“Going Green” sounds so high maintenance. I mean, you love mother nature and the great outdoors and all that, and you recycle already. What more can be done beyond that?
You may have heard the basics—changing your light bulbs to eco-friendly ones, recycling cardboard and soda cans and not leaving the water on while you’re brushing your teeth. And while that might be the extent of what you think you can handle, you’re mistaken.
There are so many easy ways to make your home eco-friendly that are almost easier than changing your light bulbs! You may not have heard of these, but believe us when we say you don’t have to think twice about making the switch.
Plug Every Room into A Power Strip
Fun fact—even if an appliance is off, it’s still sucking energy. Take your toaster for example! You may think you’re being efficient leaving your toaster plugged in an on the counter for the next morning, but it’s sucking energy and eating at your electricity bill all night long!
If you plug it into a power strip and turn that strip off, however, your appliances can’t suck any energy. And how convenient! If you plug your entire living room into a single power strip, turning out each individual lamp before bed is suddenly so much easier.
Using power strips as a third party for your appliances couldn’t be an easier or more convenient thing to do, and you end up saving a ton of energy and money. If you’re still not convinced, check out this article on how the eco power strip can save the world.
Sun Blocking Curtains
We’ve all been here. Sitting on the couch in the late afternoon, the sun baking through the window, and we think to ourselves, “is the air even on?”
Yes, the air is on, it’s just working over-time to compensate for that hot sun! Blackout curtains can solve that problem of yours, though. By installing thick curtains on your windows, and easy draw of the fabric can save you a ton of money, and can eliminate the extra energy your air conditioning unit is using to overcome the afternoon sun.
Invest in Shaving Cream
Okay, what? What could shaving cream possibly do for you, or the environment?
Well, it might help you use less water in the shower. Water usage is a huge energy sucker and showering is one of the biggest culprits. Shaving outside the shower gives you the time to have a thorough shave, and can potentially cut your shower time in half! Think of all the energy you’re saving.
What’s on Your Roof?
You might not think about this one daily, but asphalt roofing material is horrible for the environment—and odds are, the top of your house is covered in it.
Replacing your roof is a big project, but asphalt tile can only really last around 10-15 years anyway. If you’re paying off a mortgage or planning to stay in the same house for a while, talking about replacing your roofing material could be the biggest thing you ever do to help the environment. There are lots of options in this department. Wood shingles are great insulators and can help you get the most out of your heating and cooling systems.
Let Your Plants Kill the Pests
Consider investing in a more natural way to kill the pests around your house this summer! Did you know that there are several species of plant that act as insect repellent? Skip the harsh chemicals and check out these cool additions to your garden instead.
Basil repels mosquitos, flies, and beetles.
Chrysanthemums repel ants, roaches, fleas, and bed bugs.
Lavender repels moths, mosquitos, and fleas.
And the list goes on. Whatever bug you’d like to keep away this summer, there’s a plant that can do your job for you. Besides making your home beautiful and kicking your landscaping up a notch, you’re sparing the environment from some harmful, unnecessary chemicals.
About the author: Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. Image: Scott Webb