5 Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Smart thermostat installed on a wall just outside the bathroom
Smart thermostats can save you, on average, up to $180 per year on heating and cooling. (DepositPhotos)

4. Upgrade Your Appliances

Want to really maximize energy-efficiency? Consider new heating and cooling systems, appliances and lighting.

If you have properly insulated the interior, you can simply add a smart thermostat to control climate throughout your home.

As far as appliances go, it might seem like a big investment at first, but upgrading to energy-efficient models would be a wise long-term decision. Choose smart models that you can control with your smartphone to optimize energy consumption.

Lastly, invest in LED lighting or smart lighting to place lights on timers, control output and minimize energy consumption, especially when a room is not in use.

Toilet with dual-flush button on the tank cover
Upgrading to a dual-flush toilet can save the equivalent of more than half a traditional toilet’s water consumption. (DepositPhotos)

5. Optimize Water Consumption

Finally, be sure to minimize water consumption in the bathroom and kitchen. Simply install faucet aerators, replace your regular showerhead with a low-flow one, and replace your toilet with a low-flow one, or retrofit it to become a dual-flush unit.

Consider investing in a smart dishwasher as well and embrace some healthier habits by taking shorter showers and closing the taps if you’re not using them (when soaping the dishes, or lathering your hands, for example).

Healthy and sustainable living go hand in hand, as there are some great improvements that will make your home a healthier place.

This is not only important if you’re looking to lead a healthier lifestyle, but also if you want to help preserve the environment.

How do you promote green living at home? Share your tips in the comments!

Mike Johnston is a freelance writer who writes about home improvement, interior design, family life and green living.


  1. Very nice ideas, and the aricle is well explained. I think for the bath or as decorative linens eco friendly and long lasting Turkish towels can be used also.


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