Reducing Your Home’s Negative Impact on the Planet

Reducing Your Home’s Negative Impact on the Planet

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As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of how our day-to-day habits are impacting the very world that we live in. We can see negative consequences of using excessive fossil fuels, disposing of huge amounts of plastic, and various other human activities on the weather, environment, and landscapes. We can also see how this is impacting other people, animals, and plant life. If you want to make a positive change to try to prevent any further damage to the planet, you should implement a couple of the following changes into your home routine!

Insulate Your Windows

We use a whole lot of energy heating our homes. Now, there are steps that you can take to minimize your need for using so much energy. You could wear layers instead of actively heating your property. You could accept a bit of a chill on colder nights and wrap up a little tighter in your quilt. But if you are into creature comforts and prefer a warm home to settle down in comfortably, you can significantly reduce your energy consumption by preserving the energy that you do generate. Once you’ve turned your heating on and your property warms up, you should be able to turn your heating system off and your property should retain the warmth within itself. If heat simply escapes and you find that you are constantly having to burn fuel to keep warm, you probably have insufficient insulation. This can be changed! Your home is most likely to lose heat through its windows, so focus on these first. Make sure that they are double glazed and that you use solar film with Custom Window Graphics. This can make a significant difference!

Use Natural Cleaning Products

You probably haven’t thought about how your choice of cleaning products can affect the environment. You simply use a variety of different products and when you’re finished with them, you wash them down the drain. Washing powders, dishwasher tablets, antibacterial sprays, bleach, window cleaners… the list goes on and on. But have you ever questioned where the chemicals from these products end up? Well, many will eventually wash into waterways, polluting natural environments around the world. Instead, you could significantly minimize damage by switching to natural cleaning products. If you’re feeling particularly crafty and self-sufficient, you could make your own. But if you have a little less time on your hands, there are plenty of companies out there who are starting to develop more natural and eco-friendly formulas.

These are just two options that you can consider. There are plenty more out there! If you’re interested in making further change, conduct a little research into minimal living and maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle! There’s a whole lot of potential for good out there!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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