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Sustainable. We’ve heard that word a lot during the last few years. As we want to be frugal and simple people, being careful to not waste and pollute the earth fits into our overall goals. Living frugally works alongside the philosophy of sustainability.

30 Sustainable Home Hacks

What does Sustainable mean?

The economic benefits of leading a sustainable life can be great, especially longterm. If you take LED lights, for instance, they might cost a little more up front but will save money in the long-term. If they last much longer, then there will be less of them added to landfills. But, sustainability can apply to many other things.

In past times, our ancestors did a better job with having eco-friendly homes. They might not have had LED lights, but they were great at re-using what they had. When they grew food, they canned it in re-usable glass jars. They collected rainwater to use. Table scraps were used to feed the pets or farm animals. A torn shirt was mended and worn until it was no longer wearable.

In our day and age, we can learn much from them. The modern homesteading movement follows the template that goes way back. And, regular home owners can do many things in our homes to create less damage to the earth and save money at the same time.

I love using glass containers and bees-wax wrappers instead of plastic bags and disposable containers. It’s healthier for our bodies and for the planet to re-use natural products. I hope to keep re-using glass jars and containers for decades.

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Tips for creating a more sustainable home

Here are some great ways to have a more sustainable existence in your home:

  • LED lightbulbs
  • Compost food scraps
  • Solar panels or solar lights around your home for security
  • Insulate your home well, to save on energy costs
  • Use rainwater collection to water plants
  • Use less plastic containers
  • Recycle everything that you can: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, newspapers
  • Mend clothing
  • Buy energy efficient appliances
  • Bees wax sandwich wrappers instead of plastic bags or foil
  • Use natural cleaners or make your own
  • Hang clothes out of doors to dry
  • Do it yourself projects that use natural methods
  • When remodeling, use eco-friendly building materials to create a less toxic home
  • Shop local to prevent so much online-shopping packaging
  • Re-use paper shopping bags for gift bags, wrapping gifts, or crafts
  • Recycle plastic bags or create crafts, better yet, use re-usable grocery bags
  • Donate unused items to a thrift store so that items can be used by someone else
  • Up-cycle unloved items: home decor, furniture, clothing
  • Re-use paper clips, rubber bands, and office supplies
  • Use the back side of used paper, write notes on junk mail envelopes, etc.
  • Pay bills online to cut down on mail
  • Unsubscribe from junk mail when you can
  • Use electricity plug-in strips and turn the strip off when it’s not needed
  • Turn off lights in rooms you’re leaving
  • Keep things clean, so that heavy-duty cleaners aren’t needed
  • Clean labels off jars (or other things) with a little peanut butter and a rag
  • Disposable make-up removing wipes are handy, but it’s better and cheaper to use a bath cloth and facial cleanser.
  • Use re-usable coffee mugs and water bottles and take your drink from home.
  • Shop at local farmer’s market for fresh food
  • Plant a tree, that will someday provide shade or fruit
  • Shop used, and keep an open mind
  • Don’t run the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth, or washing hands (while singing happy birthday)
  • Plant a garden
  • Heavy curtains can be pulled at night or on bitterly cold days or when the sun is heating your room in the summer.
  • Live in a tiny home?
  • Instead of buying new construction, look for homes that are already built to save money on energy or can be remodeled in a method that is eco-friendly.
  • Energy-star windows
  • Air conditioners and heaters use the largest percentage of energy in the home, so adjust the thermostat up or down to save money. A programmable thermostat helps.
  • Buy less of everything and be content.

We all know ways that our parents taught us that can create a more sustainable home. What are some of the ways that you have learned? Is this a goal for you and your family? Please share your best tips.

@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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Lisa Ehrman

Lisa has been blogging since 2013, and loves sharing resources and ideas for living a simple life. To get free printables, bonus words, and more - sign up for the newsletter.

62 Comments

monique s · September 11, 2020 at 6:12 am

I try to reuse upcycle and buy earth friendly products. Important to do what we can.

Dana Rodriguez · September 11, 2020 at 11:12 am

These are great tips. I switched to LED lightbulbs a few years ago.

    Lisa Ehrman · September 11, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks. We did, too, and they same to be much better and last longer.

Calvin · September 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm

Really nice to know, it’s good to be aware of all these, for a better future!

Piroska · September 15, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Thanks for the great tips! I’ve been reusing, recycling and upcycling for a while now, and have become more mindful of packaging.

    Lisa Ehrman · September 15, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    That’s great! Yes, if you’re recycling all the packaging, it takes quite a few trips to the recycling center.

monique s · September 17, 2020 at 5:06 am

I have definitely been more minimalist and good with it

    Lisa Ehrman · September 19, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Glad that you are enjoying that. It can be difficult, but it makes for such a peaceful ambiance.

Brittany Gilley · October 3, 2020 at 10:38 am

These are great tips, I’m always trying to be aware of what I can do better

Shannon · October 4, 2020 at 1:08 am

These are all great ideas, I like to upcycle containers into gift containers.

