How to Become a More Sustainable Household

Last Updated on June 25, 2021 by Kimberly Crawford

Although most people want to make the necessary changes to their lifestyle to help protect the planet, the problem is that the majority don’t know where to begin. Does it really make a difference if you switch to a reusable coffee cup, or do you need to think big and invest in a renewable energy source for your home, such as solar panels? 

The truth is somewhere in between. Of course, any change, however small, will help the environment but, if you truly want to become a more sustainable household, you do need to think of the bigger picture. 

From switching your heating source to recycling your clothes to using eco-friendly cleaning products, keep reading to discover how you can become a more sustainable household one step at a time. 

Consider investing in a renewable energy source

solar panel

Most households are on a grid that provides energy from non-sustainable sources such as gas or oil. However, there are better ways to power your home, including solar panels that use the sun as an energy source.

This photovoltaic system uses the sun’s natural energy and converts it in a way that is much more environmentally friendly than energy that has been derived from the burning of fossil fuels. 

Embrace recycling 

Although many households have a recycling system in place for their rubbish, there are lots more items that you can recycle, such as old clothing, books, batteries, and even e-waste. 

For example, one great way to recycle old t-shirts is by creating a bespoke memory blanket. Whether your kids have outgrown their favorite tees, your husband has a huge collection of rock t-shirts gathering dust, or you are an avid marathon runner with too many race t-shirts to count, a t-shirt blanket company can transform these into long-lasting keepsakes that will be treasured for many years to come. 

Choose eco-friendly cleaning products 

You may not think about all the nasty chemicals in your cleaning products, but they are definitely in there, causing harm to not only the environment but also your health. The most common culprits to look out for include detergents, preservatives, and foaming agents, all of which have the most detrimental effect on the planet. 

Instead, opt for eco-friendly cleaning products or, better still, make your own natural cleaning supplies using ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards, such as white vinegar and lemon juice. 

Switch heating sources

As well as powering your home, it can be highly beneficial to also find more sustainable ways to heat it. From the use of heat pumps that have a lower energy consumption and eliminate the need for gas pipes and oil tanks to solar thermal panels that harness the power of the sun, switching heating sources can save you money. It is also better for the environment. 

Other tops tips:

  • Use a recyclable, eco-friendly water bottle
  • Recycle wrapping paper for gifts 
  • Stop using single-use plastic straws 
  • Carshare 
  • Eat less meat
  • Be mindful when printing paper 
  • Switch to energy-efficient LED bulbs