It is no secret that we are causing irreversible damage to our environment. And while a great percentage of this destruction is caused by big companies, some of it can be attributed to our daily lifestyles. Luckily, we are now more willing than ever to make environmentally conscious choices when it comes to our homes.

In 2020, for instance, over eight million Germans said that they would definitely spend money on a product if they knew it was environmentally friendly and 22 million said that they would probably spend money on such a product: the portal Einrichtungsradar.DE reports. And there is power in numbers. Making small changes in our homes can all add up to go a long way to reducing environmental damage. Interested in making the world a better place? Check out these ideas for making your home more environmentally friendly.

Replace Standard Light Bulbs with LED Bulbs

Not only do they last much longer than standard bulbs, LED light bulbs also use less energy and are more environmentally friendly. In addition, each LED bulb usually lasts around 13 years, which makes them a great investment. While in the past many complained that LED bulbs did not illuminate the home as well as traditional light bulbs, this is no longer the case. Improvements in technology have made LED light bulbs just as effective as standard ones.

Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water

Since around 90 percent of the energy used by a washing machine is spent on heating water, it makes sense to set it on a cold cycle. This not only reduces carbon emissions but keeps your clothing from premature aging. This is because hot water affects both fabric and color vibrancy. If you are dealing with greasy stains, try setting the washing machine on warm instead of a hot cycle.

Install Solar Panels

If you live in a stand-alone home, rather than an apartment, installing solar panels is both great for the environment and your pocket in the long term. If you live in a sunny part of the world, solar panels can sometimes make enough energy to let you sell some of it back to the grid.

Line Dry

To save energy, line dry your clothes whenever possible instead of using a dryer. In addition, this will make your more delicate items of clothing, such as undies and bras, last longer. If you do not have a garden where you can dry your clothes, why not install a drying rack on your balcony or just in front of a window.

Get Window Treatment

Insulating your home minimizes the need for heating and air-conditioning, which translates to less energy use. Why not double glaze your windows to regulate the temperature in your home. Investing in blinds and curtains can also help to keep cool or hot air out of your home. It is also a good idea to opt for wooden window frames rather than UPVC ones since those sometimes emit chemicals that can be toxic.