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4 Ways To Make Your Home More Sustainable

4 Ways To Make Your Home More Sustainable

The best homes don’t just look good; they also operate efficiently and sustainably. A sustainable home minimizes your environmental impact and helps your home make the most out of available resources, such as water and electricity. It also saves you money in the long run! Here are four ways to make your home more sustainable.

Add Solar Panels

Solar panels are one of the best ways to make your home more sustainable because you’re sourcing your energy from an endlessly renewable source—the sun! By relying on solar energy, your home won’t be producing greenhouse gases, and you’ll see a drastic change in your energy bill. You’ll also be able to enjoy all the electronics you like!

Update Appliances

Unless your home is brand new, updating your appliances is always a worthwhile investment. As technology advances, newer models are more efficient with the energy and resources they use. For example, an electric stove removes the need for natural gases and is much cleaner to use.

Aluminum Upgrades

Many call aluminum the “green metal,” and for good reason! When making improvements to your house, such as the siding or roof, choose aluminum because it’s durable and sustainable. Not only is it a quality building material, but it is endlessly recyclable. This green characteristic means you can reuse the existing aluminum on your home if you make changes, or your contractor can place it back into the supply chain.

Permeable Materials

Permeable materials are a fantastic addition to driveways, walkways, and gardens. Permeable materials allow surfaces to absorb water and harmlessly disperse back into the environment. In contrast, traditional asphalt and concrete pave over the land, making it impossible for water to drain naturally. Proper drainage helps make your landscaping and the surrounding environment healthier and lusher—making your property much more beautiful!

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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