If you are looking for ways to lead a more environmentally conscious life, then it takes a little more that driving a hybrid vehicle and sitting out your recyclables each week. Sustainable living is a lifestyle that is all encompassing. And sure, doing things like recycling and driving a vehicle that is cleaner for the environment is a good place to start, but it is only the beginning of what needs to be done. And don’t get discouraged if you cannot yet afford solar panels for your home because there are cheaper thing you can be doing now.
When looking for ways to “green” your life, a good place to start is with your home. Whether you are an apartment renter or a home owner, there are plenty of things that you can start doing today that will help you work towards sustainable living choices. One of the biggest things that you can tackle with your home is its energy consumption. Even the smallest of studio apartments can be huge energy users if not optimized for energy efficiency.
The process of turning a home into something that maximizes energy efficiency is easier for those who own their own home since unlimited renovations can be done. Renters have their hands tied, so to speak, in terms of what can and cannot be done to upgrade a dwelling’s features for energy efficiency.
Regardless of your home ownership status, reducing the amount of heating and cooling needs for your home is something that everyone can do. A good place to start is with proper insulation of all windows, which is especially important if you have thin, single pane windows throughout your home. A great cheap fix for insulating those windows is a good set of noise cancelling curtains. Normally, these are used for sleeping to help keep out unwanted noise from the neighborhood, but they are also perfect for reducing your heating and cooling needs for the home. By design, these curtains are extra thick (to keep out all that noise pollution), and that makes them great insulating curtains. You can use them to keep heat inside the home during the winter and prevent the heat and sun from warming it up too much in the summer.
Another great way to lower your heating and cooling costs is to get a programmable thermostat. There are perfect for people who work outside the home because it prevents unnecessary heating and cooling when no one is home. These are fairly inexpensive devices that are easy to use. They are also great for when you are out of town or on vacation and don’t want to waste energy on cooling or heating an empty home.
Soundproofing your home is another way to reduce energy costs. Like the curtains, this method is designed to keep unwanted noise out of the home but also doubles as energy efficient insulation. Normally, this sort of thing is done when homes are built or renovated, and it may not be possible do implement such a thing if you are renting a home.
These are just some of the things that you can easily implement in your home to make it a bit greener. Starting with these puts you on the right path for more sustainable living at home.