When we hear the word “sustainability,” we usually think of big companies and decision-makers reducing carbon emissions, introducing renewable fuel sources, and implementing policies that will protect the environment. In an ideal world, both governments and companies would put maximum effort into keeping our planet safe from pollutants. However, the world we live in is far from ideal. That’s why we, as individuals, need to do our best to contribute to a greener society. We can do that by changing certain habits and by making our homes more sustainable. Here’s how you can do the latter.
Start with Insulation
A home that is not properly insulated will allow the heat and the cold to slip outside, making your efforts to warm up or cool down the place more difficult and more expensive. On the other hand, a well-insulated home will hold in the heat well and require less energy to maintain an optimal temperature. Insulating the entire property, depending on the square footage, could prove to be quite costly. If you are going to insulate just some part of your house, focus on the walls and the roof.
Move on to the Windows
Double or even triple-glazed windows will perform the same function as insulation, saving you a lot of energy and money. Most of all, if you have double-glazed windows, you won’t have to use window treatments to keep the interior cool during summer. It will remain pleasantly cool while still being well lit.
Keep Things Organic
When someone says “organic,” our first thought is food. But did you know that interior design can be organic as well?
Organic furniture, decor, and accessories can help you avoid the negative effects of some traditional materials. They bring fantastic benefits, such as improved air quality, and they are free of harmful chemicals.
Because of that, going organic can be not only eco-friendly but also good for your sleep and overall quality of life. And speaking of good sleep, most comfortable modern mattresses are made of plant-based materials, which allow breathability and support. Look for natural materials in other pieces of furniture and accessories as well. Wood, cork, bamboo, cotton, and similar materials are all great and stylish options.
Switch to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs and Appliances
Various types of energy-efficient light bulbs are now widely available, and most households are already using them. While there are still some complaints regarding their ability to provide enough light, constant improvements in technology are showing that the switch is worth your while. Energy-efficient bulbs use less electricity and last longer, so the higher cost is justified in the long run.
As for appliances, households contribute to greenhouse gas emissions mostly by using appliances that consume a lot of energy. Energy-efficient appliances available on the market today can reduce that footprint and help you save money and energy.
The ones that use water, such as dishwashers and laundry machines, consume less water than their traditional counterparts. Furthermore, most energy-efficient appliances need less maintenance. This will not only add to your savings but also result in producing less electrical waste, which is considered a dangerous type of waste.