Improving Your Home and Your Environment Simultaneously

Improving Your Home and Your Environment Simultaneously

Some people think that it’s a mutually exclusive process to try to improve your home or to be more environmentally sustainable. In fact, this is not the case at all! Sometimes it takes a little bit of creative thinking and systems logic, but it’s a completely functional goal to make your home a better place while simultaneously doing things like reducing your overall carbon footprint.

Five ways that you can do this include by saving water by installing new plumbing, saving money and installing renewable energy equipment (like solar panels), using less power by improving your equipment and appliances, planting gardens instead of lawns, and in general making better use of items that you already have.

Save Water With New Plumbing

There are times that you can save a lot of water simply by getting new plumbing or plumbing fixtures in place. A classic example of this would be to install a low-flush toilet, or one of the new ones that has options for a full flush or half of a flush. Simple, economic, improvement-based, and environmental, all in one.

Save Money With Renewable Energy

By installing solar panels, you’re drastically improving your bottom line as far as energy use from the grid is concerned, as well as making the value of your home go up. Especially if you live in sunny areas where environmentalism is also appreciated, you can almost immediately expect positive reinforcement from this kind of a decision from your community. In addition to solar energy, some people have chose to try to incorporate geothermal energy into the mix as well.

Use Less Power With Better Equipment

Sometimes home improvement comes from things like better appliances as well. In the last several years, if you chose to buy energy efficient appliances, not only do you get the best that new technology has to offer, you’re also going to be spending less on your energy bill, creating a smaller carbon footprint, and potentially even getting tax breaks from the government.

Plant Gardens Instead of Lawns

A huge choice in the future is going to be putting in gardens instead of lawns. Not only do you get food out of the deal, but you also learn about local farming techniques and can improve the aesthetics of your yard with some proper landscaping. Plusses all around!

Create Multiple Uses for General Items

If you have single items with multiple purposes, that counts as home improvement and environment improvement as well. In addition, you’ll save money by not having to buy single-use items. A classic example of this would be a ductless heat pump that heats and cools your home instead of a furnace and air conditioning.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.