Whether you recycle or install solar panels, making an effort to create an Eco-friendly home can make a big impact on our planet. Even if you’re already living an Earth-friendly lifestyle, there’s always more to be done. To help you on your green journey, we’ve gathered five interesting ways to green your home. Some are simple, and some require a bit more dedication; no matter what you do, though, the Earth will thank you! 🙂
Here are 5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Green Your Home:
- Say Goodbye to Paper Towels
- Save Scraps
- Buy Nearby
- Rely on Geothermal Energy
- Thoughtfully Wash Clothes
Say Goodbye to Paper Towels
That also goes for paper napkins, paper plates and anything else that’s limited to one use. Sure, your paper towels make dishwashing convenient, but they end up creating lots of waste that’s not typically recycled. Break the habit by switching to flour-sack towels, for example, which wick away moisture just as effectively. They can be washed and reused, which will save some space at the local landfill. The same goes for other paper and plastic products with suitable replacements. Get creative.
There will be days when, even as an adult, you find it difficult to finish all your vegetables. That’s where a compost pile comes in. You can collect all the organic waste you and your roommates or your family members create. These unassuming scraps can actually be used to create some of the richest soil imaginable for your garden. It’s easy to start one, too: Some pioneers have spent as little as $15 to create their own.
The supermarket next door sure is convenient, but where is the food actually coming from? If you want to earn your green card, it’s about time you start asking. It turns out, many big-box stores and supermarkets import their products from around the world, especially out-of-season produce. This wastes an incredible amount of resources, from packaging materials to the fossil fuels required to transport the actual product.
If you start buying from local farmers and markets, you can ensure your food hasn’t gone through eco-unfriendly processing. As an added bonus, your food will taste fresher too!
Rely on Geothermal Energy
Do you feel that heat radiating from inside of the Earth? Probably not. You will once you’ve outfitted your home with a geothermal energy system, though. Geothermal energy systems rely on a pump that moves liquid in a circuit from your home to below the Earth’s surface, where the ground temperature stays warm and steady.
In winter, the liquid heats up underground and transfers that heat back into your home. In summer, the liquid carries indoor heat under the ground so that your house stays cool. It doesn’t require many resources to operate, either, which explains why the EPA is singing its praises. You will, too.
Thoughtfully Wash Clothes
Perhaps you have some extra time on your hands and you want to get ahead on your laundry, despite the fact that your hamper isn’t even halfway full. We’re here to encourage you to do anything else but that. The average American family does up to 540 loads of laundry each year, which requires an average of 21,000 gallons of water. This figure doesn’t even factor in how much energy is required for each load, either; about 90 percent of the energy used by the washing machine is needed to heat the water.
Imagine just how many resources we could save by only washing clothes when the load’s full, and washing as many loads with cold water as possible. Now, sit back, relax, and save that laundry for a later date. You’re welcome! 😉
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