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5 tips for more sustainable living

Many people today are wondering what they can do to protect the environment, not least because of the polarizing Fridays for Future movement. Paying attention to sustainability is one of the most important points. This can already be implemented in everyday life and in the area of ​​living. Below are a few tips that can help you implement sustainability in your own four walls.

Many people are asking themselves today, not least because of the polarizing Fridays for Future movement, what they can do to protect the environment. Paying attention to sustainability is one of the most important points. This can already be implemented in everyday life and in the area of ​​living. Below are a few tips that can help you implement sustainability in your own four walls. – Reading time: 3 minutes

Nachhaltigeres Wohnen

Tip 1: Reduce electricity consumption and switch to solar energy

Electrical devices constantly draw electricity, even when they are not in use. For this reason, the plug should be unplugged as soon as they are no longer needed. The use of multiple plugs with switches has long been known and recommended.
Today's televisions also have a sleep timer. It ensures that the device switches off at a certain time.

Using a solar system or using renewable energies is a bigger step. The advantage is obvious: solar energy is inexhaustible and at the same time free. Only the purchase of solar cells or solar panels is expensive. But in the long run it pays off. Because solar storage means the energy generated can be used independently of the weather.


Tip 2: Sustainable heating

At the beginning of the heating season, the radiators must be vented. If there is too much air in the radiators, consumption increases. In addition, the heaters must not be covered or blocked. Good insulation in the apartment and tight windows also help to reduce heating consumption.

In winter the apartment should have a basic temperature. Constantly increasing the temperature consumes energy. Here too, you can rely on nature: like solar energy, geothermal energy is inexhaustible and can be used for your own home.


Tip 3: Energy-saving devices

Unfortunately, most households still have devices that require too much power. These should gradually be replaced with devices that have at least an energy efficiency class of A++. Such devices consume significantly less electricity.

At first glance there seems to be a financial disadvantage as they are expensive. After a few years, the expensive purchase was worth it due to the savings in electricity costs.

You can also pay attention to sustainability when washing laundry. Not every wash load requires 60 degrees. The washing machine has programs that save money and energy.

 

Tip 4: Avoid plastic

Plastic is a hot topic. Most plastic waste can be recycled. In order to achieve sustainability, plastic should be avoided as much as possible. It is best to use your own bags for shopping.

Many types of fruit and vegetables such as zucchini or oranges do not require plastic packaging. Here you have the opportunity to shop in supermarkets that offer these products without packaging. Some supermarkets allow you to bring your own Tupperware containers for such foods.


Tip 5: Pay attention to sustainability in furniture

  • Used furniture: Often it is not necessary to buy new furniture. Every piece of furniture that is bought used saves resources in another place. It is important to keep an eye on your account balance, especially when moving into your first apartment or after making major investments. But second-hand furniture is also just right for everyone who likes to visit flea markets, because new doesn't automatically mean better. Many furnishings are far from reaching the end of their life and can be purchased cheaply.
  • Plastic furniture: Yes, you heard that right. Just like the plastic fir tree is available for Christmas, there is also plastic furniture, for example with a wooden look. Some companies have specialized in making their plastic furniture exclusively from recyclable plastic. This means that your shampoo bottle or yogurt cup will eventually see the light of day again in the form of a chair.
  • And if you can't avoid buying new furniture?: If you can't avoid buying new wooden furniture, you should look for certain seals when looking for environmentally friendly products. For solid wood these are FSC or PEFC. They require, among other things, sustainable management of forests, the protection of biodiversity and the promotion of tree species appropriate to the location. These seals also guarantee that the wood has only been treated with natural waxes and oils and that adhesives are free of harmful substances.

  

About the author

This blog is a guest post by Baufritz. Following nature's example, Baufritz has been planning and implementing ecologically sustainable buildings for over 120 years. Individual architect-designed houses are created from high-quality, pollutant-tested building and insulation materials that protect people and the environment.

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