November 25 2018
Make Your Home Eco-Friendly (and Save Money!)
15 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly (and Save Money!)
Not everyone gets to live in a community that is immersed in nature. Residents of Hawks Ridge are lucky to get to enjoy a serene and peaceful environment without giving up the modern conveniences of the city. Backing onto Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park means that protecting local wildlife is essential and that we must strive to be a sustainable community for present and future generations. It is all of our responsibility to do our part to minimize our impact on the environment and maintain this unique community for generations to come.
You might be thinking “reducing my home’s footprint? That’ll be costly and require a lot of work!”. Small changes to things that you do each day can make a huge difference. You may even be unaware of some of these little things that can make a huge impact. Continue reading to learn 15 easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly and also save you money! Talk about a win-win!
- Swap out it out: By switching out just 1 incandescent light bulb for 1 CFL bulb you can save 400 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions and save 66% more energy. Get your CFL bulbs here.
- Pay your bills: Well that goes without saying…..but do it online. Reduce paper and save time!
- Keep your compost-sure: Composting is in, garbage is out. You’ve heard it here first. Composting is the most effective way the average household can reduce their waste. Learn how to start composting in your home here.
- Unplug it: save electricity by unplugging your devices when they are not in use. By using a multi-extension lead you can reduce your energy consumption by up to 15% by turning it off when it is not in use.
- Totes ma goats: Forget the plastic bag. Toss extra tote bags in your car to use whenever you head to the grocery store.
- Keep it hot: Resist opening your oven door for unnecessary check-ins when you are cooking. Each time you open the oven door for 30 seconds the temperature drops by 65 degrees. Using glass, silicone or ceramic dishes can help reduce the cooking temperatures needed.
- Let the light in: Heat up your home naturally by opening your blinds during the day to let that sunshine in. This can reduce your energy by up to 10%.
- Say no to paper towels: Kill two birds with one stone. Cut up old t-shirts and use them as rags instead of opting for paper towels.
- Don’t go with the flow: Always turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Rather than running the tap while shaving, use a cup of warm water to rinse your razor. Showers > baths.
- Hello Pinterest: When decorating your home, instead of buying new, why not reuse and repurpose your old furniture. This will reduce waste and saves money!
- Play it cool: Approximately 85% – 90% of energy goes into heating water when washing clothes and that’s why you should switch your loads to cold water. Washing your clothes at 30 degrees uses up to 40% less energy than washing at higher temperatures.
- Spruce it up: Not only do houseplants look great, but they also improve your homes’ air quality. Test your green thumb and plant herbs on your back deck or even on your kitchen counter.
- Be fancy: Switch to using cloth napkins instead of using paper napkins or paper towels.
- Reuse that H2O: Residents of Hawks Ridge are provided with rain barrels so they can save water while keeping their yards and gardens beautiful. If you have any inquiries in regards to these rain barrels contact us at HawksRidge@walton.com.
- Last but not least, dryers: Hang dry when possible, always. Clean out your lint filter each use. Switch to dryballs. They do the same job as dryer sheets but without the chemicals.
Even if you can do just one of these ideas above, it will be a positive step towards reducing your environmental footprint. It is all of our responsibility to work together to maintain this uniquely sustainable community and leave it better off for generations to come! If you have any other suggestions on how to reduce your footprint let us know on our Facebook page here.
Interested in living in a sustainable community immersed in nature? Discover more about life in Hawks Ridge here.