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5 Top Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

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  • 1. Donate everything
  • 2. Shop for second-hand furniture
  • 3. Upgrade your appliances
  • 4. Go solar
  • 5. Add a thermostat

Being eco-friendly is one of the most important things you can do in today’s world.

Even though our society fits our needs perfectly, some practices put the Earth in real danger. We’re living in an environmental crisis and it’s your job to lessen the blow by choosing alternative sources of energy and minimizing waste in your household.

Now’s the perfect time to make some changes around the home for the sake of your and the Earth’s happiness:

1. Donate everything

Start by cleaning out your entire home and see what things you’re going to keep and what things you’re not. The things you have no use for anymore shouldn’t end up in the trash, though.

Why not donate them instead?

You know what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. There are people out there who would fall in love with the things you don’t want and those less fortunate who can’t afford good furniture otherwise.

This is your chance to do something good for the community as well as the Eart, so don’t waste it.

2. Shop for second-hand furniture

If you’re thinking of upgrading your furniture, don’t choose the new stuff.

Even though it may look more appealing, it’s not any better than used furniture. There are places that hold well-kept furniture that needs a new home. You’re likely to find unique woodwork and pieces of living room furniture in places like this.

You’ll be saving the Earth by reducing the amount of waste on landfills, while also creating the most unique environment possible. No one will have the same furniture you do, making yours feel more valuable and unique. Plus, second-hand furniture often tells the tale of class and elegance.

3. Upgrade your appliances

If you haven’t bought new appliances in ages, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. You should choose grade A appliances regardless of what their function is.

Even though they might cost a little more, they’ll save a lot of energy in the long run. As well as that, they’ll have a longer lifespan and you won’t have to worry about them breaking down.

You’ll be saving an enormous amount of money on your bills, as well. We don’t even realize how much energy our appliances waste, especially when they’re not energy-efficient.

And to save even more money and energy, you should unplug your appliances completely if you’re not using them. Don’t leave that coffee maker plugged in until the next morning and definitely put your hairdryer away when you’re done using it. This goes for bigger electrical appliances that pull more energy, like washing machines and computers, too.

4. Go solar

Solar power is much purer than traditional electricity and it doesn’t cost half as much.

A common misconception is that solar power will only work during the summer, but what you have to realize is that it doesn’t work due to heat. Instead, it literally collects sunlight so the temperature really isn’t a factor for solar power to work. 

Today, it’s very easy to add solar panels to your roof, but you do have to take care of them properly. If you’re new to solar energy, it’s good to have a local electrician company on hand just in case you need advice or something goes wrong.

This will make the transition to solar energy much more comfortable and will ensure there are no hiccups along the way.

5. Add a thermostat

Smart thermostats are all the rage right now, and that’s not without a reason. They make living in any home more comfortable and ensure your house doesn’t waste the energy it doesn’t need.

With normal heating and cooling systems, you don’t have much choice but to let them run all day if you want to come home to a comfortable temperature.

With smart thermostats, you can program them to turn on and off automatically, so you don’t waste time heating or cooling the environment. You could be at work and then turn on your thermostat before you head home so things are nice and cool or warm by the time you get home, without wasting an ounce of energy. This also lowers your bills significantly and ensures your home stays at optimal temperatures, regardless of the conditions outside.

Conclusion

As you can see, these eco-friendly improvements won’t cost you a lot of money or effort.

The main thing is that you’ll be creating less waste while also saving money in the long run.

Let’s not forget that eco-friendly alternatives are also much better for your health, as you and your family will only be exposed to purer sources of energy. We’re confident these eco-friendly alternatives are exactly what your home needs to shine and your family needs to be happy.

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