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4 Ways To Make Your Home More Sustainable

628px-Recycling_symbol.svgMaking the home more sustainable is a noble goal for a homeowner. Sustainability is the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance. Being sustainable involves setting up specific parameters and systems that help you meet your needs without taking unnecessary environmental risks. With such environmentally conscious systems in place, you can focus on establishing better systems in the future. By following these four simple steps, you can make your property more sustainable without creating long-term problems for yourself or the environment.

Create a Compost Pile

This is one of the best practices that you can do simply because it reduces clutter while allowing you to take a more proactive approach to outdoor gardening. By using the compost, or decomposed organic matter, as a layering mechanism around the soil you can enjoy richer earth that is better for your plants. Any material that was once a plant can be composted, such as vegetable trimmings, coffee grinds, or autumn leaves.

Recycle

I’m am sure this is nothing new to you. There are many reasons recycling is good. Along with decreasing the waste which is sent landfills, is also saves natural resources, such as oil, that are required to make new items from scratch. In addition, recycling saves energy and reduces the amount of greenhouse gases that enter our atmosphere.

Limit Using Unnecessary Household Items

How often do you purchase paper and plastic cups and plates? If the answer is relatively infrequently, you are doing your part to help the environment. These products harm the environment by producing more waste than utility for the customers, and limiting their use can help reduce long-term ecological problems.

Reduce Your HVAC System’s Workload

Be sure to regularly maintain your property’s HVAC system, as it can be one of the biggest problems your property can deal with. If the HVAC system becomes damaged or poorly maintained, it will need to work harder to produce the same amount of heating or cooling, raising energy bills and maximizing environmental waste as it struggles with its workload.

Learn More

For more information on sustainability or for details on insulationcontact USI online to find a branch near you and get a free quote. USI believes in excellence in every step of the process and ensures timely completion and quality of service, time after time.