How to live eco-friendly in your own home

We have been talking a lot lately about the threat of global warming and constantly growing pollution that we face every day. We also described some very viable green solutions for transforming our homes, lifestyle and communities into better, greener, eco places.

But turning the entire roof into a solar power plant or installing a micro-hydro power plant in the backyard is not something all of us are willing to do in the near future.

Let’s say you don’t have the money or the space to transform your house into a green one but you are still interested in protecting the planet from gas emissions, climate change and total destruction.

Can little things like wasting less water, turning you lights off or recycling make a difference for the environment? I really think they do, because if each of us tries his best to change little things in our homes than more of us together can change bigger things for a community just by raising awareness and promoting a green lifestyle.

If you don’t know where to start, let me help you! In the following article you will find some small changes and habits that are easy to do and make a huge difference.

What can you do in your home?

  • Turn off your electronic devices (like TVs, radios, computers) when you don’t use them. When I say turn off I really mean it – the tiny little stand by lights waste precious power that you can wisely use in another way.

turn-off-electronics

  • Save water! Showers are faster and more refreshing than baths and they also use a lot less water. Also, you could wash your teeth with the tap being closed. I would tell you that you could save the water you use to wash your fruits and vegetables for watering the plants but that would be slightly more stressing and complicated. (Or not?).
  • Recycle your paper, glass, plastics etc. (But you already do that, aren’t you?)
  • Use rechargeable batteries. They are really hard to recycle and they are not bio-degradable.
  • Use biodegradable cleaning products so you don’t contaminate the soil and the water and when you go shopping, look for products with less packing.
  • Make sure you have very good windows and doors so you don’t waste heat in winter.

What can you do in your garden?

  • Harvest rainwater for watering plants.
  • Plant local species of trees and flowers.
  • Live a spot of your garden with wild flowers. You never know when you can discover a new, unknown plant.
  • Use only natural products, forget about pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, use organic compost and straw mixture for making the soil better and natural parasites and predators.
  • Don’t use electric equipment for your work in the garden. Remember that exercising is good for your body and soul!

no-electronics-in garden

And more importantly, take time to spend in the garden family evenings, have picnics and enjoy the beauty of the nature!

 

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