We want our homes to look stylish and be functional. A key way we can focus on functionality is through living a green life. By caring about sustainability, we also, in turn, focus on being effective and functional. What matters for homeowners isn’t so much the dynamic of being perfectly environmentally-friendly. Instead, it’s about being mindful about how we approach our homes and the ways we maintain it.
How to think about a green home? Start with the kitchen
Do we choose gas stoves or electric ones? How often do we leave the lights on and what bulbs do we use? Do we grow a vegetable garden or purchase from sustainable producers. It’s constant questions like these helping us live more sustainable lives, with the aim of being eco-friendly in general.
Think about the kitchen. As Treehugger points out:
“Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials, and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen. Fortunately, making the right choices for your well-being is also good for the pocket and the planet.”
Even here, we get into discussions about electric versus gas since stoves and ovens work differently. But this also depends on how often we use either, since it might be wise to almost always choose gas. Sometimes, however, if we rarely use stoves it might mean choosing electric.
Considerations of being green also extend to what we put outside. For example, patio furniture deserves as much scrutiny as anything else we buy inside. Choosing the right furniture in one area of the house applies everywhere. Are we choosing sustainable wood? We should choose those suppliers that acquire wood in sustainable, eco-friendly ways. In this way, we support green, earth-friendly policies.
If we’re not interested in wood, are we buying furniture made from recycled materials? Recycled does not mean lesser quality, since talented designers can do wonders with pretty much anything.
How durable are the items we’re buying? We don’t want to keep replacing them, since this is costly to us and the planet.
Note how all these questions are broad enough that they can apply to a wide variety of home items. This makes the home itself more green and thus we do better by the planet.
What we’re seeing isn’t so much a focus on being incredibly strict, but incredibly mindful. So many of these options are cheaper than their usual counterpart, since acquiring these base materials often doesn’t require as much labour. With this in mind, we can create greener and, thus, better property.