Bedrooms don’t necessarily come to mind when we talk about waste. However, there is plenty to be done to make sure you’re being eco-friendly in the bedroom to fully embrace sustainable living.
As we continue to go green room-by-room, here are some simple steps you can take to reduce the waste that’s coming from your bedroom.
Properly Dispose of Unused Items
Getting rid of old clothes can be done in any number of ways. Clothes in good condition can be donated to a local thrift store, sold through apps like Letgo, or even just given to friends. This way, your clothes get to be worn until they’re too old to go on.
Of course, there are also clothes we don’t wear but can’t bring ourselves to get rid of because they hold sentimental value. These can be turned into blankets, throw pillows, or even just framed.
Lastly, there are clothes that have been worn until they have begun to fall apart. No worries! Denim can usually be taken to a recycling center, and anything else can be turned into rags for cleaning.
Like clothing, shoes in good condition can be donated, sold, or given away. Unlike clothing, they cannot be broken down into rags.
So when shoes are too old to be used anymore, they can be taken to a local recycling center where they can be taken care of the best way possible.
For relaxing evenings and weekends and for a good night’s rest, it’s important that our bedroom is a comfortable place to be. However, they don’t need to be comfortable when we aren’t in them.
During work hours, day trips, or any other extended period of time away, the heat or air conditioning can be lowered so it doesn’t use as much power. Curtains should also be kept closed to help insulate your room. Some curtains are even made with the specific purpose of assisting insulation.
In fact, on nice days, turn the heat or air conditioning off and open up those windows! Letting in fresh air can keep your room comfortable without using any energy.
All of these actions are perfect ways to save energy and money.
In the winter, it’s good to keep extra blankets in the bedroom. This is another way to lower your heating use. You likely won’t notice this overnight as long as you have blankets to keep you nice and warm.
It’s an added bonus if the blankets are eco-friendly! They can be made of sustainable or recycled materials.
Updating lighting fixtures to CFL or LED bulbs dramatically reduces the amount of energy they use. These bulbs will last longer, too, saving you even more money.
Additionally, you can also make use of natural light during the day!
While bedrooms aren’t the biggest source of waste in the house, they can suck up a lot of energy. These actions will help you reduce your waste and energy use in the bedroom, helping our planet in the process.
If you have any questions about our properties or living your greenest life, contact us today.