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Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint and save the environment or just lower your energy bills, there are plenty of reasons to convert to an environmentally friendly home. Going green is easier and more affordable than ever. Check out these top tips to make your home more eco-friendly.
Switch to a Latex Mattress
There are lots of reasons why to buy a latex mattress: they’re comfy, durable, good for back pain, and good for the environment! Latex mattresses are made from natural latex and have minimal off-gassing, with no harsh chemicals in the mattress. Some are even biodegradable!
Replace Your Old Light Bulbs with Energy-Efficient Ones
Time to swap out your lightbulbs! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent lights — and last 25 times longer! So not only do they save on energy, but they’ll save you money too.
Use the Microwave, Not the Oven
Your conventional electric oven uses almost twice as much energy as a microwave or toaster oven! So when you’re cooking for one or are making a small meal, it’s better to use the microwave. The conventional oven has to preheat, and opening and closing the door can let the heat out, causing it to waste energy.
Wash Your Clothes with Cold Water
According to Energy Star, almost 90% of the energy used by your washing machine goes towards heating the water! Switch to cold water and you can eliminate hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year! Cold water is also better for the longevity of your clothes, meaning you won’t have to replace them as often, so it saves you money in the long run!
Fix Leaky Faucets
A dripping faucet is not only annoying, but it’s also damaging to the environment! One drip every second adds up to five gallons of wasted water per day. That’s a lot of waste for a valuable resource, and totally worth a call to the plumber. Similarly, your toilet can account for almost 30% of your household’s indoor water usage — make sure it’s working properly and not using excess water, or upgrade to a newer model!
Compost Your Food Scraps
Composting is one of the greenest things you can do! Food scraps thrown in the garbage end up in landfills, which release greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. Instead of tossing your food into the trash, start a compost. This way, the waste breaks down organically and becomes a nutrient-rich treat for the soil in your yard or garden!
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Save on energy and your energy bill! With a programmable thermostat, you can set your home to heat and cool as necessary and not waste energy. In the summer, you can set it to be slightly warmer during the day when no one’s home, and then nice and cool in the evening when you get home from work.
Start a Backyard Garden
Grow your own produce! Not only will you be eating the freshest fruits and vegetables, pesticide-free, but growing your own food in a backyard garden cuts down on the emissions from transporting produce from farms to grocery stores, to your house. Since you’re already composting, it’s the natural next step! There are also other eco-friendly tips from Ecoy where it can be benefited to your home as well.
As you can see, you too can contribute to saving our planet and making it a much more pleasant habitat for all.