How to Make Your Home Greener This Earth Month!

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It’s Earth Month! So, what is Earth Month exactly?

Earth Month is a time dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to protect the environment and promote sustainability. It takes place every year during the month of April, with April 22nd being recognized as Earth Day. During Earth Month, people around the world participate in events, campaigns, and activities that support environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability. This may include things like planting trees, cleaning up litter, reducing energy use, and advocating for policies and practices that help to reduce our impact on the planet. Aside from taking part in group activities, there are plenty of ways that you can make small yet impactful changes on an individual and household level. That’s right, we are talking about creating a more environmentally friendly home for you, your family, and your furry friends.

It’s important to be environmentally friendly in your home because it can have a significant impact on the health of the planet and the well-being of its inhabitants. By reducing the amount of energy and natural resources we consume, we can help mitigate climate change, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment. Additionally, being environmentally conscious can save you money on your utility bills by reducing your energy and water usage. By taking these steps, you can create a more sustainable and healthier living environment for yourself and future generations.

Overall, making small changes in your home can have a big impact on the environment and can help create a more sustainable future and a healthier living environment for you and for future generations. Here are some affordable and simple tips that can help you get started:

1. Ditch single-use plastics: Start by saying goodbye to plastic straws, utensils, and water bottles. Instead, opt for reusable alternatives like metal or bamboo straws, wooden utensils, and refillable water bottles.

2. Embrace natural light: Natural light not only brightens up your home, but it can also help reduce your energy bill by decreasing your need for artificial lighting. Living in Hawaii, it’s easy to embrace all the natural light! Open up your blinds and soak up the sunshine!

3. Switch to energy-efficient bulbs: Speaking of lighting, consider switching to energy-efficient light bulbs. They use up to 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.

4. Reduce water waste: Conserving water is another important step towards sustainability. Try taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, and fixing any leaks in your plumbing.

5. Compost food scraps: Instead of throwing away your food scraps, consider starting a compost bin. Composting not only reduces your waste, but it also creates nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Learn more about composting in Hawaii by visiting Zero Waste Oahu’s site or this helpful resource from Recycle Hawaii. 

6. Use eco-friendly cleaning products: Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can be damaging to both the environment and your health. Look for eco-friendly alternatives that are made with natural ingredients. Not to mention that this is an impactful way to help protect Hawaii’s ocean and our coral reefs. What we send down our drains eventually up in our oceans so let’s be responsible and reduce our use of toxic cleaning products!

7. Buy secondhand: Instead of buying new, consider shopping for secondhand items like furniture, clothing, and electronics. Not only is it more sustainable, but it can also save you money!

Help take care of the earth and this beautiful place that we call home and make these changes today! To find out more about LUVA Real Estate’s commitment to sustainability and to find more great resources for making your home ‘greener’ click here. Remember, every small step you take towards sustainability can make a big difference in the long run. Have fun making your home eco-friendlier!