With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s worth having the discussion about how we can do more to protect our plant. The good news is that there are many little fixes you can make around your home that can make it more eco-friendly, and most of the time, healthier for your pocket as well!
Invest in High-Efficiency Appliances
We have come a long way in the last few decades, and most home appliances today are much, much more efficient than they were years ago. Accordingly, hydro prices have also gone up, so it makes sense to try to find the most efficient appliances available, including washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and furnaces. The appliance market has really been innovating to accommodate for our needs, and now you’ll even find refrigerators with see-through doors that will allow you to see the contents and decide what you want to grab rather than standing there with the door open, letting out all the cold air. That’s just an example of the exciting things available today!
Get a Smart Thermostat (and use it!)
You don’t have to look far to find a “smart thermostat” anymore. Most new ones have features which allow you to alter the temperature from an app on your phone, as well as program “day to day” patterns. Program it so that your furnace or air conditioner isn’t working as hard when you’re away from home at work or on vacation, and comfortable for you and your family when you’re at home. This will decrease the energy consumption of your home and also save you on your monthly utility bill.
Ditch the Artificial Scents
Everyone wants to live in a beautifully smelling home. The problem is that many of the air fresheners and deodorizers on the market are full of harmful chemicals like pthalates, formaldahyde and dichlorobenzene which can affect the quality of the air in your home and the environment. Instead, use a diffuser to spread the scent of natural essential oils or use fresh flowers and herbs to keep the air smelling nice.
Get a Backyard Composter (and use it!)
In Kitchener Waterloo, we are lucky that the Region of Waterloo has a waste management program which includes organics collection (known as the green bin). However, it’s much more eco-friendly to have your own composter in your backyard. That means less to collect and process by the Region. You also get to benefit from the soil that comes out of it eventually, using it to fill up those flower beds or vegetable garden. Get a backyard composter for free from the Region of Waterloo. Their 2018 supply should be available soon!
Switch Our Your Toilets
We don’t really need that much water in our toilets, at least not most of the time. This means that we unnecessarily flush excess water (which we pay for) down the toilets multiple times a day! Replace them with low-water toilets which look just a good as the original (if not better) but saves you that extra water usage. You can also get a free in-home consultation with Region experts if your water usage is above 200 litres per person per day. They will give you a personalized report with ways in which you can lower your consumption.
Light it Up!
Trade in your lightbulbs for an eco-friendly alternative for a longer-lasting, more energy efficient lighting system. The initial cost might make you reconsider but remember that the life of such a lightbulb is much longer and the price of keeping the lights on will drop significantly.
All of the investments that you put into having a eco-friendlier home will be selling features if and when you decide to move. However, in the meantime, reap the rewards by having a clearer conscience and lower home care costs than before.