sustainable home tips guide

12 Tips for an eco-friendly and healthy home

Calling all sustainable homebodies! Do you ever wonder what extra little things you can do around your home in order to make it more natural? In today’s world, we all want to help the environment and reduce our carbon footprint, so why not help our homes do the same? Here are 12 ways to help you and your home be a little more eco-friendly. 

1. Save energy by using natural light

The best way to get both light and heat in your home is by letting the sun shine through your windows. Instead of turning on the lights every morning when you wake up, open the blinds instead. The sun is the best source of light and can brighten your mood, as well as your home. 

 

2. Benefits of indoor plants

Having live plants in your home can help with air circulation throughout the house. Certain household plants can even reduce toxins and pollutants within your home. Try growing some plants indoors, or even creating a wall of plants to brighten and liven up a room. If you don’t have a green thumb, start off with easy to take care of plants such as succulents, aloe plants, or bromeliads!

 

3. Use all natural and non-toxic cleaning products

Many cleaning products we buy from stores have harmful effects on the environment. Try using everyday household items to clean around the house. Baking soda has a variety of uses when it comes to cleaning, and is a natural and effective way to eliminate the use of toxic cleaning supplies. You can buy baking soda here. 

4. Benefits of planting a garden

Growing your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs is a great way to make your home more natural and help the environment. Gardens can help reduce air pollution and can be a great way to make your own food without any of the pesticides used by farmers.  Consider buying a garden starter kit. 

5. Create a compost

Composting is becoming more and more popular as time goes on. If you don’t know what composting is, it is basically taking any organic matter and letting it break down on its own. Many people refer to composting as ‘natures way or recycling’ because nature breaks down these organic items on its own. Consider buying a compost bin from here. 

6. Reduce your water usage

We often don’t realize how much water we use on a daily basis in our homes. Some great ways to help reduce our water usage are to turn the water off while  brushing your teeth, do a full load in the laundry (Lessen your Load: How to do laundry less often), and use the dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes. These little things can reduce water usage and help you live a more sustainable lifestyle in your home.

7. Alternatives to disposable dining utensils

We’re all guilty of using paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels when we have guests over, but try to limit the amount of disposable products you’re using on a daily basis. Buy ceramic plates, bamboo utensils, and reusable napkins to help reduce the amount of trash you have. Little changes like this can help the environment and help you feel more natural in your home.

8. Use multi socket extension cords to reduce electric consumption

Having cords with multiple sockets can help you reduce your home energy consumption.. The great thing about these extension cords is that you can simply turn the switch off instead of unplugging everything in order to save power. If you don’t have a multi socket extension cord or don’t need one, consider unplugging everything in your home when you are not using it. 

9. Use solar panels to reduce carbon emissions Consider getting solar panels

Getting solar panels installed on your home can help you save money and help the environment. Solar panels are  great for the environment because they take pure energy from the sun and convert it into clean light for your home.

10. Use light sensors and dimmers

Light sensors have become increasingly popular in the last decade and continue to grow in popularity as time goes on. These sensors are great because they can detect motion in a room and the lights will turn on and off automatically. 

11. Shop zero waste

Instead of buying bagged granola, buy loose granola and bring your own reusable bag for it. You can also do this with vegetables. Next time, skip the plastic bag and put the vegetables directly in your cart, you’ll save a lot of plastic and reduce your waste at home.

12. Limit consumption of animal products

Consider reducing the amount of animal products you eat. This can mean going meat-free for one day a week, or only on the weekends, or only on the weekdays. However big or small the change may be, it can still make a huge impact on the environment and help your home become more natural.

About the author

Jen is a Florida native committed to helping save the planet one step at a time. Growing up in Florida has made her appreciate all that mother nature has to offer, from land to sea. Sustainability and eco-friendly living has been something she has practiced her whole life, and she loves learning new ways to be a more sustainable lady. When she's not writing blogs, she's usually exploring the outdoors, boating with her family, becoming one with nature, or playing with her five year old cat, Jasper!