Eva Mitton-Urban · October 5, 2020 at 2:03 pm

I know that there are many on the list that I practice. Recycling. And there is nothing better than growing your own herbs/vegetables. Changing and challenging times – not only save in the process but also repeat tradition as did our parents and grandparents….Home Cooked Meals + Family =Success 2020

    Lisa Ehrman · October 11, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Home Cooked Meals are truly the best 🙂 And, we need all of the good things this year!

Sarah L · October 5, 2020 at 11:47 pm

Excellent ideas. Buy new clothes? Nah. Go to the thrift store.

    Lisa Ehrman · October 11, 2020 at 10:28 am

    It’s a wonderful way to find something new 🙂

Caryl Kane · October 7, 2020 at 8:35 pm

Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

Robin Creager · October 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

I absolutely love these ideas and tips!! We always recycle (or re-use) our cardboard, plastic, and glass. Up-cycle as much as possible is the way to go.

Debbie P · October 11, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Thanks for all of these great tips and ideas!

Christina Gould · October 18, 2020 at 4:51 pm

The Law of Sustainability: “Use it up, wear it out, make do, do without.” LOL, works for me!

Lyndsey Rullman · October 20, 2020 at 10:52 am

Great tips! I am trying to be better this year.

Deb Pelletier · October 23, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Thank you for the information, helpful .

megan allen · November 1, 2020 at 1:07 pm

This is very helpful! Thank you for sharing!!

CRYSTAL Banks · November 9, 2020 at 1:46 pm

This was really helpful. Thank you for sharing this piece of resource.

megan allen · November 10, 2020 at 11:06 am

Awesome tips! Thanks so much!

tammy ta · November 18, 2020 at 1:13 pm

These are mostly good tips, I couldn’t do the tiny home though.

Monica McConnell · December 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

These are some really great ideas that I never would have thought of but some are so simple. Thank you

Monica McConnell · December 3, 2020 at 7:33 am

Great tips. We just started trying to be more eco friendly so this is great

Lisa Garrison · December 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Great tips. Glad to find new ways to save.

Kelly O · December 19, 2020 at 12:17 pm

I think your last tip is most important. Buy less and be content. This past year has taught me how much I can do without. How to be joyful and content even when there is so much “negative” in the universe.

    Lisa Ehrman · December 19, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    It’s a great lesson to learn, even though it’s been such a hard one!

Sarah L · January 1, 2021 at 7:58 pm

I like shopping at thrift stores when I need something.

Nathan A Jackson · January 3, 2021 at 7:09 am

Great tips . Very helpful

Brittany Gilley · January 4, 2021 at 9:58 am

recycling doesn’t do much good when we’ve been scammed into thinking it actually gets recycled

laurie damrose · January 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

I have done a few of these, I love the list. I will pin it and check it off!

Cheryl Everitt · January 13, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Thank you for sharing these awesome hacks.

Lauryn R · January 28, 2021 at 2:50 pm

This is a great list of hacks to make your home more sustainable! Thank you so much for sharing. I never knew about using peanut butter and rag to take labels off, how cool!

Cassandra D · January 31, 2021 at 7:52 pm

What a great list. I like to recycle gift bags.

    Lisa Ehrman · February 1, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Yes, my children can spot our gifts easily because we use them until they fall apart.

Tonya Sinner · February 6, 2021 at 11:18 am

This is all great advice! We have been learning how to live a more sustainable life in homeschool! There were some things in the list that I never thought about, loke the beeswax sacks instead of plastic baggies! I’m totally looking into this. Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa Ehrman · February 6, 2021 at 11:33 am

    I’m glad you found something new to try 🙂

Melissa Storms · February 19, 2021 at 8:43 pm

A lot of great tips here. I am a huge thrifter, I have found so many great deals and I fell good about buying used too.

heather · May 2, 2021 at 2:12 pm

Wow this list is amazing I need to print this one out so I can try to do as many of these home hacks as I can thanks for sharing.

gloria patterson · June 25, 2021 at 4:43 pm

GREAT LIST! Sad to say I cannot check each off. Years ago I decided to go with glass for house hold products. I hit up goodwill, thrift stores etc for used glass containers. They wash up quickly with no problems and if they are mason jar you buy a box of rings and seals. I am working on doing better

Edna Williams · July 5, 2021 at 6:52 pm

Sustainable life is quickly gaining popularity and makes so much sense! Thank you for these awesome tips!

Tina · July 10, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Great ideas

Piroska · July 15, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Thanks for the great tips! We can’t do enough, can’t get complacent.

Dawn Mielke · August 28, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Loved the article as I have been working to on sustainable living in my apt. Loved the tip for “Clean labels off jars (or other things) with a little peanut butter and a rag” Hadn’t heard that before. Will try it.

Linda Kay Brown · September 3, 2021 at 11:50 am

Great ideas! Always glad to learn more!

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