Eco Friendly Homes And The Changes You Can Make

by Megan Kioulafofski
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Eco friendly homes are something many homeowners dream about. With so much focus on the environment and the changes we can all make to reduce our carbon footprint, having eco friendly houses can help sustain the planet. 

And in case you are wondering where to start and what friendly green features you could start implementing as of today, here are a few suggestions to help you get started. 

Using Solar Panels For Your Eco Friendly Homes

One of the first things to think about when looking to make your home eco friendly would be solar panels

Solar power is not only a great sustainable source of power for your house but it’s also energy efficient and can also reduce your bills massively. 

Together with the initial investment into buying the solar panels, you may also need to think about things such as solar panel insurance. But once all this is done you will have an eco friendly house  with a solar energy system that powers itself from the sunlight. This can work for any of your energy needs, from lighting your home to even heating hot water with a less environmental impact and at great costs.

Reduce Plastic Usage, A First Step Towards Eco Friendly Homes

There is no denying that plastic is a big problem for many of us wishing to live in eco-friendly homes. Unfortunately, the plastic damage is so massive that we only have to look at our oceans to see just how big of an impact extra plastic usage has on the environment. 

So why not start by reducing single use plastics?

You could choose to buy less things in plastic packaging in the shops. You could also try using refillable options and eco friendly materials like glass jars and jugs to store your things.

Other great green ideas when looking for how to reduce single use plastic at home is to use bamboo toothbrushes or making the switch from screw caps to cork for your wine bottles. 

Small changes can have a big impact, so why not start today and turn your places into the eco friendly homes of your dreams. 

Grow Your Own

A great solution to think about when it comes to eco friendly homes is to start growing your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs.

This can help you to create a natural food source in your own back garden. You don’t even need a big plot of land to do this, you can start with small pots in the back yard and build up from there.

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Growing vegetables and fruit is a great way to help children understand where their food comes from. Also, the added benefit is that by having a hand in growing the food, it could encourage them to try new things and appreciate more the importance of a  sustainable way of living.

You might also want to think about some of the vegetables and fruits you could start planting right now.  There are many plants that bloom all year round so there is no reason why you can’t start growing them as of today . 

Think About Your Lifestyle 

Finally, it may be time to start thinking about your lifestyle and the changes you can bring to it in order for you to have a more zero waste living and an eco friendly house. This might mean anything from going vegetarian or even vegan, to  help do your bit for the planet. 

You could also change other aspects of your lifestyle such as consuming less energy and water and limiting the use of appliances

We hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration for how to reduce waste and turn your homes and lifestyle into being more eco friendly.

If you were interested in this article and want to read more on the topic, check out RedFin’s earth day blog post where they rounded up 16 expert-approved tips for going green at home (we contributed to the list too!).

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