can minimize trips to the grocery store, thus minimize your carbon footprint, and enjoying super local foods.
Save water and reduce your water bills by capturing rainfall to use later to watering your garden, cleaning the driveway, and as a backup water supply in times of drought.
Set up solar panels on the roof of your house
This may be a major undertaking, but it is well worth the expense and your efforts. Aside from being non-polluting, solar panels can virtually obliterate your electric bill by harnessing solar energy to power your entire household.
Even if you don’t go to the extent of installing a solar panel on your roof, all of these item can make a big different. Simple actions such as storing rainwater and swapping your light bulbs can bring about a significant change in the environment, especially if this action on your part sparks inspiration in your friends and neighbours to do the same.