Small Improvements to Make Your Home Sustainable

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Home sustainability is a multifaceted approach to not only lower your monthly expenses but to lessen your own impact on the environment both in your community and across the entire world. Energy savings, recycling of used materials, smart use of yard space, and simple frugal living all combine together to help you meet your current needs without having a negative impact on the needs of those in the future who will come after. It’s a worthy goal, but you’ll need some tips to reach it.

Composting. The first and most basic start to any self-sustaining lifestyle is to start  your own compost heap. With any reasonably sized lawn, you’re already going to have the materials you need to get started. Dead leaves, pulled weeds, and grass clippings are an excellent choice to start your layering. Next, start taking your vegetable scraps, egg shells, old coffee grounds, and fruit peels and start adding them to the pile. All that’s left to do it turn the pile on occasion to expose the different matter to the open air.

Gardening. Once you’ve been composing for a while, you’ll begin to produce your own all organic rich and beautiful soil. Now that you have it, you may ask, now what? Well, the soil is perfect to start your own vegetable garden. Growing your own vegies and herbs not only greatly increases your sustainability, but can put quite a bit more money back into your checkbook. Eventually your compost and garden can create almost a “closed loop” of feeding into each other.

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Landscaping. Your compost heap will in all likelihood provide much more soil than your garden is really going to need. Why no use that high quality soil to get rid of your grass altogether and replace it with more drought-resistance plants? Watering your grass can be expensive in low rainfall areas, and wasteful to boot. There are a huge number of appealing plants that you can use to cover your lawn that use a fraction of the resources.  Planting shade trees around your house will not only increase your curb appeal but eventually help to keep your home cool and lower air conditioning bills.

Reduce. Recycling and reusing are great ways to stretch the life out of any resources available to you. But the best practice you can start to immediately maximize what you already have is to simply reduce. Reduce the disposable products in your life; no more paper plates, cups, or towels. Replace your lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs, and turn them off when you’re not in the room. Installing low flow toilets and showerheads can go a long way to cutting down on water use. And believe it or not, but the new versions out there actually do work just as well as they vastly more wasteful ancestors.

Ultimately it’s up to you. Sustainability is a lifestyle choice, and not always the easiest. But if you’re truly intent on living your life in a more responsible way with an eye on long term impact, the rewards you get can make all the effort worthwhile.

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