7 Ways to Living More Sustainably at Home

Living more sustainably is easier said than done. And it is not something that anyone can transition into quickly given how it involves some lifestyle changes that can affect the way you do things everyday both at home and outside it. But just because it can be tough does not mean it cannot be done. It is often the small adjustments you make at home that set you to a good start.

1. Explore the idea of going solar

Generating solar energy at home may seem like a big investment to make. But it can be more cost-effective in the long-run. You can save more on electricity over time not to mention reduce your carbon footprint.

2. Check insulation

Checking your insulation allows you to identify problems that may be costing you more on heating and cooling bills. You can schedule an annual or twice a year energy audit that include a thorough check and maintenance of your house’s insulation.

3. Conserve water

Fixing faulty faucets or leaky pipes and installing low-flow showerheads are just some of the ways you can conserve water and energy at home. Collecting rainwater is also a great way to save on water since you can use what you have collected in many ways around your house.

4. Repair before you discard

Many of the things that get discarded are still usable. Sometimes they just need some fixing to be of use again. Learning how to repair things around your home can minimize the amount of waste you have to discard. So the next time you are about to throw something out, you might want to check if you still can repair or recycle it.

5. Reuse items

Food containers like jars, paper, and paper bags are among the things you can reuse. You can get creative in repurposing old jars or use it when you make your own fruit or vegetable preserves at home.

6. Install more energy-efficient light fixture

Replace incandescent light-bulbs with energy-efficient light fixtures, if you still have some of the latter in use around your house. Consider using motion-sensor lights in some areas at your home, if applicable.

7. Green your transport

You do not have to give up your car or stop driving completely. But you can try to green your transport by ensuring that your car is properly maintained, combining errands that will require you to drive, and biking or walking to some of the places that you can easily reach on two-wheels or on foot. Taking the public transit is also a great way to get around more sustainably.

Conserving Energy At Home

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There is nothing that you can do to conserve energy.

Wrong.

Contrary to popular belief, conserving energy at home is not even that hard.

All you need is to be: (1) patient enough as you learn how to reduce things you can use for another purpose, (2) determined enough as you learn how to reuse things you can use for the same purpose, and (3) creative enough as you learn how to recycle things you can use for other purposes.

Even more so, you can conserve energy at home by:

Going D.I.Y.

Electricity and water are not just conserved via traditional means. These can also be conserved by going D.I.Y. – as you lessen the use of electricity by making your own candlelight section in your bedroom for night use and for yourself or as you lessen the use of water by making your own irrigation system in your backyard for day use and for your plants.

Going Local

Aside from going D.I.Y., you can also conserve energy by going local. And by this, it means going for products that will only have less impact to your surroundings – be it at home, and at school, or at work. Some of these products include those with energy saver features and those with energy regulator features.

Indeed, conserving energy at home is not really that hard.

All you need is to be patient enough, determined enough, and creative enough.

Even more so, you can conserve energy at home by going D.I.Y. and going local.

How about you?

Do you like going D.I.Y.? Do you like going local?

How do you conserve energy at home by going D.I.Y.? How do you conserve energy at home by going local?

Do you know any other ways to conserve energy at home? Let us know in the comments section below!