In Honor of Earth Day: Eco-Friendly Homes & Living a ‘Green’ Lifestyle

April 16, 2019

Earth Day this year is Monday, April 22, 2019. It is our responsibility to live sustainably, and to support mother nature to the best of our abilities. We celebrate the beauty of our planet on this day every year, but to keep our planet beautiful, we have to ensure we’re doing everything we can. There are steps every homeowner can take to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

The Earth is what we all have in common.

Living a green lifestyle can be simple. You can implement environmentally-friendly elements into your home, and they don’t always have to be expensive. Read through this blog to learn how to live in an eco-friendly home and lead a green lifestyle.


Leading a Green Lifestyle Starts at Homehanging plants and reusing materials

You won’t get there all at once. In fact, living a green lifestyle can start right in your home, with each aspect of energy in every room.

An Eco-Friendly Kitchen

Start in the kitchen, and assess how you’re utilizing energy. Do you have a dishwasher that has an eco-mode? Would you benefit from smart appliances in the kitchen? Smart appliances allow you to save money on heating, cooling, lighting, washing, and drying. These appliances are great energy savers and you’ll even see this reflected in your energy bill. Beyond appliances, compost all of your waste, and recycle all plastic, metal, cardboard, and other appropriate materials. Drink out of glass or paper straws and reusable water bottles instead of plastic straws and single-use plastic bottles. Try to use fewer paper products around the home, and use containers you can wash and keep on hand for storage, meals on the go, etc. Keep canvas or cloth bags in the kitchen for groceries and on-the-go needs.

The Entire Home

Take a walk through the home and check out your hallways and walk-through areas. How are you lighting these areas? Are you using energy-efficient lightbulbs? You can replace your bulbs, lamps, and fixtures with lights or bulbs that are modern yet still eco-friendly. Be sure windows are closed when you’re not in need of fresh air, lights are off when not in use, and electronics are unplugged.

In the Bathroom bottles to recycle

Try to get in the habit of turning the water off when you’re brushing your teeth. Try to save water as much as possible. Check out your current showerhead, and consider installing a water-saving showerhead. Use a washable hand towel instead of disposable paper towels

No matter the area of the home, you can learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle with everything you do. This means you can use and reuse materials around the home like wood, newspapers, bark, and glass for various uses. You can turn things off when not in use, and you can be generally more aware of conserving and not wasting.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Reducing our carbon footprint is a large responsibility for all of us. Homeowners are constantly thinking of ways they can go green, and live healthy lifestyles all around. This starts within the elements of our homes, our general habits, and our daily routines.

If you’re considering energy-efficient windows, we can help with product choice and installation. If you’re looking to improve your insulation and conserve heating/cooling, Carl Thomsen General Contractor is here to help. If you’re looking to install new smart appliances to conserve energy, we’ve got you covered. Carl Thomsen General Contractor is here to support your green lifestyle, and we can help you with the necessary home improvements every step of the way. Reach out to us at (978) 890-7444.


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