How to Make Your Home and Garden More Eco-Friendly

Sponsor/Writer - LouAnn Moss

Making your home and garden eco-friendly is a great way to take care of the environment while doing something you enjoy, like gardening. If you’re wondering how you could do this, have a look at the five tips below. Implement those that you can and play an active role in keeping the environment green.

Save Water

Water conservation is a great way to reduce human impact on the environment, so set up your home in such a way that you use less water. A good place to start is by changing your shower head if it has a leak. A leakage rate of 10 drips per minute from a showerhead wastes over 500 gallons of water annually. This is the same amount it takes to wash up to 60 loads of dishes using your dishwasher, and this should inspire you to stop any leaks.

Also, consider changing your lawn to one that needs less water to maintain, but if not, water early in the morning and late in the afternoon to maximize the water reaching your grass.

Use Fewer Chemicals

Chemicals not only affect native plants and animals in general, but most also leave the ground poisoned for a long time to come. Avoid damaging the natural state of your garden by using fewer chemical fertilizers and pest control.

Opt for natural methods like garlic and elder leaf sprays for pest control and companion planting for naturally healthier plants. Indoors, use chemical-free cleaning agents and odor-repellants to make your home a green haven.

Change Your Windows

If your home has old windows, you are probably losing a lot of energy while cooling and heating. Put a stop to this by changing them to modern, energy-efficient ones. You could also install a UV coating that keeps the sun’s harmful rays out so the indoors stay cool when it’s hot outside.

On average, a window treatment should last between five and seven years, so if this time has passed since you last treated your windows, consider treating them afresh.

Grow Your Own Food

To reduce your trips to the grocery store and dependence on chemical-intensive mass-produced food items, consider growing your own vegetables. Start small, and with easy ones like spinach and other greens, so you can learn while you go and avoid getting overwhelmed.

You could also join your local Community-Supported Agriculture or CSA, which will be great for getting the vegetables you don’t have and disposing of those that you have in excess. This will help the whole community go green and live very sustainably.

Recycle and Reuse

You can play a role in keeping some things from getting to the ever-growing landfills by recycling and reusing whenever you can. A report done in 2016 projected that the market for MWF or metalworking fluids will have a value of $9.76 billion by 2020. This shows that metalworking is a large industry that’s in constant growth thanks to high demand.

To help save the new metal being worked on, you can reuse and recycle any metallic items you have in your home. For instance, use that old, broken bicycle as a piece of garden décor instead of throwing it away. Find ways of putting to work the things you already have instead of getting new ones, and recycle what you can’t use for a greener home.

While going green may sound like a very involved project, it can be broken down into simple steps. Make a small change every other day or so, and over time, you will be surprised at how green you will have made your home!

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