How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

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Today, a lot of home owners are going green by making their homes more eco-friendly and energy efficient. Climate change is a real problem all over the world, and a lot of people are wondering how they can help out in some way throughout their everyday lives. If you are one of those people, keep reading to find out ways to make your home more eco-friendly by providing a good balance between the health of the environment and the health of your household.

Recycling: The most common way to make your home more eco-friendly is to recycle. Almost anything can be recycled including plastic bags, empty milk cartons, cardboard boxes, old papers and magazines, and even old appliances. Sort out each recyclable material that you have, and take them to a recycling center near you.

Energy efficient appliances: Another great way to make your home more eco-friendly is to make sure all of your appliances are energy efficient. Some appliances have the “ENERGY STAR” sticker on them to ensure the users that those products are energy efficient. Check your appliances like the washers, dryers, toilets, and refrigerators to make sure they are eco-friendly, or think about switching to appliances that are more energy efficient.

Re-use the reusable: Plastic bags from the grocery store get thrown away when they can be reused as trash bags for small trash bins throughout your house. Instead of throwing things away that can be reused, use them until you cannot anymore to stay eco-friendly as possible.

Natural cleaning solutions: To keep your house clean, buy non-toxic cleaning supplies instead of using cleaning supplies that have loads of chemicals in them. Another tip to stay eco-friendly throughout your house is to clean some parts of your house using natural elements. For example, baking soda and vinegar are non-chemical cleaning solutions to use throughout your house that will not hurt the environment or yourself.

LED light bulbs: Another common way to keep your home eco-friendly is to switch the light bulbs currently in your house to energy saving light bulbs or LED bulbs. These bulbs run more efficiently than the normal light bulbs because they give off less heat and do not burn out as fast as the regular light bulb.

Vampire energy loss: Have you ever heard of vampire energy loss? This is when appliances and electronics still use power when they are plugged in and turned off. To keep your home eco-friendly, unplug the electronics and appliances that you are not using to save energy throughout the house.

This guest post is contributed from Pinehurst Inn, an eco-friendly bed and breakfast located in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

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