It’s World Environment Day and while understanding the different types of pollution and how they can affect our health and environment are important in promoting the awareness around us, the real change starts in our homes. We’re the molders of our environment, so setting an example by rejecting single-use plastic and refusing what we can’t reuse are the building blocks in the foundation of our transition towards an eco-friendlier home. Now, let’s take a look at how you can personally promote this sustainability in the comforts of your own backyard. After all, if you’re keen on being clean and green, you absolutely need to do your part.
Use your outdoor space year-round
Think of your backyard space as the automotive engine of your home. If it’s used on a regular basis and maintained properly all year round, it will better your chances of the need to fork out wear and tear costs on features like your decking, siding and outside LED lights. When you’re economically conscious, as well as eco-friendly, you’re able to put some savings back into your wallet and help the planet but cutting down on your waste contributions.
Take advantage of rain-water
While you’re probably used to the convenience of running water inside your home, when it comes to watering your grass and gardens, utilizing rain-water is a great way to be environmentally conscious of your personal water usage. The best part is that you can use rain-water for composting, rinsing off your fresh produce, filling your outdoor ponds and water features and it can even be consumed by your pets or livestock. Natural recycling at its finest!
Install outside LED lights
Not only are outside LED lights up to 80% more efficient than the traditional incandescent or fluorescent bulb, but they also require far less energy. In fact, 95% of the energy in outside LED lights is converted into light, with a mere 5% wasted on heat. This means that you can have brighter, more energy-efficient outdoor lighting any time of year, while still decreasing your output of greenhouse gas emissions. The best part is that there are no toxic elements in LEDs, unlike fluorescent strip lights that are known to contain chemicals like mercury. In our opinion, the slightly higher cost is worth the longevity and quality of these meticulous lights.
Are there any other ways that you can think of to make your backyard space more eco-friendlier? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.
Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, and the Kwantlen Chronicle
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