You’re not alone if you want to create a home that supports sustainable living. Due to the fact environmental awareness is at an all-time high, it is urging many people to change consumption habits. They are now interested in finding new ways to preserve resources and reuse materials. Beyond their positive impact on the environment, these sustainable habits also impact individual consumption practices. This is why they are causing a worldwide stir. Here are ten ideas that you can consider using as a renter to get you started on creating a more sustainable lifestyle.
1. Avoid single-use items
It seems easy, but not using single-use items may be more difficult than you think. Some examples of materials made to be used once and then thrown away would be plastic straws, paper towels, plastic cutlery, and so on. Trimming down the amount of these products you use can be a great first step if you’re starting out.
2. Opt-out of plastic bags
Plastic shopping bags are another single-use item that is filling up landfills and oceans. While recycling your plastic bags is can be a good start, one should consider opting out of plastic altogether. This can be achieved through the use of reusable shopping bags.
3. Reuse and recycle
Many products we purchase come in containers that could be put to further use or recycled. To provide you examples, you can repurpose glass jars, boxes, and other items to become beautiful home décor. And things like cardboard, wood, aluminum, and glass can usually be recycled. These are all great means to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
4. Only buy what you need
Aside from reusing and recycling when you can, you should also reduce the number of items you buy or opt for bulk items with less packaging. If you only get what you need and try to select containers that take up less space, you can simplify your life while making it more sustainable.
5. Make your own cleaning products
Many cleaning products are not recyclable or biodegradable, so buying them can be a waste. Consider developing your cleaning products to avoid having waste (and harsh chemicals, to boot). Many things in your home can be cleaned properly with simple ingredients and a soft rag.
6. Bring the outdoors in
Turn to lovely greenery to brighten and freshen any room. Houseplants not only aid in purifying indoor air, but they also contribute natural beauty to your home.
7. Utilize natural light
A good way to get sustainable, renewable energy sources is to allow more natural light into your home. When you can, turn off electric lights and open your blinds and shades to light up your home. You can save energy while having a mood boost from the sunlight.
8. Cut down on energy use
Besides turning off lights that are not being used, make sure to also unplugging electrical appliances when they are not being used. Televisions, game systems, lamps, and other appliances still consume electricity even when they are in sleep mode or turned off. By unplugging them, you could reduce your energy use while saving a bit on your utility bills, too.
9. Adjust your thermostat
A consistent indoor temperature is a sustainable approach to heating and cooling your home. If you think you can save money by only using the furnace or air conditioner when you’re home, you’re actually putting strain on your HVAC system if you rapidly heat or cool a house as it can use up a lot of energy. So instead, try setting your thermostat maybe one or two degrees warmer in the summer or a bit cooler in winter, and leave it there. This is a lot more efficient and energy-conscious in the long run.
10. Conserve water
Along with conserving energy, one should also think of ways to save water. Turning off the taps while brushing your teeth, soaping up in the shower, or washing dishes are some things you should make sure to do. You should use water-conserving appliances whenever possible and capture and reuse water whenever possible.
Being a renter doesn’t mean you can’t live a sustainable life. But the rental house you are in can make it easier or harder to meet your desired sustainability. If you’re ready for a rental home that will better support your desired lifestyle, reach out to Real Property Management Executives Greater Atlanta or check out our listings online.
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