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Simple Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Home in Florida

for Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Beyond

Jun 20, 2016

We all have a carbon footprint we want to make smaller and in turn contribute to a happy and healthy environment, but having enough time to make all these efforts always seems to get in the way. What you may not realize is that even some of the smallest eco-friendly actions can make a huge difference. Not only does saving energy improve your energy costs and home insurance rates, but you can easily fit these daily actions into your everyday schedule.

Utilize Natural Resources

Living in Florida you are blessed with an abundance of one of our greatest natural resources, sunshine! There are multiple, small changes that you can make in your home to increase the level of eco-friendliness and this requires little effort. Here are some eco-fun facts for you to take a look at:

  • Open the curtains –  and let the sunshine act as natural heating and lighting for your home. You will not have to turn up the thermostat or turn on that reading lamp. Go sit by the window to read while soaking up some Vitamin D.

  • Grow some sun-loving house plants. Florida’s abundance of sun and humidity is perfect for growing. Plant some succulents in a sunny window, or let a fern thrive in the natural humidity. Plants purify and improve the air quality of your home by absorbing harmful pollutants and pumping your home with life-giving oxygen. Which ever plant you may choose, each will be very beneficial to your eco-friendly home.

  • Open the Windows -  Open the windows and let in some fresh air on that beautiful and sunny day.  Fresh air can combat stuffy mold and push out stagnant odors in your home.

Conserve Energy Resources

A common misconception of going green is that it is all about doing more, but one of the biggest components of being eco-friendly is actually using and doing less. Some of the smallest changes in your home can become big results in making your home eco-friendly. Let’s look at some of those changes:

  • Manage your Thermostat - Turning down your thermostat by 1 or 2 degrees in the cold months and turning it up 1 or 2 degrees in the warm months can save you energy by preventing your heating/cooling from working overtime.

  • Use less electricity - Unplug all appliances when you are not using them to conserve energy.  Running your appliances less also saves you energy. For example,  only run the dishwasher or laundry appliances with a completely full load.

  • Leak Proof - Caulk, seal, plug, repair or do whatever is necessary to stop all leaks in your home. You’ll save water by repairing that faucet drip, and you’ll conserve cooling in your home by preventing it from leaking outside. Take a few small steps to repair leaks and watch your utility bill decrease!

  • Water wisely - Only water your lawn in early morning or late evening, when the air is cool this causes the water to evaporate much slower.

  • Compost - Do your part to reduce landfill waste by throwing those eggshells and coffee grounds in a compost pile rather than in the trash. When mixed with yard trimmings, you’ve created your own natural fertilizer!

Ditch Harsh Chemicals

Part of our everyday routine is to wipe off the kitchen counters or wipe up spots in the bathroom. Replacing some of your harsh chemicals with more natural cleaners will contribute to a healthy environment and safe air quality for you and your family. Here are some natural replacements for your home:

  • Use Natural Scents - Replace aerosol cans and synthetic fragrances with 100% essential oils.

  • Clean Naturally - There are plenty non-toxic and biodegradable cleaning options you can purchase at your local market, but you can also make your own with ingredients you already have at home.. Baking soda and vinegar are all natural, all-purpose cleaners, and tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant. You can even skip cleaning with any products by using   a damp microfiber cloth designed to grab all dust and dander particles in a single wipe. This eco- friendly replacement is an easy way to contribute to a healthy environment for your home, and the microfiber cloth can be easily washed and reused.

Home Replacements If you’ve taken all of these steps, but still know it is time to make a few eco-friendly purchases for your home, consider these home replacements first:

  • Thermostat - Consider installing an electric thermostat which you can set the program to run cooler at night while you or your  family are  sleeping. It will warm up just before everyone gets up, and doesn’t waste effort overly heating or cooling during the day while everyone is at work or school.

  • Windows - Your windows could be a huge culprit of waste. Energy-efficient windows have better insulation and keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Things like energy-efficient windows and roof shingles could also help your home insurance rates.

Remember that taking small actions can lead to bigger results when becoming eco-friendly. Taking this action not only provides a safer household for you and your family, but also helps the environment by reducing extra landfill waste, etc. To learn more about how eco-friendly options can improve your home insurance rates, consult with. Bradenton Insurance in your local Lakewood Ranch area today!

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