Homeowners have become more conscious of the importance and benefits of living in a green home. With the amount of pollution and waste that’s produced, it’s vital we do the best we can to minimize the impact from our homes on the environment. Some people believe that making a home more green means it’ll be expensive and time-consuming. While some methods are more costly upfront or can take a while to implement, there are also lots of simpler and more affordable steps you can take to start making a green home. There are many ways you can make your home eco-friendly, but here are just a couple you might want to try out!

Plant a garden and compost

A good way to make your home greener is to literally make it green! If you have a yard, plant a garden and fill it with native flowers and food you like to eat. You’re helping out the environment with more plants while also lowering your food bill. You can even sell or donate extra food. Start composting your scraps as well; it eliminates food waste and provides you with great fertilizer. Also consider planting trees and bushes in your yard to provide shade and help the environment, but make sure they’re native to your area.

Switch out your light bulbs

Some people do not like the tint of the light from eco-friendly bulbs, think they’re too expensive, or dislike that they contain mercury but the benefits outweigh the costs in the long run. You’ll use less energy, which lowers you bill and helps the environment.

Recycle – properly

Lots of people already recycle and if you don’t, it’s time to call your local waste management company and set up recycling collection as well. If you do recycle, make sure you’re doing it properly. That means rinsing out all plastic and glass containers before putting them in the bin and making sure you’re actually sorting different plastics correctly.

Monitor your thermostat

Another great way to help lessen the amount of pollution you contribute to the environment is by monitoring your thermostat. Set it a few degrees warmer or colder in the summer and winter and turn it off when you leave the house. You likely won’t notice a slight difference and you’ll save money on your energy bill!

Buy reusable products

While plastic is incredibly convenient, consider investing in glass containers to hold leftovers. Avoid buying disposable plates and cups for your home. Start using reusable grocery bags at the store and use cloths instead of papers towels. The less you have to throw away, the better!

Get energy-efficient appliances

This change is often a little pricier and might not be for everyone. However, when it comes time to buy a new kind of appliance, consider going with one that is energy-efficient. It might be more expensive than another kind, but you’ll use less energy, which helps the environment and lowers energy costs for you.