If you’re thinking about making your house or apartment greener this year, here are some awesome budget-friendly things you can do and without a lot of effort. And don’t worry it won’t require tearing down walls or extensive renovation. It just takes a few changes each week and you can turn your space into the earth-friendly green home you’ve striving for!
Bamboo is Cool
Bamboo is our favorite sustainable resource, so naturally we’re gonna start here! Over time you can revamp your furniture, bedding and clothing with bamboo products. Bamboo furniture is 2-3 times more durable than wood and is sleek and modern in design. Bamboo fabric is also far more sustainable than cotton and other synthetic fabrics and is way softer, so it makes sense all the way around for clothing and bedding.
Making the switch from incandescent light bulbs to LEDs will make a big difference in the environment while also saving on your electricity bill! As an added bonus LEDs last 50,000-100,00 hours in comparison to the average 1200 hour lifespan of regular bulbs. And if you’re not into the blue light they emit you can opt for cozier LEDs that will light the way with a warm yellow glow.
It’s A Jungle Out There
Opt out of an electric air purifier and choose air cleaning plants. You can create a cool jungle nook or reading area that is surrounded by plants or you can place them strategically around the house. And don’t worry, if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that require minimal upkeep, such as the spider plant. Some other options are English Ivy, Gerbera Daisy, Peace Lily, and Variegated Corn Plant.
Smart Water Use
Now that you’ve got your plants going, you can capture and reuse rainwater to feed them when they’re thirsty. This repurposed water can be used to replace high waste sprinkler systems for yards and gardens. You can also implement some simple habits such as: turn off the water when you brush your teeth, plant only native foliage, install water saving shower and faucet heads, and use cold water to wash your clothes.
Don’t Be a Vampire
Electronics use 10-20% of their energy when they’re “off” AKA vampire mode; they getcha while you’re sleeping. You can fix this by switching to power strips that synchronize electronics to turn off when you end your day. This combined with rechargeable batteries will make a big impact on the energy and waste your cool gadgets use when you’re taking that fun selfie.
We hope these ideas give you a great launch into getting your whole home to be earth-friendly. While it may seem like a monster chore to get your house totally green, it’s just a matter of consistently choosing new things to implement over time. Before you know it your home will be a five star green space! We’d love to hear what tweaks you’ve implemented to create your awesome eco living space!