We can make a lot of small changes to our lives that are greener, but the idea of changing our homes seems a little drastic. No, it’s not nearly as easy as recycling our plastics and paper. It’s our home. We’ve found a few ‘don’t panic’ tips for adopting sustainable homes for a better tomorrow:
Many homes built in the last 60 years have out-of-date insulation. That equals loss of heat, overspending and general waste of any fuels you’re using. One badly insulated home is environmentally destructive.
Consider this simple idea: a small amount of polystyrene insulation equals a similar mass of wasted petrol. A better, sustainable and natural alternative: eco-building insulation. It’s typically made of timber. It’s also perfect for a ‘breathable’ house, creating an ecologically sound ventilating system.
Alternative Heating Ideas
There are a lot of heating options, with different uses:
- Try solar panels for heating water in lieu of electric or gas stoves. You can have a heating pump as a back up for the solar panels.
- Wood or pellet-burning heaters have the added plus of creating a natural aromatic atmosphere.
- And for the cold winter mornings, install a few floor heaters. The great thing about adapting your home is that you can mix and match for your home and for your needs.
Buy Green Appliances
Yes, another expenditure, sure. But on the other hand, you’ll recoup the expenses in a relatively short time- and you’ll be able to reap the benefits for the future. Green washing machines, for example, are more costly than regular machines.
On the flip side, you use: less water, less soap, less energy. That triple combination could pay off the initial price within months.
One relatively easy and cheap way to beautify your home and making it sustainable: edible plants as part of your landscaping. This isn’t exactly the same as trying to maintain a large garden (though those are great, too). Natural foods are not only good for making your home green, but it also helps you stay young and healthy.
- For the short-term, you can find plants, spices and herbs that aren’t just beautiful but practical.
- For the long-term, you could integrate rock gardens as natural runoffs for your yard. Planting trees for summer shade, fruit trees to harvest and soil-enriching bushes are also possibilities.
You do your part of being eco-friendly by reusing, recycling and buying in bulk. But by just using a few of the ideas listed above, you can make a larger difference. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take your sustainable living a step further- by having a sustainable home, for a better future?