Let’s be honest. You can’t ignore climate change anymore. Global temperatures ARE rising, and it’s pretty clear that pollution by humans is mostly to blame. And while people may tell you one person adopting a greener lifestyle isn’t going to make much of a difference, it is STILL important you do your part. And following these ten painless changes to your home is the perfect way to start:

1 – Cleaner habits

This may sound strange but adopting cleaner habits like not wearing shoes inside your house can make it greener. Think of it as cleaning your hands before a meal to prevent dirt on your hands polluting your food. Similarly, leaving the pollutants in the outside world at the doorstep keeps your home clean, and a clean home is one step closer to a greener home.

2 – Shopping responsibly

Buying used or second-hand items may not sound very attractive (or hygienic if we’re talking about clothes). But the amount of good it can do for the planet is undeniable. As long as the item you need for your home (like an electronic appliance for example) is in good condition, you should opt for it instead of brand new items. This will eventually help to reduce a ton of waste. Another great practice is to buy only what you need; reckless indulgence isn’t the way to go.

3 – Recycling, recycling, recycling!

Throwing out old plastic containers may feel extremely convenient but repurposing them is a much better alternative than adding to the landfill sites and smog in the air from burning plastics. Use them as decorative pieces or re-use them as food or chemical containers. Get creative and resourceful!

4 – Cutting back on chemical products

When it comes to chemical products used in the house, there are many you can do away with (or reduce the use of):

  • Cleaners
  • Detergents
  • Bug sprays
  • Pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides

There are natural alternatives to almost all of these, ones that use plant extracts as base ingredients and hence leave much less of an impact on the environment if used. Try those instead.

5 – Greener diet choices

Keeping an eye on what you eat can also make your home a greener environment. If you impose a house rule where you effectively make everyone eat only vegetables for just one day in the week, buy raised meat (i.e., minus hormones and the works), and make a point to finish up leftovers instead of throwing them out, you’re reducing food waste and the costs to the environment for livestock raising, all of which contributes heavily towards bettering the environment better.

6 – Reducing waste

Unless you’re planning on throwing wild parties now and then, it’s a bad idea to invest in disposable cutlery. Use washable plates and cutlery instead and even reduce waste by using every item to its fullest extent.

7 – Keeping an eye on electricity usage

This one goes without saying. Switch off anything that’s not in use; that includes your ACs, TVs or Microwaves on standby (they still consume electricity). Try spending less time in front of a screen and read a book instead or take a walk for leisure. You’ll not only end up with a greener home but also a smaller bill at the end of the month.

8 – Replace showerheads

Check your showerhead. If it’s been quite a while since you changed it, it’s possible that it may be faulty and wasting too much water every time you take a shower. Getting it changed will let you save a lot of water every time you take a shower without compromising on your shower itself.

9 – Regulate your water heater

Keeping your water heater on for only an hour before your bath may sound like a bother; in reality, however, it’s only a simple matter of rotating a dial to keep the heater in “Pilot” mode when not in use. Hardly a sacrifice when compared to the savings in your gas bill.

10 – One or two flower pots aren’t too much trouble

There’s no denying the very presence of potted plants can elevate the quality of your interior. They require very little maintenance too and are hardly a hefty investment. Definitely worth the try.