6 Easy Steps To A Greener, More Eco Friendly Home

Your home is a fairly accurate reflection of your personality. So we could probably assume that you’re a bit of a scatterbrain if your house is fairly untidy.

But if you’re dedicated to making the world a greener and cleaner place, you’d probably consider making some eco-friendly updates to your modular home. They don’t even have to be big drastic changes that would blow a hole through your bank account. In fact, most environmentally friendly sustainable house updates are extremely low-cost.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some eco friendly home improvement updates you might want to consider:

Low-flow toilets

A small upgrade in the way your toilet works can put a plug on money that goes down the drain. Some models can save almost 50,000 litres of water each year!

Take away the tank

Tankless water heaters give you all the hot water you need while also reducing the amount of energy needed to heat your water. With these heaters, the water is heated only when you need it, thus saving up to 80% on energy costs.

Get solar control window films

These window films are sheets that go over the glass on your windows. Their main purpose is to block the UV rays that fade curtains, furniture and carpets, while also reducing the heat that goes into your prefab home. Just imagine how much you can save on air conditioning in the summer!

Use your ceiling fan all year-round

Ceiling fans are not only a decorative touch to your living room, but they also serve a valuable purpose. During the winter, these fans can push down the hot air that gathers near the ceilings. This would considerably reduce the need to use electric heaters to keep your guests warm.

Recycle, upcycle or repurpose

Spring-cleaning often leaves you with a lot of seemingly useless stuff to throw away. But with a bit of ingenuity and elbow grease, you can turn them into something useful. For example, an old shelf may just need a bit of sanding and a paint job to look brand new. Ragged old clothes can be turned into cleaning rags. For other items that are still salvageable, you can donate them to charity or to friends in need.

Buy green

Green materials are those that are sustainably harvested and require little energy to produce. These environmentally preferred products have been recycled from a host of other things like glass, plastic, fiberglass and paper. They are then turned into regular furniture, household items or even parts of the house. Consider these items when your prefab house needs repairs or new furniture.

Turning your modular home into a sustainable house may seem like a tiny step towards saving the earth, but when you consider the amount of water and electricity you can save by making a switch to greener options, that’s already a big difference in your neighborhood. Combine this with being more aware of your buying habits and recycling habits, and you’re already setting a great example for your community.