17 Things You Can Do at Home For a Greener Home
Going green can be easy
Switch to Solar
Harnessing solar power is one of the ways in homeowners can help reduce the need to use non-renewable energy. Find out how to use solar energy in your home.
Capture Rain with a Rain Barrel
Heat up with Solar
Compile Waste in a Compost Pile
The numbers related to food waste in the U.S. are almost unfathomable. According to a report by the Guardian in 2016, nearly 50 percent of all produce in the U.S. is thrown away. Don’t make that waste more of a problem by throwing it in the trash. Make use out of it by composting.
The soil from composting can be used to grow your own food and further reduce waste. Learn how to compost with a few tips.
Grow Your Food in a Garden
Find out how to start a garden in your home.
Add a Rain Garden
Building a rain garden at your home has a two-fold benefit. One, it protects streams, rivers and lakes from polluted runoff. Two, it can help keep water out of your basement and eliminate muddy puddles in your yard.
It’s recommended to use native grasses for your rain garden and plants with deep roots. It’s also possible to help pollinators with your rain garden by including plants like aster. Goldenrod and milkweed are also viable options. Check with local garden centers to find the best native grasses that are pollinator friendly as well.
Build a rain garden for your home with a few suggestions.
One of the ways to help decrease water pollution at home is to prevent any kind of pollution through stormwater runoff. Prevent water runoff by paying attention to your yard drainage. There are several options to achieve better drainage and limit the impact of water runoff around your home and local waterways. Find out how to build a creek bed as one way to address runoff.
Prop up Pollinators with Plant Selection
Help protect pollinators like butterflies and biodiversity by planting pollinator-friendly plants like milkweed around your home. Learn more about which plants to use to start a pollinator friendly yard.
Cover the Ground with Cover Plants
Build a Birdhouse
Birds are not only pleasant to look at but they can help with reducing bugs in the backyard. Building a birdhouse or a bird bath can attract birds that eat bugs like bluebirds, cardinals and nuthatches.
Find out how to build a birdhouse for your backyard.
Reduce Your Water Usage
Water is being polluted faster than it can be recycled and reused, according to the UN. You want to reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation and there are some effective ways to do so. Check out these 10 ways to save water at home to learn more.
Be Careful What you Flush
Go With Geothermal
Reduce your carbon footprint by switching to geothermal energy to heat your home. Energy accounts for around 60 percent of global greenhouse emissions, according to the UN. Learn the things you need to know about geothermal energy before making the jump.
Eliminate Electricity Costs
Not everything that you scrap needs to land in the landfill. There are ways to get rid of unwanted objects without the pickup fees or the impact on waste facilities. Do your part by turning scrap wood into mulch. Check out create ways to get rid of scrap here.
Clean up with Cleaner Materials
There are some simple homemade remedies to clean things around the house without using conventional cleaning supplies. Make homemade cleaning supplies with some simple ideas.