In honor of Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to share some easy ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and energy efficient! We love living in a city that’s pretty progressive in green housing. These are eight quick-and-easy tactics we’ve seen locally that you can use to celebrate Earth Day at your home!
1. Reuse your moving boxes.
Instead of letting your boxes end up in a landfill after your move, you can find some really useful ways to reuse them in your home. One of our favorite boxes, the Dish Barrel, comes with lots of adjustable inserts to keep your dishes separated and safe during your move. These inserts are really handy as drawer organizers!
You can also use the cardboard from boxes to make custom photo frames, play forts for your kids, and much more. One of my personal favorites is using the boxes to make custom organizers, like these magazine files from the Apartment Therapy blog.
2. Tuck a composting pail into your kitchen.
Composting pails are great for smaller living spaces, such as apartments and condos, because they allow you to compost fruit peels, egg shells, and other natural waste without the need of a huge compost pile outside. But they’re also nice for houses because you can avoid visiting your compost pile multiple times per day–instead, you can just empty it periodically when it gets full. (And you know what else is compostable, outside of food waste? Broken up cardboard boxes!)
Cotton is non-toxic and is used without manmade products, so it’s very eco-friendly and safe. It’s also a great material to use in your home because it works as a great insulator. Thick cotton drapes can help your home block heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter, which lowers your energy bills. It’s also a cozy material for bed and bath linens!
4. Change your lightbulbs.
It may seem like a hassle to go through your home and replace every lighbulb in the ceiling, lamps, under-cabinet lighting… But LED bulbs are inexpensive and use way less energy than traditional bulbs. They can last years longer than alternatives, allowing you to hold off longer on buying new ones.
The next time you need to buy cleaning products, stay away from harmful formulas. Your kitchen is probably already stocked with lots of gentle, effective cleaning supplies, like apple cider vinegar, regular white vinegar, and baking soda. Check out some of our favorite, inexpensive ways to clean your home.
6. Use natural air fresheners.
Those artificial spray scents may smell good, but they don’t actually clean the air in your home. Instead, spray dispensers emit tiny drops of scented chemicals which cling to the hairs inside your nose, covering your ability to smell the air around you. As an alternative, consider purifying your air with nature’s freshener–plants! We really like Apartment Therapy’s guide to air purifying house plants, which not only keep your air clean, but also add a fresh look and feel to your home.
7. Invest in a shoe rack.
Wearing your shoes throughout your house is inviting the grime of the world to track through your home. This is an especially bad habit when you have carpeting throughout your home, because carpet clings to dirt and chemicals more than smooth, non-porous surfaces. Leaving your shoes by the door will help you spend less time cleaning harmful substances from your floors.
Even plastic compounds which are labeled “microwave-safe” still lose form over time and can release their harmful compounds into your food at high temperatures. It’s safer to invest in glass, which lasts longer than plastic anyway and is safer for the environment if you need to throw it away in the future.
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