Your Starter Guide To Sustainable Living
Why You Should Shift With A Guide To Sustainable Living!
How To Create A Sustainable Home
A Beginner’s Guide To Sustainable Living
Creating A Sustainable Home In Simple Steps
Since the industrial revolution, societies have been driven to consume. The consumerist world exploded. Especially after the world wars and continued to expand to this day. Children are raised to do good in school, get a high paying job and live years of abundance. Material wealth has also always been our standard of success.
Don’t you think it’s time for a change?
There’s also an emerging movement that aims to challenge our perception of a successful life: minimalism. Minimalism for example and to the contrary of popular belief. For it is not a product of the 21st century. It’s in the core of many cultures in Asia.
The Buddhist concept of Zen is a guide to a sustainable life. For it emphasizes on an individual’s consciousness of the self. That’s as well as its relations with nature.
“Zen contends that physical nature and human nature must be sought in an experiential dimension. That’s practically trans-descending,” according to a paper published by Stanford University.
Minimalists are also upholding the Zen principle in various aspects of their life. Moreover and all from their decision-making behaviors. Then also to their lifestyle choices.
Sustainable living: a complete lifestyle shift
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Sustainable living is also a way of life that involves reduced dependence. Especially on natural resources. It also embodies the Zen principles of caring for nature. Finally and ideas of minimalism. To live a sustainable life, you may need to make a significant shift in your mindset.
“It is such a simple principle. However and yet if it is extended to include all living beings (an essential component of sustainability). For it requires a complete shift in how we live our lives. Because we do unto others all day long. So through the clothes we buy and the energy we use. Then finally to the food we eat. Yes folks. even the toothpaste we brush our teeth with. Every choice we make impacts others. All through its creation, its distribution, its use and its disposal,” noted GlobalStewards.org.
Sustainability in your living space can be done in simple ways. If you’re new to the concept, you can start with the easiest steps. Here are some home improvement tips for a sustainable living.
Explore passive design strategies
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Passive architecture is the use of energy-efficient designs like daylighting for example. All to reduce ecological footprints. It includes as stated beige daylighting, natural ventilation, and solar energy.
Daylighting simply means using sunshine to illuminate your space. You can also create external reflection letting sunlight reflect from the flooring of your home. Through wide window sills, and light shelves. Internal reflection can be achieved by allowing natural light to reflect from internal walls. Also the ceiling and high reflectance surfaces. You can also apply light-colored finishes and mount mirrors to reflect light around your home. However, avoid high levels of direct sunlight. Those that can cause glare and increase the need for cooling.
Passive cooling strategies involve energy-efficient designs to control heat gain in spaces. These designs include ventilation, windows insulation, and shading. Remember that the cooling strategies you can apply in your home are determined by your climate. If you live in a tropical region, you may need year-round shading.
Create indoor green spaces
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Studies suggest that living near green spaces is good for one’s mental and physical health. Greenery has a therapeutic impact that helps reduce stress levels. Living in a neighborhood with parks and open spaces encourage an active and fit lifestyle. You can reap the benefits of green spaces by creating one inside your home. If you’re living in a tight condo space, you can install a vertical garden in the patio. Also the kitchen and even in the living room.
There’s a wealth of creative condo garden tips you can check on Pinterest and other social media sites.
Houseplants offer a number of benefits. They can purify the air, cool down room temperature, provide supply for fresh vegetables and herbs, and decorate a space. The pothos plant can absorb toxins like formaldehyde from carpets and floor cleaning materials. The spider plant, which is usually displayed as hanging plants, also have air purifying qualities similar with dracaena and weeping fig. Other plants that can clean indoor air and have cooling effects. For they include the bamboo palm, boston fern, and aloe vera.
Go energy-efficient with your appliances and gadgets
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A sustainable and minimalist lifestyle doesn’t mean that you should let go of the comforts of technology. It’s just a matter of choosing the right furnishings and appliances. Go only for appliances with high energy-efficiency ratings. When shopping for electronic devices, choose Energy Star-labeled products that can save up to 75% in power consumption. You can further cut down your energy consumption and save on costs by using an advanced power strip. This reduces “vampire loads” or electricity wasted when appliances and gadgets are plugged in but unused. Vampire loads commonly occur in computers, kitchen appliances, and home entertainment systems.
For your computer, here are 3 no-nonsense tips to go energy efficient:
- Use your computer on low-power mode. This can save energy, and allows your equipment to run cooler and last longer
- Turn off the switch on the power strip or surge protector if the plugged equipment is not in use
- Activate the power management feature on your computer. This will automatically put your screen into sleep mode after a period of inactivity
Additionally, did you know that being energy-efficient can also make you money? Just take a look at these tax credit incentives for eco-friendly homeowners.
Take advantage of government-sponsored programs
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The US Department of Energy (DOE) helps guide the sustainable living. For they developed a national rating system, the Home Energy Score. For it’s one that assesses the energy efficiency of a home. All based on the architectural design and heating, cooling, and hot water systems. The agency offers financial incentives and financing programs. All for those that attain a high Home Energy Score.
For solar energy systems, you can avail of a federal tax credit for 30% throughout 2019, 26% for 2020, and 22% for 2021. The taxpayer may claim the credit of qualified expenditures on an energy-saving system in a residential structure he owns in the United States. “Expenditures include labor costs for on-site preparation, assembly or original system installation, and for piping or wiring to interconnect a system to the home,” according to the DOE.
Sustainable living is a change in mindset and behavior. It also involves simple, mundane decisions. That’s such as recycling plastic cups and major matters like shifting to a passive home design. You also don’t need to rush in and change all your appliances tomorrow. Finally and however start in any way you can. In conclusion, unclutter your home. For that can be your starting point.