Whether you want to save on your monthly energy costs or live an eco-friendly lifestyle, there are many small changes you can make to your home to promote sustainability. We’ll explain some basic modifications anyone can do to make their home greener and reduce energy usage.
Skip the Dryer
The dryer may be the fastest and most convenient way to dry your clothes, but it consumes a lot of energy. Instead of using the dryer, consider stringing up some lines to hang your clothes outside and let the fresh air dry them.
If you live in colder climates, you can get an indoor drying rack for your clothes. It’ll cut down on your energy use and save money; plus, there’s something undeniably pleasant about letting fresh air dry your clothes!
Switch to LED Bulbs
There are many ways to light your home sustainably, but the easiest and most effective is to switch out your old bulbs for LED ones. LED bulbs may have a higher sticker price than incandescent, but they last far longer while using less energy.
LED bulbs are green for the environment and easy on your wallet!
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Heating and cooling your home requires a lot of energy, but you can stop worrying about constantly setting the temperature by installing a programmable thermostat. With a programmed thermostat, you can adjust the temperature around your daily schedule.
Pro Tip: You can get a remote thermostat that allows you to set your home’s temperature from your phone no matter where you are!
A programmable thermostat will automatically reduce energy use when you’re out of the house, at work, or asleep late at night—saving you money.
Start a Compost Pile
Some people are hesitant to start a compost pile because they think they’re dirty and smelly, but current-day compost piles are much tidier and odor-free than their predecessors. Not only does it remove waste and trash from landfills, but it gives you free fertilizer to start a garden!
Some household items that can go into your compost pile include:
- Tea bags (without the staple)
- Coffee grounds
- Shredded newspaper
As you can see, it doesn’t take an intense commitment or dramatic changes to promote sustainability; these are small, simple changes anyone can make in their home. Whether it’s light bulbs, a hanging rack, or a compost pile, there’s no shortage of ways to make your home (and wallet) greener!