If you want to make an Issaquah home that supports sustainable living, you’re not alone. 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 influence individual consumption practices. This is the reason why they gaining popularity all over the world. 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 sounds easy, but refraining from single-use items can be a challenge. Some examples of things that are made to be used once and then thrown away would be plastic straws, paper towels, plastic cutlery, and so on. A great way to kick things off if you’re just starting is to cut down the amount of these products you use.
2. Opt-out of plastic bags
Plastic shopping bags are another single-use item that is clogging up landfills and oceans. While recycling your plastic bags is can be a good start, also try opting out of plastic altogether through the use of reusable shopping bags.
3. Reuse and recycle
There are so many products we buy that 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 good ideas 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 purchase 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 many cleaning products are not recyclable or biodegradable, buying them can be a waste. Consider developing your cleaning products to avoid having waste (and harsh chemicals, to boot). Most items in your home can be cleaned pretty much with simple ingredients and a soft rag.
6. Bring the outdoors in
Turn to attractive greenery to brighten and freshen any room. Houseplants not only aid in freshening indoor air, but they also give natural beauty to your home.
7. Utilize natural light
A 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 at the same time by getting 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 gadgets still use electricity even when they are in sleep mode or turned off. By unplugging them, you could reduce your energy use as a whole while maybe saving 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. While there are some people who think they can save money by only using their furnace or air conditioner when they are home, trying to rapidly heat or cool a house can use up a lot of energy and put a strain on your HVAC system. So how about setting your thermostat maybe one or two degrees warmer in the summer or a bit cooler in winter, and leaving it there? This is far more efficient and energy-conscious in the long run.
10. Conserve water
Besides conserving energy, there are many 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 a few things you should always try to do. You should be using water-conserving appliances whenever possible, and capture and reuse water whenever you get the chance to.
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 meet the sustainability you want. If you’re ready for a rental home that better supports your desired lifestyle, reach out to Real Property Management Eclipse or check out our listings online.
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