30 Sustainable Home Hacks

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Sustainable. We’ve heard that word a lot during the last few years. As we want to be frugal and simple people, being careful to not waste and pollute the earth fits into our overall goals. Living frugally works alongside the philosophy of sustainability.

30 Sustainable Home Hacks

What does Sustainable mean?

The economic benefits of leading a sustainable life can be great, especially longterm. If you take LED lights, for instance, they might cost a little more up front but will save money in the long-term. If they last much longer, then there will be less of them added to landfills. But, sustainability can apply to many other things.

In past times, our ancestors did a better job with having eco-friendly homes. They might not have had LED lights, but they were great at re-using what they had. When they grew food, they canned it in re-usable glass jars. They collected rainwater to use. Table scraps were used to feed the pets or farm animals. A torn shirt was mended and worn until it was no longer wearable.

In our day and age, we can learn much from them. The modern homesteading movement follows the template that goes way back. And, regular home owners can do many things in our homes to create less damage to the earth and save money at the same time.

I love using glass containers and bees-wax wrappers instead of plastic bags and disposable containers. It’s healthier for our bodies and for the planet to re-use natural products. I hope to keep re-using glass jars and containers for decades.

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Tips for creating a more sustainable home

Here are some great ways to have a more sustainable existence in your home:

  • LED lightbulbs
  • Compost food scraps
  • Solar panels or solar lights around your home for security
  • Insulate your home well, to save on energy costs
  • Use rainwater collection to water plants
  • Use less plastic containers
  • Recycle everything that you can: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers
  • Mend clothing
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Bees wax sandwich wrappers instead of plastic bags or foil
  • Use natural cleaners or make your own
  • Hang clothes out of doors to dry
  • Do it yourself projects that use natural methods
  • When remodeling, use eco-friendly building materials to create a less toxic home
  • Shop local to prevent so much online-shopping packaging
  • Re-use paper shopping bags for gift bags, wrapping gifts, or crafts
  • Recycle plastic bags or create crafts, better yet, use re-usable grocery bags
  • Donate unused items to a thrift store so that items can be used by someone else
  • Up-cycle unloved items: home decor, furniture, clothing
  • Re-use paper clips, rubber bands, and office supplies
  • Use the back side of used paper, write notes on junk mail envelopes, etc.
  • Pay bills online to cut down on mail
  • Unsubscribe from junk mail when you can
  • Use electricity plug-in strips and turn the strip off when it’s not needed
  • Turn off lights in rooms you’re leaving
  • Keep things clean, so that heavy-duty cleaners aren’t needed
  • Clean labels off jars (or other things) with a little peanut butter and a rag
  • Disposable make-up removing wipes are handy, but it’s better and cheaper to use a bath cloth and facial cleanser.
  • Use re-usable coffee mugs and water bottles and take your drink from home.
  • Shop at local farmer’s market for fresh food
  • Plant a tree, that will someday provide shade or fruit
  • Shop used, and keep an open mind
  • Don’t run the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, or washing hands (while singing happy birthday)
  • Plant a garden
  • Heavy curtains can be pulled at night or on bitterly cold days or when the sun is heating your room in the summer.
  • Live in a tiny home?
  • Instead of buying new construction, look for homes that are already built to save money on energy or can be remodeled in a method that is eco-friendly.
  • Energy-star windows
  • Air conditioners and heaters use the largest percentage of energy in the home, so adjust the thermostat up or down to save money. A programmable thermostat helps.
  • Buy less of everything and be content.

We all know ways that our parents taught us that can create a more sustainable home. What are some of the ways that you have learned? Is this a goal for you and your family? Please share your best tips.

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68 thoughts on “30 Sustainable Home Hacks”
  1. Thanks for the great tips! I’ve been reusing, recycling and upcycling for a while now, and have become more mindful of packaging.

  2. I know that there are many on the list that I practice. Recycling. And there is nothing better than growing your own herbs/vegetables. Changing and challenging times – not only save in the process but also repeat tradition as did our parents and grandparents….Home Cooked Meals + Family =Success 2020

  3. I absolutely love these ideas and tips!! We always recycle (or re-use) our cardboard, plastic, and glass. Up-cycle as much as possible is the way to go.

  4. I think your last tip is most important. Buy less and be content. This past year has taught me how much I can do without. How to be joyful and content even when there is so much “negative” in the universe.

  5. recycling doesn’t do much good when we’ve been scammed into thinking it actually gets recycled

  6. This is a great list of hacks to make your home more sustainable! Thank you so much for sharing. I never knew about using peanut butter and rag to take labels off, how cool!

  7. This is all great advice! We have been learning how to live a more sustainable life in homeschool! There were some things in the list that I never thought about, loke the beeswax sacks instead of plastic baggies! I’m totally looking into this. Thanks for sharing!

  8. A lot of great tips here. I am a huge thrifter, I have found so many great deals and I fell good about buying used too.

  9. Wow this list is amazing I need to print this one out so I can try to do as many of these home hacks as I can thanks for sharing.

  10. GREAT LIST! Sad to say I cannot check each off. Years ago I decided to go with glass for house hold products. I hit up goodwill, thrift stores etc for used glass containers. They wash up quickly with no problems and if they are mason jar you buy a box of rings and seals. I am working on doing better

  11. Sustainable life is quickly gaining popularity and makes so much sense! Thank you for these awesome tips!

  12. Loved the article as I have been working to on sustainable living in my apt. Loved the tip for “Clean labels off jars (or other things) with a little peanut butter and a rag” Hadn’t heard that before. Will try it.

  13. These are all great tips. I already practice some of these but will attempt to use more of these tips in my everyday life.

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