Environmental awareness is on the rise, and many people are attempting to create more eco-friendly homes. But what exactly is an eco-friendly home? It’s not as simple as one may think, so let’s take a look at the things which could make a house more eco-friendly.
The definition of “ecological” is “of, relating to, or concerned with the scientific study of the physical environment and its influence on life.” Your home could be considered environmentally friendly if it doesn’t have any toxic substances that could harm living organisms in its vicinity. So an eco-friendly home must have non-toxic indoor air quality, non-toxic water quality, non-toxic outdoor air quality and so on.
How Can I Make My Home More Eco-Friendly?
Some may not want to remove toxic substances from their home, and instead focus on easy switches they can do, in order to make it more eco-friendly. For those who are looking for ways to do their part for the environment, here are a selection of simple steps that you can try;
Reduce your energy consumption by making sure that you seal in any windows or doors with a draft, try insulating your tubes and pipes to conserve energy, swap your technological devices to more energy efficient alternatives, turn off your electronic devices when they’re not and use, and stop leaving them on standby.
You could paint your walls in your home with a low VOC paint, which are said to be lower in toxins, and thus will reduce air pollution indoors, which is especially good should you or anyone in your family have health conditions such as asthma.
There’s swaps you can do within your cleaning cupboards, where you can opt for more natural cleaning products, instead of the heavy chemical cleansers, which produce harmful, toxic fumes
Install low flow water fixtures like low flow toilets, which use significantly less water, and will reduce your water bill too, especially if you have a meter. There are many things we can do to make our home more eco-friendly, but even one tiny swap makes a difference, so give one of these suggestions a try.