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Green Home – Steps to have a sustainable home

In your home, what do you do for the health of the planet? If you think that having a greener home is a complicated task and requires a lot of investment, it’s time to review your concepts.

From our personal initiative and with small changes in our daily lives, we managed to have a more sustainable home, optimizing natural resources.The following are some practices that can be easily adopted to have a sustainable home:

1) Lower consumption lamps

LED lamps cost a little more, but use up to 80% less energy, which in the long run represents significant savings for your pocket.

2) Prefer low energy electrical appliances

When buying an appliance, choose the energy class A ++ or A +++, which consume up to 70% less energy compared to the class A. This saves you over time.

3) Optimize the use of the dishwasher and washing machine

Instead of washing only one piece of clothing in the machine, accumulate several pieces, to wash at once, saving water and energy. The same is true for dishwashers, which when used full, in just one month can help you save up to 400 liters of water. The same tip is valid when ironing. Accumulate several pieces to pass at once.

4) Reuse the water in the washing machine

The water discharged by the machine during washing can be used to wash the balcony or the yard. If you live in an apartment and do not have these rooms in your home, you can reuse it to wash carpets, floor cloths and even flush the toilet using a bucket of water.

5) Make better use of natural resources

If you can have a house with a sunroof, great. But if you can’t, make the most of natural resources like the sun and the wind. Turn off room lights during the day and make the most of sunlight. You can enjoy and lay out towels in this sun to warm them up. Another tip is to paint the walls of the house in light colors that offer light. Open the windows to ventilate the house, especially on hot days when you would use the fan. It sounds very simple, but in the long run it saves you money.

6) Have good insulation in your home

For cold days, avoid using heating or air conditioning. For this, in addition to closing the windows, prevent the cold from entering, sealing with their own masses, installing double glazing, awnings, blinds or other resources. So you save energy, save resources, your pocket and the planet are grateful.

7) Never leave unused electrical appliances plugged in

Stand by mode is a villain of energy expenditure that goes unnoticed. We often leave the Wi-Fi router, TV, filter, microwave and other electronic devices plugged in. In addition to consuming energy, the stand by mode shortens the useful life of electronics. So you know, when you go to sleep, work or even travel, unplug whatever is possible from the outlet. Some refrigerators have vacation mode to consume less energy.

8) Make your cleaning products sustainable
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic substances present in cleaning products. Not all compounds are dangerous to human health, but it is important to be aware. The good thing is that you can save money and stop worrying about VOCs when using products like vinegar, baking soda and lemon to make homemade mixes and leave your home clean, without harming the environment and your health.

9) Reuse whenever you can
There are so many products that would be discarded but that can be reused and transformed into new objects. Think of coffee capsules, bottle caps, corks, tires, bottles or canned goods. See some ideas on the Internet of what you can reuse, be it in your child’s school work, or in objects for home and reuse. How about a base made with cork stoppers?

10) Make a home flavored air freshener
Make your home more fragrant and more pleasant with natural air fresheners. To save money, you can do it with the essence of your preference.

11) Always have plants at home
Plants, in addition to decorating the house, are energy filters according to Feng Shui and also improve air quality. Choose one suitable for your home and always have it at home.

12) Every hour is time to save

While soaping dishes or brushing your teeth, turn off the tap. Try to take a quick shower and leave to relax outside the shower. Remember that the health of the planet also depends on you.

13) You are responsible for your garbage

Despite the law that determined the end of landfills, Brazil now has almost 3,000 landfills or irregular landfills that impact the quality of life of 77 million Brazilians, according to an unprecedented survey by Abrelpe, the Brazilian Association of Public Cleaning Companies. How can you contribute to reducing this statistic? Taking care of your garbage.

All waste can have an end, which has less impact on the planet than being disposed of in a landfill. Always separate recyclable and organic waste. If there is no separate collection in your area, dispose of it at a recycled waste collection site or even take it to a cooperative closer to you. Organic waste can become fertilizer. Batteries, for example, can be disposed of in suitable places that receive this type of material.

14) Transform organic waste into compost

One way to reduce the amount of waste in landfills, enrich the soil and make your plants more beautiful is very simple: you just need to transform your organic waste into fertilizer. For this, you can make your own composter or buy it in the size you prefer.

In it you will dispose of organic waste such as scraps and peels of fruits and vegetables, tea bags, coffee powder with paper strainer, newspaper, cardboard, among others. Even the leachate from decomposed organic matter, when diluted with water, can also be reused to fertilize the soil.

15) Transform used cooking oil into soap

To avoid contamination of water from springs and clog the sink, you cannot dispose of used cooking oil in the sink. The ideal is to store it in a container and take it to a place that receives this type of material or reuse it to make homemade soap. Click here and check out how to do it.

16) Have a vertical garden

Both at home and in the apartment, vertical gardens are a good option for growing medicinal plants, spices and organic vegetables, always at hand, providing a healthy diet, better quality of life and economy.

17) Take fruits and food in washable containers

It seems little, but have you ever wondered if every day you take a washed fruit home and wrapped it in a napkin or foil? You can avoid spending this material, which goes to the trash wherever you are, by packing fruits and other food in washable pots or resistant plastic bags that can be washed and reused later.

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