7 Tips to Keep Your New Home Green
Moving is full of plenty of stress, but it’s also a great time to make real change in your life. New beginnings often motivate us to make positive changes in our lives, and a move is no exception. If you’ve been looking for ways to go greener, moving into a new space is a great opportunity. But what if your place is older? How do you commit to a greener lifestyle without breaking the bank, and without adding to the list of to-dos you’re working through in the move? It’s easier than you think. Check out our tips for making your new home more eco-friendly, and get the ultimate in green new starts!
Talk to a Sustainability Consultant
If you’re buying an older home, you might not even know where to start when it comes to sustainability. This is when it’s a good idea to talk to a sustainability consultant. They can let you know when to update your insulation, how to modernize your fixtures for saving energy, and even tell you if making big changes, like solar panels, are worth it for you and your family. Some districts even have tax breaks for sustainable renovation, which your consultant would be able to make you aware of.
Check For Needed Repairs
Part of buying your new home means checking for any needed repairs – repairing leaking faucets to save water and save you money on your energy bills! Switch out your leaky shower head with a low-flow option that can save you half a gallon per minute on average, drastically cutting into your family’s water consumption. Other repairs that can cut down on your energy costs include installing extra insulation, and weather stripping onto windows and doors, to keep heat in during the winter, and to stay cool in the summer. Be sure to make any needed repairs when you move in.
One quick and easy change you can make to your new home, without needing major repairs? Swap out your lights! The average incandescent light will need to be changed up to 21 times more than the average LED light, and your energy costs can be more than 10 times higher with an incandescent, or CFL light. Cut down on your costs, and make your life easier (and your home brighter) by opting for greener, cleaner, lightbulbs around your new home.
Use Green Cleaners
Of course, before you move in, you’ll want to deep clean. Both the new home and the old one. To make it a green clean, use eco-friendly, natural products like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. That means less chemical exposure for you and your family. Investing in a good HEPA air purifier can also help you with the deep cleaning process, and offers a healthy way to remove toxins and allergens from the air. The process will also help cleanse the build from any traces of smoke or pets, opting for an air purifier for pets will rid your home of both remaining traces of hair and dander.
Go With A Green Removal Company
Moving is a great time to declutter, too. You’d be surprised how much you have to get rid of! Many removal or moving companies can help you keep things sustainable, through partnerships with recycling companies, or consignment stores. Check with your waste removal and moving companies to see what green policies they have.
Make Use of Consignment and Second-Hand Shops
Speaking of consignment. As you’re filling up your new place with new memories, you’re also probably going to find something you need. Use the excuse to get to know your neighborhood. Check out consignment and second-hand shops. Clothing waste is responsible for a whopping 80 lbs of America’s waste each year. Cut down by choosing your new furniture and clothes from previously owned shops, or friends, families, and new neighbors!
Don’t Forget About Landscaping
Whether you’ve just got a yard for the first time, or you’re downsizing to a small lawn, make some use of it! Growing an herb or vegetable patch on your lawn can help cut down on trips to the grocery, as well as providing your family with delicious, natural ingredients. If cooking’s not your thing, growing flowers can help the local wildlife environment, including butterflies, bees, and ladybugs, to thrive and grow. Adding indoor plants adds a splash of green to your décor, but it also helps purify the air indoors and keeps your new home healthy. If you’re really without a green thumb, try easy-to-grow perennials, cactus variety, or Japanese bamboo, which take a lot less upkeep.
If you’re committed to a green lifestyle, you definitely want that reflected in your home. Whether you’ve bought your first family home, or you’re upgrading an older property, you want to make sure you’re changing more than just your address. Believe it or not, moving is a great way to recommit yourself to a greener lifestyle and it’s easy to make just a few changes to the work you’re already doing to get your home ready.
~ Article submitted by Jenny Mills who is the marketing manager for Best Air Purifier Guides. Her passion is to help educate people on how to live healthier lives by cleaning the air inside their homes. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and reading short fiction.