Environmentalism has become more than just a fancy word to be thrown around over coffee or at a Sunday night dinner party to impress friends and family; it has become a way of life and a strategy to create a future for our children.
The Earth is in dire need of a miracle, as the global warming crisis becomes ever so alarming, the world is rapidly depleting in its water and energy supplies, leading humanity into a dark tunnel with no sight of light in the distance.
Fortunately, there is a way to avoid a catastrophe. You can aid the cause of environmentalism and contribute to the preservation of the planet by introducing some simple eco-friendly solutions into your home.
Here’s why greening up your bathroom is good for your health, the health of mother Earth and easy on your wallet.
Your bathroom is one of the most cost-inefficient areas of your home, and along with the kitchen, it consumes the biggest amount of energy and water on a monthly basis. You can significantly decrease the upkeep costs and wastefulness of your bathroom by making some simple adjustments.
However, if your bathroom is too time-worn and in need of substantial repairs, it’s best to consider professional complete bathroom renovations, in order to fix all leakages and introduce contemporary solutions that will allow for considerable financial savings.
You can start your in-home green initiative by installing a low-flow toilet. Believe it or not, toilets consume more than 27% of water in your home, which is substantially more than any other household appliance. By replacing your old toilet with a low-flow model, you will be significantly decreasing your water consumption – more than 5.5 gallons on a weekly basis.
Next, you should install a low-flow showerhead, which will allow you to consume less water yet enjoy the same water pressure level. A typical showerhead consumes anywhere from 5 to 8 gallons of water per minute, while a low-flow piece will decrease that consumption rate to 2.5 gallons or less.
The second biggest eco-friendly change you can introduce is energy efficiency. You can easily and substantially decrease your energy consumption by replacing your traditional light bulbs with LED lighting.
Incandescent light bulbs vastly used in the 20th century waste 90% of energy on heat, while only 10% is used for illumination. Conversely, LED light bulbs not only have a lifespan of 7 years or more, but they also use 90% of energy to cast light while only 10% is wasted on heat.
Next, you want to set your washing machine on eco mode, allowing it to consume less energy and water, and rather than using the dryer, you can switch to air-drying your laundry for added energy preservation and financial savings.
Use natural products
Finally, you can decrease the impact harmful chemicals have on your health and the environment by using natural cleaning materials and switching out your bath products with more sustainable solutions free of petrochemicals and parabens.
By supporting small businesses and buying organic bath products with ingredients obtained from trusted sources, you are not only helping the environmental cause, but you are safeguarding your long-term health as well.
Secondly, you should throw away all hazardous cleaning products from your bathroom and substitute them with eco-friendly solutions. Luckily, these are extremely easy to make, they include only natural materials, and they work just as well as your toughest industrial cleaners.
Simply mix lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar in a bucket of warm water and you have yourself a powerful, completely natural cleaning product that smells great and is kind to the eco-system.
Becoming eco-friendly is not a challenging task; rather it is a fun and rewarding transition towards a happier and healthier lifestyle. By following these cost-effective solutions, you can easily decrease your expenses, preserve the environment, and instill positive values in your family members along with promoting long-term health and well-being.
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