How to Turn Your Home Into an Eco-Friendly Haven Post-Divorce

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If you’re trying to settle into your life after a divorce, one of the best ways to improve your mental space is improving your environment. You can go a step further and make it an eco-friendly haven. If you would like to learn how to transform your home, look at the six tips below.

Buy Fewer New Items

To avoid contributing to the dreaded ever-growing landfill, buy fewer things. Before making any purchase, think about whether you really need it. If you do, think about getting a pre-loved version of it, which will not only cost you less but will also be better for the environment.

With a divorce taking place roughly every 36 seconds, there will be many people at any given time looking to dispose of items that you may need as they try to refresh their own lives. Take advantage of this fact to avoid buying new items as much as you can.

Use Renewable Energy

The energy you use in your house may leave a carbon footprint that you would not be proud of. To make sure you’re playing your role in keeping the environment green, find ways of using renewable energy. This may involve setting up a solar power system for your home and changing the light bulbs to those that consume less energy. In the end, you will find that you are able to save money while also playing your part in keeping the environment green.

Recycle and Reuse

This may be the most popular advice given to people who want to live eco-friendly lives, but it’s not always adhered to. Be intentional about recycling by changing your habits for the better. This includes not throwing out old clothes but donating them if they’re in good shape or converting them into rugs or other things for your home if they’re not.

You should also make sure to dispose of your waste responsibly, finding the right public recycling bins for different types of garbage rather than lumping everything up together. In Kansas, people are given a mandatory waiting period of 60 days after filing for divorce. During this period, you may agree to dispose of common items that neither of you wants to keep in an environmentally friendly way, recycling whatever is recyclable.

Conserve Water

To ensure you are eco-friendly, you need to use less water in your household. This means upgrading to a more efficient washing machine that uses both water and energy better, for one. Another thing you could do is watering your lawn early in the morning and late in the afternoon when the water is less likely to evaporate so that your lawn thrives on less water. Also, take shorter showers, and reuse water whenever possible.

Make Your Own Cleaners

Most store-bought soaps and detergents are loaded with chemicals that only degrade the environment. To do your part in creating an eco-haven, start making your own home cleaners. You can use Castille soap for bathing and make organic stain removers by using vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice in place of bleach and disinfectants.

Obtain a Home Inspection

Finally, get a home inspection done, and if you’re thinking of home improvements, consider giving your home a fresh coat of paint. Go with a bright color if you live in warm areas to help with temperature regulation indoors. This will be a plus if your home was built between 1969 and 1977, as there is a 24% chance it was originally painted with lead-based paint. You can transform your older home so it is safer and more eco-friendly.

After a divorce, it’s important to give your life a positive upgrade. While doing this, play your role in saving the environment by going green as you make upgrades to your home. You will find yourself happy and fulfilled in the end!

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