We all need to do our bit for the natural world if we’re going to prevent the worst outcomes of climate change, and a great place to start is by looking at our homes. This is where we spend the bulk of our time, and, in nearly all cases, is where most of our carbon footprint lies (exceptions are if you’re a cross-continent jetsetter). Fortunately, making your home earth-friendly is not an impossible task — indeed, with a few tweaks, you can dramatically change how much of the earth’s resources you use, and also set a good example to others, too. Below, we take a look at the changes you’ll want to consider.
Let’s begin by looking at the staples of your home, the furniture, electronics, and so on. While it can be nice to have a brand new item, the truth of the matter is that it takes up a lot of energy to manufacture and transport new goods. Instead, when it comes to buying something for your home, it’s best to look at second-hand items. There are plenty of upcycled, high-quality items of furniture that you can put in your home. For things like microwaves, televisions, phones, and so on, you can look at refurbished items. They’re all just as good as the new products, but way less expensive.
We use up a lot of energy running our homes. The process of using water, keeping our homes cool/warm, and so on, can be highly energy-intensive. There are ways you can reduce how much energy you’re using, however. For example, water tanks can be used to collect rainwater, while the warm/cool air you pump around your home can be kept indoors by upgrading your windows and doors. If you have space, then look at solar panels, too. They can be a bit of an investment, but they’ll pay you back with savings on your bills in the long run.
In the Garden
Not enough people make the most of their garden. It can do so much for your life and home, and not only by providing a relaxing space to unwind on a summer’s day. Take a vegetable garden, for example. This is excellent for the environment because it first provides vegetables for your meals that otherwise may have travelled many miles, and they’re also good for local biodiversity, too. They’re easy to set up and can be a lot of fun, so give it a go.
In the Fridge
One of the biggest differences you can make to the size of your carbon footprint is connected to your fridge, and chiefly, what’s inside it. If you want to make your home a bona fide eco-warrior fortress, then look at cutting out meat from your family meals. Factory farmed meats are among the most energy-intensive processes out there. Indeed, for most people, the most significant way they could make a difference is to simply transfer to a vegan or vegetarian diet. Give it a go!