With being home more often than ever, you start to realize the little things in your living space. Maybe you didn’t realize you missed a spot dusting or how about that toilet suddenly ‘ghost flushing’. Over the last few months, we have done some minor repairs which got me thinking. How eco-friendly is our home? So with that thought, I decided to show you my top recommendations on how to create an eco-friendly home.
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Change your light bulbs to LED
Starting out our list on how to create an eco-friendly home involves your light bulbs. Your traditional home typically has incandescent bulbs that are cheap to replace but burn out A LOT faster than a basic LED bulb. In fact, an average incandescent bulb typically lasts for 1000-1200 hours of use, whereas your average LEDs last around 25,000 hours. Brandon from Viribright shows a great comparison. LEDs may be more expensive upfront but they will save you money in the long run and reduce your electricity usage.
Sylvania A19, 60W Equivalent LED Light Bulb, Soft White 2700K, 5 Pack
Sylvania 60W Equivalent, LED Light Bulb, A19 Lamp, Efficient 8.5W, Soft White 2700K, 24 Pack
Hue White A19 Starter Kit (Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit and Google Assistant)
Get an air purifier
Creating an eco-friendly home isn’t always about saving energy. Another way to create a healthier living space is by using an air purifier. These things are great if you have pets or allergies, as it will collect all sorts of particles. Smoke, pet dander, dust, pollen, the list goes on. Minimizing bacteria build-up throughout your home is not only better for your health, but could save you money in having to replace things in your home damaged by bacteria/mold.
LEVOIT Air Purifier for Large Room with H13 True HEPA Activated Carbon Filter
Levoit Air Purifier LV-PUR131 Replacement Filter
Levoit Air Purifier with H13 True HEPA Filter Active Carbon Filtration
Levoit LV-H132 Air Purifier with Replacement Filter
Use smart plugs/switches as timers
We have been using smart plugs for a few years, and recently just installed a smart switch. These help in creating an eco-friendly home by allowing you to automate your lights and outlets. An example of how we use the smart plugs is for living room lamps or a Christmas tree. You can use timers to have lights only turn on during certain times or to automatically turn off after a determined length of time.
Install a smart thermostat
This one is our favourite on the list. I could go on forever on why I love our Nest smart thermostat. When I think about creating an eco-friendly home, A/C and heat usage come to my mind. With a smart thermostat, you have full control over the temperature of your home. If you are away from the house, you can set higher/lower temperatures depending on the season. This way, you don’t rack up the utility bill when you aren’t home to benefit from it. A bonus with our Nest thermostat is the monthly report we receive. We get insights on how efficient our usage was and if there was a spike in usage, the report will tell what caused that.
Open/close windows and doors
Finishing up our list on creating an eco-friendly home is using the natural climate to your advantage. During the summertime, if there is a breeze, open your windows instead of using the A/C. If it’s wintertime, make sure your windows and doors are fully shut and staying closed. As the seasons change, your house shifts and with that your windows/doors. You would be surprised how much windows/doors can save you (or cost you) on your energy bill throughout the year.