If you’re looking for a Denham Springs home that supports sustainable living, you’re not alone. Due to the fact environmental awareness is at an all-time high, it is causing a lot of people to seek new ways to preserve resources, reuse materials, and change consumption habits. Not only do these sustainable habits have a positive impact on the environment, but it also impacts individual consumption practices. This is why they are gaining traction around the world. Here are ten ideas that you can use to get started as a renter so that you can have a more sustainable lifestyle.
1. Avoid single-use items
It sounds easy, but refraining from single-use items can be a challenge. A few examples of items that are made to be used once and then thrown away would be plastic straws, paper towels, plastic cutlery, and so on. If you’re just starting, a great thing to do first is to trim down the amount of these products you use.
2. Opt-out of plastic bags
Plastic shopping bags are another single-use item that are filling up landfills and oceans. While recycling your plastic bags is can be a great start, try also opting out of plastic altogether through the use of reusable shopping bags.
3. Reuse and recycle
A lot of the products we buy come in containers that could be put to further use or recycled. To provide you with examples, you can opt to repurpose glass jars, boxes, and other items to become amazing home décor. And items like cardboard, wood, aluminum, and glass can usually be recycled. These are all great hacks to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
4. Only buy what you need
On top of reusing and recycling whenever you can, also consider reducing 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 simplify your life while making it more sustainable.
5. Make your own cleaning products
Because a lot of cleaning products are not recyclable or biodegradable, it can be a waste of resources. Consider producing your cleaning products to avoid having waste (and harsh chemicals, to boot). Most items in your home can be cleaned successfully with simple ingredients and a soft rag.
6. Bring the outdoors in
Turn to beautiful greenery to brighten and freshen any room. Houseplants not only aid in freshening indoor air, but they also provide natural beauty to your home.
7. Utilize natural light
Another great way to get sustainable, renewable energy sources is to allow more natural light into your home. If possible, turn off electric lights and open your blinds and shades to provide light to your home. You can save energy while getting a mood boost from the sunlight.
8. Cut down on energy use
Besides turning off lights that are not being used, also consider unplugging electrical appliances when they are not being used. Televisions, game systems, lamps, and other appliances still use electricity even when they are in sleep mode or turned off. By unplugging them, you can reduce your energy use as a whole and save a bit on your utility bills, too.
9. Adjust your thermostat
Maintaining a consistent temperature indoors is a sustainable approach to heating and cooling your home. You may think you can save money by only using the furnace or air conditioner when you’re home, but trying to rapidly heat or cool a house can use up a lot of energy and put a strain on your HVAC system. And so you can 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 may become more efficient and energy-conscious in the long run.
10. Conserve water
Along with conserving energy, there are a lot of things you can do to save water, too. Turning off the taps while brushing your teeth, soaping up in the shower, or washing dishes are some things you should try to do. You should be utilizing water-conserving appliances whenever possible, and capture and reuse water whenever you can.
Being a renter doesn’t mean you can’t live a sustainable life. But the rental house you are in can either make it easier or harder to have the sustainability you want. If you’re ready for a rental home that will better support the lifestyle you want, reach out to Real Property Management Baton Rouge or check out our listings online.
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