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Guest Blog | How to Make Our Homes Green and Sustainable

From biophilic design to sustainable house features, take a look at these eco-friendly tips to make your living environment sustainable


If you too want to help the environment in any way you can, you might be looking for ways to make your living environment sustainable. From biophilic design to sustainable house features, take a look at these eco-friendly tips to green up your home:


close-up of greens


Add a Touch of Biophilia

Incorporating biophilic design into your space reaps many health and wellness benefits. Environments with biophilic design are shown to reduce anxiety levels. Not only are feelings of anxiety and frustration decreased, but it’s been proven that creativity and efficiency increase in environments with biophilic design. The benefits of gardening are innumerable, and bringing those benefits inside can improve your space.


The GrowUp Greenwall Freedom Series in a home

GrowUp Greenwalls Freedom Series


Swap traditional bulbs with LED ones

If you’re looking to save some money while saving the environment, you should swap out all the regular light bulbs in your home for LED ones. They will last you longer and help you save money in the long run by using less electricity.


An example of a LED lightbulb

Example: Type of LED bulb


Build Sustainably

In the process of a remodel? Consider building with a sustainable design.  Water efficiency, energy usage, repurposed materials, and atmosphere effects are just some of the things to consider when deciding how to build as sustainably as you can. With this type of building in mind, you will decrease your environmental footprint and feel good about it too.

Here’s a list from Porch to get you started:

  • Reduce demolition work as much as possible.
  • Reuse building materials.
  • Plan for deconstruction — meaning you can easily remove building parts during the next renovation.
  • Use materials that reduce waste during installation or use — find products with minimal packaging, adhesives, and finishings.
  • Reduce and recycle waste during construction.
  • Use prefabricated components and materials prepared in a factory (such as framing) whenever possible to reduce off-cut waste.
  • Use standardized components that fit the dimensions of your house to reduce off-cut waste on your site.
  • Use materials and products that are durable, low maintenance, recyclable or reusable.


An example of a sustainable building design

A sustainable building design.


Install a programmable thermostat

Consider installing a programmable thermostat that will allow you to control your heating and cooling system. A thermostat that you can control through an app can heat up or cool down your home on demand. For example, there is no need for the cooling system to be on if no one is home. By programming it so that it turns on just before you get home from work, you will not be using energy pointlessly.


an example of a programmable thermostat

Example: of a Programmable Thermostat. Image Credit: Warner Service


Add a Greenwall

Greenwalls are not only great to look at, but they are shown to reap many health, wellness and air-purifying benefits. What’s specifically great about the GrowUp Greenwall system is that all of the equipment at GrowUp Greenwalls can be repurposed. Used equipment is recycled and repurposed so that the environmental footprint left is as little as possible.


a greenwall in the back of a home in Los Angeles, CA

A greenwall in the backyard of a home in Los Angeles, CA.


Use water-saving features

Look into various ways of saving water. Have you ever paid attention to how much water you waste by letting it run down the drain before it heats up? Start collecting this cold water as you can use it to water your plants. If you have a yard, you can consider adding a rainwater collection system. By gathering rainwater, you will have mineral-rich water that you can use to water your lawn. Lastly, replace your faucets with low-flow models that will ensure you are not wasting water every time you let the tap run.


A drawing layout of a rainwater collection system

Example of a rainwater collection system. Image Credit: Pinterest


Get a composting bin

Just like you shouldn’t get rid of clothes and furniture, you shouldn’t simply throw out your kitchen scraps. Nothing should be wasted, which is why you should consider starting your own compost bin. If you’re a complete beginner, don’t worry, as composting is really not that hard. You simply need to understand what can be put into compost, how to maintain it, and when it’s ready. Once it’s done, you have free food for the soil in your garden.


hands holding a pile of dirt

Image Credit: Science News for Students


Check out our other blog posts for more helpful tips on greenwalls, plants, and sustainability:

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Posted by Theodora Evans



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