If you’re searching for a Magnolia home that supports sustainable living, you’re not alone. Because environmental awareness is at an all-time high, it is making many people change their consumption habits. They are now seeking new ways to preserve resources and reuse materials. More than their positive impact on the environment, these sustainable habits also impact individual consumption practices. This is why they are gaining popularity 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 may not seem like much of a challenge, but refraining from using single-use items can be tricky. A couple of examples of materials that are 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 just starting out.
2. Opt-out of plastic bags
Plastic shopping bags are another single-use item that is congesting 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 give you a picture, you could repurpose glass jars, boxes, and other items to become creative home décor. And items 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
Beyond reusing and recycling whenever you can, you should also reduce the number of items you buy or opt for bulk items with less packaging. If you only buy 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
Because a lot of cleaning products are not recyclable or biodegradable, buying them can be a waste. Consider producing your cleaning products to avoid having waste (and harsh chemicals, to boot). Most items 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 get the chance, turn off electric lights and open your blinds and shades to light up your home. You can save energy while getting a mood boost from the sunlight.
8. Cut down on energy use
Aside from 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 utilize 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
Achieving a consistent temperature indoors 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 can be 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 always 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 your desired lifestyle, reach out to Real Property Management Republic or check out our listings online.
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