9 Ways To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

March 04, 2016 | DIY & Home Improvement | Wellness


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Struggling to comprehend why your electrical and water bills have been skyrocketing? It is probably time to start adopting some environmentally friendly practices at home then! Not only will it save our environment, it’ll also lighten the load on those hefty bills that harshly greet you each month.


Here’s 9 ways to score that perfect win-win situation for you and our environment:


1. Better light bulbs


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Swap your incandescent light bulbs and go for LED ones instead! Not only are they way more durable than incandescent light bulbs, they also require less power. LEDs help to reduce gashouse emissions and will most definitely help to bring down your electric bills!


Bottom line: Incandescent light bulbs are old news – they cost more, need more power and are harmful to the environment.


2. Stop using paper towels


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This one’s a no-brainer. Save money on paper towels by reducing your usage on them. Cut up old t-shirts and use them as towels instead! Or…just get regular towels for the kitchen and use them instead of paper towels. Reusability is key here!


3. Buy secondhand goods


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Stalk local flea markets or thrift stores for unexpected finds. Here’s where you can score a wide variety of furniture for really good prices – modern or vintage, the styles are endless! Recycling is not just about dumping your unwanted trash into the appropriate bins; it can also be in the form of purchasing secondhand goods too.


As the saying goes: One man’s trash is another man’s gold!


4. Go paperless!


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Ditch paper bills and go paperless instead. Since you’re already spending so much time on the computer, it would make sense to get your bank to e-mail you your statements instead. Besides, do you really need that piece of paper that you’ll be throwing away anyway?


Simply drop an e-mail to the bank to opt for e-statements to be sent to you instead of mail. Remember, less paper means less resources used!


5. Shorten your showers


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Try to cut your shower time or just your usage of the shower to save water and the load on your water bills. This is pretty basic but sometimes people still forget… – turn off the water in between shampoo-ing! You can save all that water that you’re not really using. Plus, you’ll have more money to spare at the end of the month!


6. Turn off switches or unplug them after use


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We tend to charge up our devices, unplug them and then forget to turn off the switches! Think of it this way – why would you want to pay for electricity that you did not use? Plus, if you leave your adaptors or cables in with the power on, it’ll wear them down and make them less effective in the long run!


7. Donate your old stuff or hold a garage sale


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Downsize by getting rid of stuff you don’t need. Instead of throwing them away, pop-by the nearest Salvation Army or thrift store to donate to those in need. Alternatively, you can always purchase a booth at a local flea market to put your items up for sale!


8. Bring your own bag


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Stop bringing back numerous plastic bags every time you grocery shop or go out shopping! Make it a habit to bring along a recyclable bag to store your shopping. They’re light and easily foldable – you won’t even realize it’s in your bag!


9. Use energy efficient cookware


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Save money on gas! Opt for glass, silicone or ceramic cookware. These materials reduce the cooking temperature required – which means you don’t have to turn up the gas all the way when cooking up a feast.



These are probably not all the tips you can use to make your home an environmentally friendly one – you’ll definitely figure out new ways as you go along! The main idea is to continuously repurpose and reuse items to prevent resource wastage. Not only will you be saving our environment, you’ll be saving lots of money too!

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