What You Can Do To Make Your Home More Sustainable

From conserving water to recycling, celebrate Earth Day by exploring different ways to make your home more sustainable!

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April 5, 2023
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What You Can Do To Make Your Home More Sustainable


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As Earth Day quickly approaches, what better way to celebrate than to explore ways to make your home sustainable and maintaining a safer environment? Though it can seem daunting at first thought, the opportunities to foster sustainability are endless regardless of your budget or lifestyle. Get creative with your efforts, and feel free to utilize these few examples for different ways to make your home sustainable this Earth Day!

Water Conservation

The most reliable method of beginning your sustainability journey is to be more conscious about your water consumption. Often times we leave the water running for an unnecessary amount of time, such as while brushing teeth or washing dishes. For context, it’s been proven that the water used as you “brush your teeth or shave,” is “roughly what a family in Africa uses in an entire day” (10 Ways to Conserve Water for a Sustainable Living, 2017). This is reason enough to emphasize the importance of shutting off your faucet while you complete these everyday tasks.

Another idea to initiate conserving water is to take shorter showers. Although a nice, hot shower can be relaxing, you do end up using excess water that can be saved and used for other things around the house. Not only does shortening your showers reduce water consumption, but it also can help to cut costs from monthly gas and water bills!


Composting is another great way to reduce your home’s environmental impact. It is a natural way to dispose of and repurpose food and yard waste. Composting helps decrease the amount of waste that ends up in landfills and, as a result, reduces the amount of methane—a greenhouse gas with a much greater warming potential than carbon dioxide— that is released into the atmosphere (Shea, 2022). 

There are many ways to begin your composting journey including open-air composting (a traditional avenue that utilizes naturally occurring microbes), direct composting (a manner of directly putting compost materials in an outdoor area), and many others.

You’ll be able to narrow down your options by considering the space you have to work with, where you live, the amount of waste you produce, and how much time you have on your hands to dedicate to the effort. No act of composting is too small. Therefore, take your time in considering each of these methods and feel free to try multiple in order to identify which will suit your home best!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

In the spirit of Earth Day, this post would be incomplete without mentioning this classic sustainability method (and its classic alliteration we all know and love) to launch your home’s sustainability journey. 

Recycling helps individuals, communities, and businesses reduce pollution and landfill waste. Additionally, recycling can help to conserve resources, lower the need to collect raw materials, and keep certain materials out of landfills. (Beginner’s Guide to Recycling: 4 Useful Recycling Tips, 2021). Materials such as cans, glass, paper, and cardboard are only a few examples of everyday items that can easily be recycled.

One way to ensure that recycling is taking place in your home is to get a second trash bin designated for recycling. In doing so, you’re creating a visual cue to separate out materials from your waste. Another method of implementing recycling in your home is to make yourself aware of the rules for your area and service providers. Different cities and states have different guidelines and rules for accepting recyclable materials. Familiarize yourself with your city's rules so as to ensure that your efforts are not wasted (no pun intended).

Sustainability is one of the key principles of our new Bridge Homes brand identity and these are just a few ways to transition your house into a more sustainable home. For more information on creating a sustainable home, check out our blogs on energy efficiency and water consumption. Allow yourself to get creative with these options and initiate the journey to helping our planet this Earth Day!


10 Ways to Conserve Water for a Sustainable Living

Beginner's Guide to Recycling: 4 useful recycling tips 

Composting Is Shockingly Doable With This Simple At-Home Method

Zero Waste Scotland

How to Start Direct Composting

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