Homeownership can be an exciting, nerve wracking experience if you are new to the process; suddenly, you are faced with a long list of responsibilities ranging from moving arrangements to post-moving organization (and not to mention bills).
Though new homeownership is justifiably pressing in terms of time management, it is no excuse to overlook sustainable practices. There are many ways to make your home experience more sustainable, from initial moving stages to adopted daily living habits.
Here are a few sustainability tips for new homeowners.
Saving on the move
Sustainability should be worked into the earliest stages of your moving plan — for two main reasons: 1. You will be able to better implement a sustainable approach if it is considered sooner rather than later. 2. With a long list of other obligations likely stemming from the impending move, a sustainable approach may quickly become lost in the fray if put off
Arguably the best way to keep your moving process sustainable is to heavily emphasize recycling in lieu of wasting. You will likely be working with a lot of cardboard, plastic, and other reusable materials for packaging and transportation cushioning; be sure to dispose of these materials in a moveable recycling bin to be properly sent off at a later date. This change in approach is small enough to barely make an impact on the move itself, yet effective enough to make a serious impact over time.
Settling into sustainability
Once the chaos and heavy lifting of the initial move has passed — and you have taken time to kick back a little and recover — it is important to quickly fall into a habit of being sustainable on a daily basis; this means settling into a routine and committing it to memory from the get-go. Owning a new home entails a lot of adaptation, and the best way to approach this process is to force yourself into a routine that will be comfortable, constructive, and compatible with your lifestyle — sustainability is no different in this regard. For example, place recycling bins in easily accessible areas, break yourself into a less-is-more approach with water use, and be mindful of how long you are leaving lights on.
Going green with the community
Following a green lifestyle can also be a great way to become acquainted with your new community. Keep an eye out for communal events and services that promote sustainability, including used electronics drives, collaborative landfills, and awareness initiatives focused on making the community as green as possible. You will not only strengthen your own presence as a sustainable individual, you will find a commonality with other members of the community, forging relationships that may make your transitional process easier.