If you are building a new house, you may be concerned with a lot of things, such as maximizing floor space and minimizing noise, but the latest architectural trend is making sure that new buildings are environmentally friendly. In fact, new houses in many areas actually have to meet certain environmental criteria. Even if you do not need your house to check any boxes, then you may still want to consider building in some of these features to help to make your home more environmentally friendly. Many of these tips are also low cost, so you won’t have to blow your budget in order to save the Earth.
Ever since the days of the early European settlers in America, homesteading has been an integral part of American life. Because the idea was originally used to help to populate the country and lay claim to the wild frontiers, the popularity of homesteading waned in the early-Twentieth century. However, homesteading has now taken on a whole new meaning and has regained its popularity in many states.
What is Homesteading?
In the twenty-first century, homesteading has now changed to represent a type of self-sufficient lifestyle which involves (almost) no reliance on outside organizations for food, clothing, property maintenance and many other aspects of home and lifestyle. This builds on a philosophical idea that to have true ownership of your lifestyle and property, then you should earn this ownership by laboring. Many people believe that living independently from the government or the economy will help them to maintain stability if there is a national crisis. Despite their attempts at self-sufficiency, most modern homesteaders choose to maintain a positive relationship with the wider community. This means that it is technically possible to “homestead” in urban areas, so it is not necessary to move out to the wilderness if you wish to homestead.
Natural garden pest control comes with a wide range of benefits and there are so many reasons why you should try it. Besides being an inexpensive way of keeping pests out of your farm, it is much safer to the environment, your garden, you and your family. And besides, some of the natural methods used to control pests are even much more effective than applying pesticides not to mention the serious risks that these pesticides have on your health and the environment at large.
Switching to natural ways of cleaning your home not only reduces chemical exposure but can also go a long way towards helping you save time and money. Natural cleaning can be quite a fun and enjoyable thing to do, and you will be amazed to know that there are so many ways of going natural than you would probably imagine. Unknowingly, to most people, there are many household items and ingredients that can be used for cleaning your home just in case you decide to go natural as highlighted here below:
Natural cleaners to use
You can create most places of your home using natural cleaners and some of them even double up as deodorizers and disinfectants. Some of most common and easily available natural cleaners include vinegar, which can be used for cleaning the bathroom i.e. the bathtub, sink, countertops and toilets, kitchen and the laundry room. Another natural cleaner is lemon juice that can be used for cleaning and shining copper and brass. Then there is baking soda that is very effective when used for scrubbing surfaces just like most of the commercial non-abrasive cleansers. Baking soda is in fact a very versatile cleaner and it is also a great deodorizer as well.