By Sachi, Yale Door
Recycling bottles, plastic and cans; buying energy efficient bulbs; and replacing plastic water bottles with filter and a reusable water bottle are a great start to a greener lifestyle and definitely keeps Mother Nature smiling.
However, there are more little things that can be done, in order to create a more sustainable environment in your home and contributing to the well-being of planet earth. Hence, I have listed down a few easy other ways that can make a big difference for the environment.
Just take a second and think about how much junk mail you receive during the week. In an effort to reduce the amount of trash we create, just take control of your mailbox. We all know how annoying junk mail is and it makes even a bigger negative impact on the environment. Hence, removing yourself from all those junk mail lists is a massive game changer already and avoiding those annoying leaflets.
Another way of drastically reducing your amount of trash created by mail is registering for online/ paperless billing. Paperless already says it all – And don’t we all want to save a tree, like in those leading ‘Go Green’ movements. Furthermore, it will be much more comfortable and easy to check your bills online and never have the issues again of losing your last year’s energy bill somewhere in the house.
Definitely a keyword in going green is also composting. It requires a small amount of time and equipment. If you check online or attend any seminar on composting around the country, you will see how much waste will be reduced that leaves your home. So get some bins and worms and start composting. Remember that you will also receive rich fertile soil for your garden and lawn.
Use it, use it again and again
Don’t exaggerate like me now, but another simple step to a greener home is to re-use items as often as possible. Don’t waste anything! Sometimes you will definitely find something that you can turn into something else. Repurposing old items is quite popular, creative and cheap way to reduce your waste. Of course there are some geniuses out there, who for instance used old suitcases to make chairs, or turning tea pots into portable herb gardens. My highlight is using coffee grounds and tea bags as fertilizer. Hence, you can definitely come up with fantastic as well to repurpose things.
Buying local products and supporting sustainability in your own neighbourhood can have a huge positive impact. As responsible consumers, our collective actions and choices will have a major influence on change. There are several studies that the economy is strengthened and the environmental impact reduced by purchasing from local businesses, service providers and farms.
This would be a big financial investment, installing solar panel shingles and panels on your home. However, the advantages and long term economic benefits will outweigh its initial costs. Studies have shown that a solar roof reduces a home’s electricity, heating and cooling costs by a significant per cent increasing your home’s value.
You don’t need to drastically change over the whole house, in order to green your home and make an instant impact on the environment. There are many creative and innovative ways of reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to ‘heal the earth’. Hence, take your time and choose from a numerous and easy ways that suit you.
About Author: Sachi writes content for ‘Yale door’, who manufactures Victorian doors throughout the UK. When Sachi isn’t writing about doors he enjoys taking care of his amazing garden back doors.
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