Sustainable Homes

TEXT BY Zoe Weiner

Whether it’s tossing your bottles into the recycling bin or turning the lights off every time you leave the room, sustainability starts at home. Little decisions that we all make on a daily basis — like unplugging our electronics or carrying re-usable bags to the grocery store — can make a major difference, but there’s even more you can do to “go green” throughout your entire home. Here are five easy ways to make your home more sustainable.

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Collect Rainwater

There may be water, water everywhere during the rainy springtime season, but what the heck are you supposed to do with it? Harvesting rainwater — aka collecting it and storing it for later use — is one of the easiest ways to recycle water (and save on water costs) in your home. You can do something as simple as putting a bucket on your doorstep during a downpour to save H2O that can be used to water indoor plants, or integrate a more sophisticated plumbing system that can recycle rain water into everyday things like your toilet and washing machine. Remember, every drop counts.

Introduce Solar Panels

Rain isn’t the only natural resource that can come in handy when trying to make your home more environmentally friendly. The sun’s energy can be integrated in a number of ways throughout your house with as little as one or two solar panels. It can be utilized via LED lights, which connect to the sun during the day and batteries at night, or to charge batteries, heat water or to power indoor pumps.
Sustainable Homes | Drinkfinity HUB
Sustainable Homes | Drinkfinity HUB

Start Composting

Your trash may be nature’s treasure. Composting, which involves collecting organic matter like fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, leaves and garden soil in a bin instead of tossing it out like trash, can divert as much as 30% of your household waste away from the garbage can. Then, you can mix your homemade nutrient-rich compost into your garden soil, this mixture fuels plant growth for your best crops ever.

Check The Energy Rating Of Your Appliances

When it comes to sustainability, not all appliances are created equal… Not even close. While you can make little adjustments, like choosing not to run the dishwasher or washing machine unless there’s a full load ready to go, the best thing you can do for efficiency is outfit your home with products that are actually efficient. Look for appliances that have an energy star stamp of approval, which can also help you save $$$ depending on where you live. (Green, x2).
Sustainable Homes | Drinkfinity HUB
Sustainable Homes | Drinkfinity HUB

Bring In The Greenery

Indoor plants not only setup your decor game, but it can help make your home physically and environmentally cleaner. Certain species of air-purifying plants can help absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air, making the stuff you breathe noticeably cleaner.