Going green and eco-friendly is easier and cheaper than you think, and what better place to start than your home? Not only will you be building a better environment for the future, but many green initiatives and eco-friendly changes will also save you money in the long run.
Here are some quick and easy ways to start!
1. Replace Your Water Works
You might be cutting back on water use, but the built-in features and fixtures might be inefficient and wasteful. Often, standard and outdated plumbing and fixtures use an unnecessary amount of water, driving up your water bills in the process. Consider changing your faucets, showerheads, toilets, and tubs for more efficient ones. There are many eco-friendly and water efficient features available on the market, but you can always consult a professional plumber for the right product for your home and needs!
2. Swap Out The Light Bulbs
Besides switching off electricity when you’re not using a room, you could also swap out incandescent bulbs for LED lights. LED light bulbs and fixtures give off better, more natural and customizable lighting on top of being more energy-efficient. This will help you save the environment – and your wallet – as well!
3. Go Solar
Go even greener by installing solar panels for your home. Malaysia’s tropical climate means you often get steady sunlight, ready for harvesting and converting into electricity for your home. You can reliably power your lighting and water heating for everyday use with solar panels, which helps you with your energy bill as well. Additionally, solar panels and installation are also getting more accessible and affordable in Malaysia, making it a more reasonable option when thinking of going green.
4. Reach For Rainwater
Malaysia’s heavy and steady rains also mean you can harvest rainwater for your outdoor use, saving on your water bill and saving the environment as well!
Many modern houses in Malaysia are equipped with rainwater catchment systems, but you can use a homemade water butt to collect water as well. Even if you’re a little iffy on drinking and cooking with rainwater, they’re very useful for outdoor use – from washing your car to watering your houseplants.
5. Paint Naturally
A lot of regular house paint are made with chemicals that give out volatile organic compounds (VOC). While generally safe, a buildup of these compounds can be harmful to your health and to the environment.
So for your next home renovation project, consider choosing paint varieties that have zero-VOC or are VOC-free. They might come with a slightly higher price tag – but it’s often a good price to pay for a healthier home and environment!
Recycling for a greener future has been around for a while, but it’s still a good step to take for a more eco-friendly home. Most housing districts in Malaysia even have their own recycling initiatives and incentives, from providing bins for recyclables to tax breaks on their power bill. Besides, it’ll also make you more conscious of your waste generation and expenditure too!
7. Use Natural Cleaners
Like paint, commercial cleaning products are made with harsh and often harmful chemicals that could pollute the air and contaminate the environment. So when cleaning your home, opt for gentler, eco-friendly chemicals that do not have a lot of harsh, polluting ingredients.
You can also opt for green hygiene products that do not have microbeads. Additionally, consider making your own home-made cleaners with natural chemicals such as white vinegar, lemons, and baking soda.
8. Go Green
A great way to freshen your home and help the environment is to plant more greenery. Indoor potted plants, for example, are a great way to purify and freshen indoor air, so you don’t need to constantly rely on chemical purifiers! Plus, they look great and are good mood improver as well!
Going green but not sure where to start? Perhaps a great, green-conscious interior designer can help you with that! Get in touch with a professional interior designer on Gawin today!