By Jenn Samson Contributing Author, a passionate freelance writer, and editor
It is estimated that by committing to crafting an eco-friendly home, you can potentially save $723 to $1,182 a year just by making a few simple changes. While everybody has a carbon footprint, you can work to make yours as small as possible while also improving the quality of your own life through those changes. Living eco-friendly sheds light onto your impact on the environment and the more you decide to incorporate these changes, the more you will find yourself living refreshed and relaxed on a daily basis.
How To Create An Eco-Friendly Living Environment
Focus on a zero-waste goal
Zero-waste living means aiming to reduce landfill-bound trash to the bare minimum, and while that sound like a big task to take on, it’s actually easier than you think. One study claimed that garbage disposals have almost three times the environmental impact of regularly throwing your trash out in the bin. By opting out of a garbage disposal, you will not only reduce this impact, but you can also conserve water in your own home. As well, you can help improve the quality of the water you drink, which leads to a healthier, happier you. Instead of a garbage disposal, try composting, which has proven benefits for your lawn and air quality in your garden.
Use smart tech to make smart changes
Creating an eco-friendly living space doesn’t mean doing away with everything cool and modern. In fact, smart technologies in home spaces are actually one of the most efficient ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Smart thermostats, for example, can heat and cool a home on a specific schedule, which says you lots of cash and wasted energy each year. Smart lighting can also be used to help make simple eco-friendly changes while also keeping your home stylish. Dimmers, occupancy sensors, and smart shading are all great ways to go eco-friendly, and they can even help you achieve better sleep.
Take advantage of the green interior design
Not only can incorporating eco-friendly interior design techniques into your home help you reduce your environmental impact, but it can also lead to increased tranquility and decreased stress. For example, you can use plants as decoration as opposed to buying bulky pieces made from non-natural materials. Plants provide oxygen, and filter out harmful chemicals from the air and make your space look more inviting. To make your home’s interior eco-friendly, you should go for furniture made from natural wood and other organic or sustainable materials.
Going green and getting happy
Aiming to reduce the stress human beings have on the environment is also a great way to reduce the stress and harmful toxins present in your own home. Eco-friendly adjustments are simple to make in your daily life and can support a healthy lifestyle. Start out little by little and make changes that also make you feel better, happier and healthier and before you know it, you will be living in the eco-friendly space of your dreams.
Jenn Samson is a freelance writer and editor. She used to work in PR but has been embracing the freelance life for many years now. Outside of work she enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling to Europe as much as possible.