There’s no better time to refresh your home than spring, the season of renewal. But with the need and desire to make more sustainable choices, it’s challenging to figure out the best ways to do this without causing unnecessary damage.
Whether you’re doing a major renovation or some minor home improvements, there are always ways you can be more environmentally conscious in your decisions.
How to Refresh Your Home in a Sustainable Way
We’re sharing some of the best ways you can make sustainable upgrades to your house, so you can freshen things up and sleep easy knowing you’re making moral decisions for the environment.
Energy Efficient Appliances
When you’re choosing a real estate agent, they’ll tell you that energy-efficient appliances are coveted features in a home. Appliances use a lot of energy, so upgrading old appliances to energy-efficient versions can help reduce greenhouse emissions and make your home more sustainable. The Energy Star label, in particular, means an appliance is using between five and 10 percent less energy than models that aren’t energy efficient. Best bets for upgrades are air conditioners, dishwashers, and washers.
Lighting can have a significant impact on how your home looks and feels. Install dimmer switches to change up the ambiance, but also to have better control over the amount of light than just ‘on’ and ‘off.’ Dimmers don’t just lower the intensity of the light; they also reduce the flow of electricity to the lightbulb, increasing the lifespan and preventing energy waste.
Another great lighting option is using LED light bulbs. They last much longer, creating less waste and providing up to 10,000 hours of light. They use a whopping 90 percent less energy than other light bulbs, and they don’t have hazardous materials.
Plants aren’t just the latest home decor trend; they also have many benefits. They not only provide a pop of color and a splash of life, but they also freshen the air.
Plants have air-purifying properties, meaning they don’t just make your house look better. They also clean the air you breathe, making both you and your home healthier.
Smart thermostats run circles around old programmable thermostats and even older versions that you can’t program. Many smart thermostats on the market have energy-saving settings that will prompt you to make more energy-efficient choices. Others allow you to change the temperature from an app on your phone, so if you forgot to turn the heat off before you rushed out of the house, you could correct it the moment you remember, rather than just having to leave it on in an empty house all day.
No matter what project you take on around the house, there are always more sustainable choices to make. Prioritize minimizing waste and reducing energy consumption, and you’ll have a home you love and can be proud of.