Are you one of those people who think that you can do nothing to help save our planet? If you are, do not feel bad – I used to be like that as well. I have always thought that the Earth is beyond saving and that it is not up to us as individuals to do something, but that the majority of work has to be done by big companies that are, after all, the biggest polluters. However, when I introduced a green touch to my home, I realized that something can be done by every single person. Here is what you can do to make your home greener, too.
Remember the Lights!
I quickly realized that the key to creating a green home might be the lights, so I focus on adjusting them first – they set the mood and, at the same time, save the planet. Now, I use compact fluorescent lamps and light bulbs and, on top of that, regulate their usage as much as I can. CFL light uses about 75% less energy, lasts longer and is cost-efficient, which is always welcomed. However, it is all worthless if your lights are always on, so I try to remember to turn them off whenever I leave the room, but I still installed automatic timers that do that in case I forget.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
One of the biggest environmental problems are chemicals and toxic materials from our cleaning supplies that simultaneously harm the eco-system and our hands. That is why I decided to do something about that and switched to eco-friendly cleaning products about a year ago. I stopped buying expensive and dangerous air fresheners, floor and window cleaners, dishwashers and laundry detergents and, instead, started making my own cleaning products using eco-friendly ingredients already found in my kitchen – vinegar, borax, baking soda, lemon juice, essential oil, bleach and, of course, water.
A Green Wall
This is an idea I got from a friend of mine – she had a green wall in her home and it looked amazing! It is essentially a wall made of structural panels filled with various plants that grow from the soil found in the base. I quickly realized that greenwall systems have multiple benefits and not only turn my home into a greener area, but also soundproof it against the outside noise, regulate the inside temperature and constantly provide fresh air. Finally, when considering aesthetics, this wall is the absolutely best addition to my living room I could find.
When it comes to saving the environment, nothing is off limits and every individual has to do something to help the greater cause. After I acknowledged my own role, I began exploring other ideas like unplugging my appliances when they are not being used, growing indoor plants, riding bicycle more often instead of driving my car. Ultimately, I created a DIY compost bin, inspired my family to get into recycling and made my home additionally energy-efficient by insulating it. Now, I use less electricity and know that I am doing my best for my planet.
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