Top Sustainable Home Lifestyle Tips
Our lifestyles are very important to us these days, we always need to have a break away from the chores in life and take ourselves away to those special me times. A positive lifestyle is what we all seek from relaxation to challenging our physical strength.
Many of us also enjoy living as much a sustainable lifestyle as possible (some of us converting over as best as we can). Our home lifestyle can greatly effect our green foot print and there are many small things that we can do in order to make a difference - every little helps!
Top sustainable lifestyle tips:
Educate yourself first on the subject of sustainability. For me this is the best start to a sustainable lifestyle. From books to blogs, YouTube videos to local face to face support groups. There are many ways to get yourself knowledgeable on the subject and what guidelines / tips you can follow. Hot tip: Find a YouTuber that you enjoy watching who focuses on sustainable living at home (urban / rural) and go through their videos to learn how it is done (make sure you stay subscribed with alerts to let you know when new videos are uploaded) - You can also communicate with the YouTuber such as asking questions.
Conserve Energy is a great starting point for many. We are all at fault I am sure for leaving a room for a long period of time yet the lights are on (upgrade your home with LED lights), or the radio is talking to no one, TV entertaining empty seats and more besides. Not only will this help your utility bills, it also reduces the strain / demand on the local grids. Think also spare / guest rooms, are they being heated when all they need is a very low setting applied?
Recycle is also a great way to help. That black bad we are throwing away each week should be relatively empty if we are able to get rid of waste wisely. From paper to glass, we can easily divide what we throw away (most local councils will take away food waste / paper and cardboard / plastic bottles & tin cans / garden waste and some also the likes of asbestos and other materials. Once you support recycling you will find it hard to be lazy when putting things in to your main bin at home.
Grow your own fruit and vegetables is another positive towards your sustainable lifestyle. From apartment balconies to local allotments with raised be gardens and greenhouses in between, we all have a touch of green finger skills so why not look to use what nature provided us and start producing our own food. This can stretch to holding livestock.
Conserve / Recycle water which mostly consists of collecting rain water. For many homes this is a simply process where has guttering can feed collected water to a water tank / barrel which the overflow them goes back to the drainage system. Such collection of water is ideal for gardening purposes / cleaning (ie cars / pathways). Also we must conserve so unnecessary leaving of taps on during teeth brushing or washing up / rinsing / watering will help to reduce your water demand on the system.
Support sustainable / green / low carbon footprint products and services and including where you can to buy local. Many companies will focus on sustainability and proudly display the efforts they are making on their packaging / marketing so where and when you can try and support them more over those who are yet to make the equal efforts.
Take a step outside the norm and this means such exercises as one evening a week where there is no television / tablets / mobile phones on and instead rely on good old fashioned entertainment such as reading / board games / yoga / exercise and more.
Re-use and avoid single use products. The likes of simple additions such as reusable drink containers, re-use shopping bags, glass jars, clothes / towels / bed linen can all be used and used again and again.
Compost bin / heap is a great addition to your garden and you can not only add grass cuttings and dead leaves, but also food peelings, wood, paper, cardboard, excess soil and much more. Use compost to fertilise your allotment / raised bed gardens.
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