It may seem impossible to have a greener home without a significant investment.
But the truth is that there’s more to it than solar panels or thermal insulation.
With simple gestures, you can reduce your environmental footprint and contribute to a more sustainable world.
Sustainable or ecological house?
Although they sound very similar, the concept of sustainable housing and green housing is not the same thing.
Green houses focus on reducing environmental impact before and during their construction.
According to a United Nations report, the building and construction sector accounts for 36% of global final energy consumption and 37% of energy-related CO2 emissions.
Therefore, this phase is undoubtedly relevant in reducing the environmental footprint.
On the other hand, sustainable homes are designed to have as little negative impact on the environment as possible through small changes.
So let’s see what we can do to make our homes more environmentally friendly.
Save on energy and water.
More conscious water and electricity consumption are essential for a more sustainable home.
A practice that can make the difference is turning off the water in the shower while soaping.
A 15-minute shower with the tap running consumes about 180 liters. By turning off the tap while soaping and taking only 5 minutes, you can reduce consumption to 60 liters.
You should apply the same practice while brushing your teeth or shaving.
Ensure that the faucets don’t drip and that the toilet doesn’t leak. These are two of the biggest sources of water waste.
When it comes to energy, turn off the lights whenever possible and favor natural lighting.
Unplug electronic appliances when they are not in use and replace traditional light bulbs with LEDs.
Choose sustainable materials
Even if you can’t influence greener practices during the construction process, it is possible to adopt more sustainable materials when choosing the design for your home.
Materials such as bamboo or glass, wood, or recycled steel are some examples of materials that have a low environmental impact.
Besides the environmental benefits, a more conscious design will help you save money. Favor materials with strong durability to avoid waste.
Garbage that you can’t recycle can also have a new life.
Bet on reducing household waste and choose composting techniques. Take advantage of the various substances that you discard daily.
With this practice, you can transform fruit and vegetable peels or coffee and tea scraps into fertilizer for your vegetable garden or your pots.
Take advantage of rainwater.
In addition to these practices, you can also separate recyclable waste, create a vegetable garden at home, or use rainwater to wash outside areas or water plants.
Leave empty water jugs, buckets, or other containers outside to store rainwater.
If you prefer a more practical and sophisticated system, install a water catchment system with cisterns to recover and store water.
As you have seen, small gestures are enough to make your home a more sustainable space.
Besides the benefits for the environment, these tips will help you save money. Be it on your water or electricity bill or on decorative elements that will last longer.
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