Earth has seen its ozone layer deplete substantially over the last few decades. That depletion has created serious problems for the planet’s climate and the frequency of natural disasters.
While public policy shifting would be the most effective defense against environmental damage, you have the power to make a huge impact on the world by making small adjustments to your own home.
Introducing eco-friendly design and inspiration to your living space can reduce the contributions you make to earth’s environmental problems. Those changes might also become contagious among your friends and family, which can multiply your positive impact.
Keep reading to learn how you can champion the salvation of earth from the comfort of your house!
1. Install Solar Panels
With energy costs rising and the reliance we have on fossil fuels pushing earth to its brink, the best thing you can do to be part of the solution is to invest in solar panels.
Solar panels are an eco-friendly design choice that’s picking up steam in several sunny communities that value sustainable housing, and for good reason. Panels save consumers money over time and are a sustainable means of producing energy!
2. Let the Light In
Ditch heavy curtains and instead, opt for window shades that let more light in. If possible, expand the number of windows you have in your home so you can increase its exposure to natural light and decrease its need for electricity.
Just make sure your windows are well-insulated to keep your house’s temperatures comfortable amid its exposure to increased sunlight.
3. Opt for Energy Efficient Bulbs
Energy-efficient light bulbs are cheap, long-lasting, and substantially cut the amount of energy you use. They can be picked up at any hardware or big-box store.
Go through your house and start swapping them into all of your fixtures.
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Smart thermostats can automatically lower or increase temperatures based on your habits, whether or not you’re home, and the weather outside. These automations can prevent you from over-cooling/heating at inopportune times.
Smart thermostats will set you back a couple of hundred dollars but should save you more than that over their lifespans.
5. Buy a Low-Flow Toilet
Toilet flushing is one of the biggest environmental offenders when it comes to water usage. Pick up a low-flow, eco-friendly design toilet for your home and cut your water bill significantly!
While you’re at it, pick up a low-flow showerhead and start using cold water more often.
6. Invest in a Compost Bin
All of your food scraps are piling up in a landfill when they could be fertilizing your garden. Start composting today to reduce the amount of waste you output.
Compost bins can come in the form of larger, outdoor varieties or small, kitchen countertop versions.
7. Build a Water Catch
When it rains, a lot of water that falls gets wasted. Build a water catch in your yard that allows you to retain some of that water and re-use it.
Captured rainwater can be used to water plants and more!
Eco-Friendly Design Is a Small Fix That Yields Big Results
Several people feel that they’re too small to have a positive impact on big environmental problems. That’s not true.
By taking steps to integrate eco-friendly design into your household, you can strip years of per-capita damage away from the earth and inspire others to do the same.
We wish you the best in your home improvement projects and invite you to read more content regarding going green with homes in our digital publication.