How to Make Your Home Eco-Sustainable

Reducing our carbon footprint starts at home.

Updated on June 15, 2017 11:06 am

Martin Cuyegkeng

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Carbon footprints are normally associated with motorists; hence, the popularisation of biking to work and electric cars. Saving Mother Nature, however, does not have to begin when we step outside our front door. In fact, becoming environmentally friendly can actually start even before we leave our homes. Reversing the effects of climate change is quite challenging and a big feat to accomplish; heck, we might not even be able to reverse it in our lifetime. But reducing its effects is actually manageable. With all that’s said and done, we have to start somewhere. And a good place to start is in our homes.

Here are some steps that we can take to help make the world environmentally sustainable one house at a time.

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Energy-saving bulbs

Here’s a bright idea. Replace your incandescent lights with energy-saving bulbs. Two of the popular lights that are being used in most homes right now are LED and CFL. They do not only help conserve energy consumption, they also last longer than regular incandescent bulbs. It may require an investment on your part, as LED bulbs are generally more expensive, but if it means cutting back on your energy use, then we’d say it’s an investment worth making.

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Extension Cord

Use extension cords with individual switches per socket. Some appliances, even when switched off, still consume energy. So having extensions cords with individual switches allows you to completely cut off electricity. Either that or you literally unplug the appliance you are not using.

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Low Flow Showerhead

Shower the environment with love by using less water when you take a bath. Just by simply replacing your showerhead with a low-flowing one, you are already doing Mother Nature a favour. Partner that with a shorter shower time, you’re actually washing away some of the carbon footprints you’re unconsciously making.

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Refrigerator

Replacing your old refrigerator with a current and energy efficient model is ideal. But in case you can’t buy a new one, try replacing its position in your kitchen. Putting it in direct sunlight or in a warmer area of your kitchen requires the refrigerator to churn more energy to keep cool. Try to re-lay out your kitchen and make sure that the refrigerator is positioned in the coolest spot.

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Non-Toxic Home Cleaners

Let’s be frank. You wouldn’t want any toxins going in your body. Think of how Mother Nature feels. Yes, it might be a little more expensive to use eco-friendly home cleaners. But if you think about it, you’re not only keeping toxins out of nature, you’re also keeping it out of your home, your loved ones, and yourself, too. It’s a win-win situation if you look at it. And in case you didn’t know, you can pretty much use readily available and natural ingredients found in your kitchen to clean things at home.

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Solar Panels

Installing solar panels to your house may be a radical (and costly) move. But the benefits to having them far outweigh the consequences—like cutting back tremendously on your energy bill. If this is something you can afford, then go ahead and do it!


Know any other way to make your home earth-friendly? Hit us up at hello@cromly.com!

Cover photo courtesy of Timberline Construction of Bend

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