Living sustainably and environmentally conscious is not only more eco-friendly but can also save you money in the long-run. While you may be hesitant to take on another project or renovation to your home, many sustainable improvements are simple fixes at little to no cost! We’ve compiled some of the best and easiest ways to live and make your home more sustainable. Trust us, Mother Nature and your wallet will be grateful!
Reduce Your Household Energy Use
Conserving energy in your own home is much simpler than you may think and it also costs you nothing. In fact, you’ll even save money by reducing your energy use. There are several ways to simply reduce energy used and here are some suggestions:
- Turn off appliances and lights, not in use.
- Set your thermostat lower than usual in the winter and bundle up or open a couple windows to allow a cool breeze rather than use the air conditioning.
- Hang your clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. It might take longer, but it’ll save you money and energy consumption!
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Unplug electronics when they are not in use.
Plant a Home Garden
You don’t need acres upon acres of land in order to grow your own produce. All you need is to plant a few seeds in your yard or in a window box where a plant would be able to receive enough light. While you may have to wait until winter is over to start, chances are you have plenty of space to grow your own fruits and vegetables.
Bottled water companies love to tell us how “bad” tap water is for you. In reality, many cities have won water quality and taste tests over big name-brands in the past. Denver, which is consistently ranked among the best cities for drinking water, is one of those locations. Drinking from the tap will save you money from the overpriced bottles and save the environment from plastic waste. Other easy ways to conserve water at home is to take shorter showers, switch to a water-saving showerhead, fix that leaky toilet, and make sure you have energy efficient appliances!
This may an obvious one, but it’s too important to skip! Recycled materials are used to manufacture products at a fraction of the energy needed to produce new ones. You’ve heard all the benefits of recycling for years, however, we all know we should be doing it even more. If you’re getting rid of electronic items, such as batteries, computers, or old cell phones, don’t forget that such materials also need to be recycled! For the best information on what electronics you can recycle and where to recycle them, check out the Denver website!
Of course, there a plenty of different ways you can start living more sustainably. Along with these helpful tips, remember to ride your bike or take public transportation as much as possible. Invest in and install solar panels to take advantage of our 300 days of sunshine here in Denver. How do you plan to live more sustainably? Let us know below!