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10 Small Ways You Can Create An Eco-Friendly Home

1. Switch to LED lightbulbs

LED stands for light-emitting diode. According to Energy Star, LED lightbulbs produce approximately 90% more efficiently than traditional incandescent light bulbs. Using LED lighting can help make your home run more efficiently while helping you save money. High quality LED lights have a life expectancy of 30,000-50,000 hours or even longer, while a typical incandescent light bulb last only 8,000 to 10,000 hours.

2. Install low-flow showerheads

Showers are responsible for up to 30 percent of household water use. Swapping out your showerhead for a low-flow one can help conserve water. You can save around 2,900 gallons of water each year when you install a low-flow showerhead. Up until the year 1992, traditional showerheads would use up five to eight gallons of water per minute. Today’s showerhead standard is that only 2.5 gallons per minute, while low-flow models only use up two gallons or less per minute. Installing a low-flow showerhead will decrease your home’s water consumption, save energy, lower annual heating costs, and reduce your monthly water bill.

3. Purchase energy-efficient appliances

Purchasing energy-efficient appliances may be a bigger investment than a traditional appliance, but it’s important to think about the price tag of an appliance over its entire lifetime.

4. Use natural cleaning products

Making the switch to eco-friendly cleaning products helps reduce harmful chemicals that are being released into the environment, creates better air quality, and creates a safer home. Ditching the toxic, hazardous chemicals found in conventional cleaning products will help improve earth’s eco-systems. When conventional cleaning products are sprayed they can create pollution in the surrounding air, switching to natural products will help reduce dangerous chemicals in both the air and on surfaces in your home.

5. Use a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats save you money while reducing energy waste. Investing in a programmable thermostat will allow you to monitor and control your heating and cooling. When you go solar, adding a smart thermostat is a great way to take full potential of your clean power production.

6. Switch to paying your bills online

Reduce paper waste when you use online billing. The fewer paper bills that are sent out, the less energy that is being used to print, process, mail, and transport them. Not only is online billing the more environmentally friendly option it also cuts out paper clutter in your life.

7. Reusable bags

Some 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into the oceans every year from coastal regions. Plastic has made its way into almost all aspects of our lives. We can make a big impact by switching some of our day-to-day habits. Using a canvas bag when you do your grocery shopping will significantly decrease your plastic use over your lifetime.

8. Fill your home with plants

Adding plants to your home is a fantastic way to improve air quality. Plants perform photosynthesis, through the removal of carbon dioxide in the air and transforming it into oxygen. Some house plants can reduce pollutants in the air, such as carbon dioxide, benzene, formaldehyde, and mercury. These air pollutants cause health problems like dizziness,

Promote energy conservation in your home by line drying your clothing. The household dryer is one of the biggest energy consumers in your home. Choosing to air-dry your clothes can reduce your household carbon footprint by nearly 2,400 pounds a year.

9. Pass on paper towels

Ditch wasteful paper towels and instead use sustainable alternatives such as cloth and linen rags. While paper towels are extremely convenient, you might want to think twice for you reach for your next roll. Each year the U.S. produces over 3,000 tons of paper towels waste. 120,000 tons of waste could be eliminated each year if U.S. households used three rolls less a year.

10. Embrace cold water

Opting for cold water when washing your clothing can reduce your energy consumption and financial expenses. Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy that washing machines use. Turning down your hater water heater by 10 degrees can save 3 to 5 percent on energy costs. Dropping your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees comes at no cost to you while saving you roughly $40 – $60 a year.


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