If you love this little planet of yours and if you feel ready to do as much as you can to protect it then you will be interested in how to have an eco home. For rich property owners, it seems very easy to upgrade their gardens with bright improvements like solar panels and triple-pane windows, but those people who still rent a house can do their share as well. So, let’s check some of the following tips on how to have a lovely eco home.
There is nothing like having your own garden and growing your own vegetables and herbs. Vegetables such as rosemary, parsley, chives, coriander, basil and oregano will be well prepared in pots, but you must remember to water them occasionally, and give them enough air and sun. On the other hand, some smaller kinds of veggies like tomatoes, onions, capsicums, and lettuce can be grown in containers, too. It may sound crazy, but consider reusing old saucepans and kettles, and even old handbags and shoes to grow your veggies in.
For the brown-thumbed, succulents and Australian natives is also a good option due to their low-maintenance. And for extra greenie points, try a worm farm. You can use polystyrene boxes, newspaper and food scraps to build a cheap backyard, though you’ll have to order special worms (a small box costs about 30 bucks). In case you don’t have enough space, you can buy small commercial versions. Though these tiny things might seem irrelevant to you, they can actually contribute a lot if you want to have an eco home
There are some points which can really help you cut down on your electricity bills. Multitasking is the keyword for energy efficiency in the kitchen, so why not try and make pasta sauces and soups in bulk while your roast is in the oven just to consume over time. Also, try to find different ways to help you reduce unnecessary packaging. For example, leaf tea is cheaper than tea bags and the dregs can be used on your garden. It may take some time to make them, but think of it as your daily tea-making ritual and embrace the Zen. Good, reusable containers (which you can also use as decorative knick-knacks) mean you can provide food cupboard items like flour in bulk as well as make you home more eco friendly.
During winter months a good idea is to ditch the electric blanket and heater in favor of some warm quilts and a woolen underlay. Also, use door snakes to block any drafts. However, if your place has cheap, old and useless curtains, then look for some insulated ones from an op shop (or the back of your parents’ cupboards). Also, you can look for some furniture and other accessories on eBay , op shop or in your parents’ cupboards. In comparison with new purchases, vintage items tend to be less expensive, longer lasting and better quality and, dare we say, cuter as well. Hence, act wisely and reuse all you can.
Buyers may be especially interested in installing low-flush toilets. Not flushing the toilet every time, or flushing it only once is actually (no matter how bad it sounds) a great way to save water. What’s more, with a couple of good suggestions you can easily make your own eco friendly bathroom cleaners and avoid all those shiny, artificially scented products. For example, an effective cleaner can be made from 1/2 cup bicarbonate of soda and one cup white vinegar mixed into a spray bottle. Leave it that way for a while before you wipe it away. Also, it is easy and interesting to make lip-gloss, DIY facial cleansers, and bubble bath on your own. Search the Internet and find the recipes.
Pantry and Fridge
Nowadays, the production of modern meals has a very strong impact on the environment, so cutting back on animal products can be a good and cheap way to deal with it. For this reason, consider exploring local farmers’ markets, organic products, free trade and free range options, and pay special attention to what’s written on the labels. Don’t let the fancy packaging deceive you. Think of making your own stuff, as well. DIY ginger beer and wine recipes are available on the Internet.
As you all know sockets should be switched off when they’re not in use. Those individuals who are very cautious may even think about using the money they’ve saved to switch over to green power (usually about 10% more expensive). If you use many gadgets, such as mobile phone, iPod -then you may want to invest in a solar gadget recharger in order to save electricity and have an eco home.
Place it on the windowsill and wait for the sun to do its job. Besides, make sure you read the label when you decide to buy an electric device: every device uses a certain amount of kilowatts per hour, so look for the one that consumes the least in your price range. You should be economical with water and gas by trying to collect water when you wash veggies and insulate the pipes on your boiler.
Having an environmentally friendly house might require some additional work on your part, but it will pay off eventually. Nothing compares to the feeling of having an eco home. Try it, you won’t regret it.