How to Go Green at Home

Updated May 14, 2019
Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

Taking care of our planet is a worldwide call to action for all to embrace. From picking up highway litter and ocean trash to recycling, we can all find a way to do our part.

Perhaps the best place to start when it comes to truly making an impact is right from the comfort of your own home. As most individuals spend the majority of their time in the same place, it follows that your residence is where you will have the most opportunity to make a change.

Here’s how you can go green at home to make a positive impact on our planet.

Conserve

Conservation most likely goes without saying if you’re looking to live a greener life, but repetition on this topic is necessary. You’d be surprised how much electricity and water you use at home that is not needed. However, conservation goes beyond simply taking shorter showers and turning off your lights. Make it a point to stock your home with reusable items that will allow you to produce less waste as well. Opt for glass tupperware the next time you’re in need of new containers to consume less plastic. Invest in dryer spheres for your laundry to replace the repetitiveness of dryer sheets and reduce your waste. Remember that going green at home means less is more. By conserving what you already have you are one step closer to conserving natural resources as well.

Buy Used

It’s always tempting to stock your home with the latest and greatest items, however, going this route is not the most planet friendly choice. The increase of textile waste is an ever growing problem that continues to harm the environment. Instead of going out to get something new every time you have the urge to shop, try your hand at thrifting. Though finding the perfect item might take a bit more time, whatever you purchase is sure to be a unique feature for your home. Spice up your wardrobe with some vintage finds or shop modern brands like Lularoe at online thrift stores like thredUP. Wherever you choose to buy used, take pride in filling your home with your favorite thrifted finds.

Compost

Most are familiar with composting but have no idea where to start or if the process is complicated. In reality, composting is simple and easy to set up both in or outside your home. The benefits of composting include healthier soil, making gardening easier, and reduced waste. Compost is a mixture of waste from both your yard and your kitchen that naturally recycles into soil. Whether you go out and purchase a composting bin or find a space to do so outside, composting at home will not be something you regret. The process is the perfect way to DIY your own fertilizer for your future garden endeavors.

Garden

Similar to composting, gardening will make you feel one with the earth in more ways than one. Picking up this hobby as an edition to your backyard or as a windowsill planter in your home is a great way to green up your household. From vegetables, fruits, and herbs, there are many simple gardening tips you can peruse online to help you discover which plants will work best in your space. Most find gardening to be an engaging labor of love. Starting to grow your own produce will allow you to reduce your carbon footprint while at the same time increasing what’s in your wallet! Don’t be afraid to get outside and garden the next time you find yourself with a free Saturday.

While there are numerous ways you can develop a greener routine at home, hopefully the tips above inspired your eco-friendly side even more. The next step in the process would be to even install some sustainable living features right into your home as well.

How do you plan on going green at home?

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Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson

Designing and building a new home is often stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s where Ryan comes in, who is the Partner and Co-owner of S9. Ryan manges the day-to-day operations of the build, and ensures that our clients are satisfied through regular updates and budget reviews. At S9, the client always comes first and Ryan makes sure that they are involved in the building process and aware of how the project is going at all times.

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