The future is sustainable. It has to be. It is important to remember that there are things we can do as individuals that have an impact. It is easy to feel like there is nothing that we can personally do, but that is not true. For example, we can take fewer flights, adopt a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, and try to live in accordance with nature, rather than against it. These might be huge life changes for you. You can start with baby steps, such as a reusable glass water bottle.
Just by the example of your life and choices, others will be influenced. You don’t need to step-up on a soapbox or become an evangelist about living in a sustainable way. Friends, family, and coworkers will see the better choices aren’t that hard to implement. And we can incorporate our eco-concerns into our homes, too, with just a few small adjustments. Below, we take a look at some steps that’ll have you moving towards a more eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable home.
The biggest environmental drain of our homes is the energy we use to keep things running and comfortable, such as the electricity and water we need. But did you know that there are alternative ways to power your home? Solar panels, for example, can work exceptionally well if you live in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, and the costs are coming down all the time, too. If you use a well for your water supply, you could install a solar well pump. You can even use solar power to heat your water, too — they are called solar power water heaters if you want to research some more.
One of the problems with society and the environment is that we are so interdependent on each other for the essentials of life, such as food. And we are naturally (and logically) drawn to whatever is cheapest. Unfortunately, what is cheapest might have a pretty poor environmental record. Those vegetables you buy from a supermarket might be from a whole other country. So why not look at setting up your own vegetable garden? These are easy to set up, a lot of fun to maintain, and the veg you produce will be fresher and taste ten times better than what you buy in the store. Second best option? Buy local and in-season.
While growing your vegetables is a good start, it’s also worth considering how your home practices can influence your carbon footprint in the wider world, too. Think, for example, about what is probably your biggest carbon strike: your car, which runs on fossil fuels. There is a way around this, however: invest in an electric car. You can have a company like Suncoast Energy install an electric car charger on your property, and then charge your vehicle when it’s parked outside. This way, you won’t just be environmentally friendly at your house, but also when you’re going to work, the store, and so on. Obviously there are distance limitations, but if you live close enough to work and church it might make sense for you.
We all want our properties to look good, and sometimes, it can feel like this pursuit clashes with our goal of being environmentally friendly. It takes a lot of energy to craft, say, a new table — and let’s not forget that a tree was probably cut down to make it. As such, why not look at fitting out your home with upcycled goods? Not only do these furniture pieces often look better than new, store-bought products, but they’re a sustainable option, too. I love the character and look of distressed and vintage items. Handmade with natural materials – gorgeous!