From composting toilets to solar panel setups, going green certainly seems like it relies a lot on technology. Luckily, you don’t need to outfit your home in the latest and greatest gadgets to have a positive impact on your surroundings. Here are three things you can do now without any tech requirements to make your home more eco-friendly.
Everything that goes down the drain can have a negative impact on the environment. This includes the runoff of the cleaning products you use. With so many harmful chemicals in current products, one of the fastest and cheapest ways to help make your home green is to simply switch to less harsh cleaning products. All you need to clean your home is simple, affordable stuff, such as vinegar, alcohol, and bleach. Invest in a few spray bottles and spend some time looking up homemade cleaning solutions.
When you’ve saved up a bit of money for something that will have a larger impact on your carbon footprint, look to your home’s doors. When weather stripping ages and damage opens your home up to the environment, it’s time to think about getting replacement doors to make sure the openings to your house are working at peak efficiency. By doing so, you’re guaranteeing yourself a lower energy bill and less wasted heat and cooling. Fiberglass-composite doors are the best in terms of eco-friendly protection and are great at mimicking the look of real wood.
According to the EPA, biodegradable materials, like food and yard waste, currently make up 30% of America’s trash. Instead of tossing those table scraps, cultivate them to produce nutrient rich soil for your yard. All you need are browns (like twigs and leaves), greens, and water. Mix these together and you’ll have yourself a pile of fresh soil in no time. If you don’t have an outdoor area, you can still compost inside. As long as you invest in a high quality bin and manage it well, there should be no smell and you’ll have fresh, ready-to-use soil in two to five weeks.
There’s no need to give up on being green when you lack the most modern technology. There are so many actions you can take to improve your positive impact on the environment. From front doors to cleaning products, having the latest smart fridge isn’t necessary when you want to surround your home with respect for nature.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan