Looking to start a lifestyle change to be more conscious of the environment, or considering DIY home improvements? There are many simple ways to help the planet with just minor adjustments to your home and day to day activities.
Before diving into your next project, read through these easy tips! The planet (and your wallet!) will thank you.
Start in the Living Room
One of the most utilized rooms in any home, the living room provides plenty of opportunities for making environmentally friendly improvements! If you’re considering changing the color scheme, opt for paint with low volatile organic compounds (LVOC). LVOC paints are better for the planet and cut out the dangerous chemicals that contribute to smog.
Bonus: these paints don’t give off the headache-inducing fumes others do, making them better for your health too!
To give the room a more complete makeover, consider installing a ceiling fan and energy efficient windows. Charlottesville is known for its hot summers and cold winters, which can impact your electric bills! These easy improvements reduce future heating and cooling bills, putting more money in your pocket over time.
Get Crafty in the Kitchen
An easy way to reduce your environmental footprint in the kitchen is to eliminate your use of paper towels! Single use paper towels end up in landfills, while dish towels can be used for multiple messes and hold up over time. Eliminating the need to buy more every week not only helps the environment but adds more cash to your budget.
For added value, look for organic fibers, or products that have been sustainably sourced.
Dishwashers and other appliances can also be a major drain on your energy bill! Try only running the dishwasher when it’s completely full and letting dishes air dry. If you’re considering upgrading appliances, look for new ones with an energy star rating or certification.
No More Wasting Water
Charlottesville occasionally enforces water restrictions during times of drought, but reducing your use of water can help take the strain off water resources all year round. One of the easiest ways to cut down on your water bill is to turn off the water when it’s not in use.
It might seem like a no-brainer, but over 1,000 gallons of water are wasted every year by not turning off the sink while brushing your teeth! That’s over $20 dollars a year that literally goes down the drain.
Maximize your energy efficiency by installing low-flow shower heads and cold washing laundry. It might seem minor, but these environmentally friendly adjustments add up quickly! By making these switches you can save over 160,000 gallons of water a year and reduce your energy consumption by over 40%!
Looking For an Eco-Friendly Neighborhood?
While these environmentally friendly tips are all great for pre-existing houses, Charlottesville is home to many eco-friendly and new urbanist neighborhoods to make sustainable living even easier! As your local real estate expert, I can help you friend your perfect greenly designed home! Contact me today!