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If you are like most people alive in our culture today, you care to at least some degree about the impact you are having on the world around you. That might be in terms of the environment and what you are doing to the planet, it might be that you are keen to avoid exploiting people who are worse off than you around the globe, or it could just mean being less wasteful generally. Whatever it might mean for you, it’s good to appreciate that there are many things that go into living in an ethical home. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the most important that you might want to consider. Doing so could mean that you live much more ethically in no time.
For one thing, you will want to try and minimize what you have and live in a smaller home overall. That’s because a smaller home is necessarily going to use much less in the way of natural resources and other things of that nature, thereby ensuring that your footprint is no larger than it really needs to be. You will also find that having a smaller home is going to mean you have less space, so that means fewer belongings and generally less waste. Solutions like hand made storage beds can become very useful in keeping some belongings in the home, and you should try for those and try to get some kind of a compromise between the two things.
You need to use energy in order to keep your home going – to keep it heated, lit, and so on. But you can do plenty to ensure that you are using energy in the most efficient way possible, and thereby ensuring that you are not contributing to climate change any more than strictly necessary. Some of the best ways to do this are those which we all know of by now – utilizing ground source heat pumps and solar panels, and ensuring that you keep your home insulated as well as possible. It’s also about being conscious when you do use heating and lighting and so on, and keeping those times to a minimum as much as you can. You will find that this makes a huge difference in itself.
As much as possible, you should aim for your home to be self-sustained. There are many ways in which this helps the planet and other people along, and you can always do a little more to create a perfectly self-sustained home. Whether you want to start growing your own food and eating that solely, or you are keen to produce all of the energy you use in the home, or even find a natural spring for your water – whatever you feel you can do, this is going to get you a lot closer to that dream of being fully self-sustained. That in itself will be one of the most ethical homes you could possibly live in.