Tips to Make Your Home Environmentally Friendly
At HHHunt, we believe it’s how you live that matters, and throughout our 55-year history, our company has committed to strong environmental stewardship. Since April is Keep America Beautiful Month, we want to take this opportunity to share some ways to improve our homes. Here are our top tips for making your home environmentally friendly:
Switch to LED Bulbs
It took a little while, but LED bulbs now come in all shapes and sizes. While a bit more expensive, LED bulbs often last ten years or longer and use a lot less energy. You will recognize significant savings on your electricity bill.
Use Rags Instead of Paper Towels
It is so easy to grab a paper towel when cleaning up a spill, but did you know that paper towels are a significant contributor to landfills? Consider using a washable rag when cleaning, which saves money and helps the environment.
Program Your Smart Thermostat
Surveys show that upwards of 50 percent of U.S. citizens don’t ever take the time to program their smart thermostat. When you program your smart thermostat, be sure to set the right temperature during the day and night. When you’re not at home, you can turn the temperature down by at least ten degrees.
Grow an Indoor Garden
Leafy green plants like spider plants and ferns act as natural air filters in your home. Consider adding plants to every room or growing an indoor garden. It will look great and improve the air quality in your home. Check out this video to learn how to grow kitchen herbs indoors!
Clean All Your Filters Regularly
You should replace HVAC filters every six months, and make sure you clean out other filters like your dryer filter regularly. Eliminating dust and lint build-up will ensure your systems and appliances are running smoothly. Click here for a quick video on how to change your air filter.
Plant an Edible Garden
We are fortunate in North Carolina and Virginia to have great soils and a climate conducive to growing vegetables, herbs, and fruits. By planting a garden and eating your own home-grown fruits and vegetables, you are reducing carbon emissions and helping your family stay healthy.
Composting has become more popular over the past several years as people see how it can enrich the soil. Composting is easy, and you can purchase all the supplies at the local hardware store. Rather than throw away all your organic waste, drop it in your composter, and use the mix in your garden to grow amazing plants.
This April, we hope that you will consider using some or all of these tips to make your home more environmentally friendly. We are proud to be a leader in sustainability by providing green features and using the best environmental practices in our communities in Richmond, VA and Raleigh, NC. Visit our communities and discover all the green features and amenities you can enjoy.