Rational Spending

How to spend on housing

1. Use green technologies

The use of eco-technologies will contribute to the reduction of consumption (saving money), and to the protection of the environment (saving natural resources). Further examples of such technologies:

  • solar panels, which heat water, air, and produce electricity;
  • wind generator which produces electricity;
  • geothermal energy which ensures low consumption of the air conditioning system;
  • thermal isolation which ensures warm in winter, cool in summer, and low consumption of the air conditioning system;
  • water filtration systems with closed circuits that offer the possibility of repeated use of water and of throwing clean water back into the sewer system, which later reaches rivers, lakes, and groundwater.
  • economical dishwashers and washing machines that can wash a large amount with a little water and washing solutions.
  • and other technologies.

In our catalog, you can order such technologies.

2. Restructure the house

Here are some recommendations that will help you choose planning, which will help you reduce communal consumption (it’s recommended if you use limited natural resources, such as gas, coal, etc., and don’t use non-renewable energy, such as solar energy or wind generators):

  • The rooms must be separated by a corridor.
    If in a 3-room house you live two people, one room can be used only when you have guests or you can practice 2 living arrangements:
    • in summer when you use all the rooms (applicable if temperatures do not exceed 250C and it is not necessary to cool the room),
    • and in winter when you heat only one room;
  • The rooms must have a small and medium area.
    It is more expensive to heat or cool a 25m2 room than a 15m2 one. In case you have found a home that you like and at an affordable price, and it has a large room, you can divide it through a wall and/or a corridor.
    If the furniture and technology are chosen and placed correctly, there will be enough space, for example:
    • a transformer sofa, which can be also a bed and take up less space;
    • a transformer table with more sizes and shapes;
    • flat TV placed on the wall, etc.

3. Reduce consumption

Avoid excess when you don’t have a product, technology, or system that allows the protection and saving of natural resources. For example:

  • if you are used to sitting in the shower for an hour, but you do not have a system that filters and uses water repeatedly, which works on solar electricity, then you should sit instead of one hour – 5-10 minutes;
  • If you are a small family of 3 people and maintain a 6-room house, then you need to move to 2-3 rooms if you heat (winter) or cool (summer) the room.
  • If in the process of sanitizing the house, you do not have some eco-friendly cleaners, then you must minimize as much as possible the use of toxic substances.

Otherwise, nature will not resist too much with such pressure. If you think this is little, then multiply a billion people by the amount of water and fuel you spend every day. And then count how much comes out in a year. And if take into account all the people on earth?

4. Buy household goods consciously

By choosing companies that producing and selling:

  • green technologies,
  • construction materials,
  • furniture, and accessories,
  • cleaning & sanitation products

select companies that take care of people and the environment. These products are qualitative, with low waste and emissions in production and usage, multifunctional, durable, and empowers consumers to have a positive impact on workers, society, and the economy. By doing so will gain directly and indirectly, immediately and over a period of time. These gains will be in the form of health, money, well-being, and a friendly environment.

Further are recommendations to identify such products:

  • ANALYZE THE ADVERTISING:
    Choose products that were advertised without urges to practicing excessive consumption. Excess is harmful to the environment because it increases the volume of production, and as a result, increases the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated. Usually, these products are overestimated and aggressively promoted. Here you can find more information about toxic marketing.
  • READ THE LABEL:
    • The product description.
      This will help you evaluate the product parameters, which is the level of consumption, how eco-friendly the materials from which the product is made, and so on.
    • The product certifications
      This is proof that the company applies in practice certain recognized technologies and standards (this was verified by a recognized evaluation company).
      Because many logos and text on the labels are a marketing move (fakes like eco, green, bio without any proofs), it’s important to know which certifications are appropriate. Here are some examples with recognized certifications:
      • ISO 14001 – all processes in the company are managed in such a way as to improve their environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste;
      • Ecocert – detergents with the Ecocert logo, have a minimum 95% of ingredients from natural origin and a minimum of 10% of ingredients from Organic Farming.
      • Click here for more certifications.
  • SEARCH FOR PRODUCT REVIEWS:
    Find reviews about product quality. Products that were designed to be comfortable, functional, and durable will be using more and purchased less often. For example, instead of buying 2 pairs of sports shoes per year, choosing the quality, you can do this once every 4 years. This will contribute to reducing the production rhythm, and as a result, decreasing the volume of natural resources used and industrial and consumer waste generated.
  • FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE BUSINESS:
    Here you must find out the following information about the Manufacturer and Retailer:
    • history – find information about the activities in which the company was involved, for example, social or illegal activities;
    • strategy – find on the company website their mission and objectives. Developing and promoting innovative technologies to solve local and global problems is a good sign.

Most likely you will not find ideal products and producers, but it is always possible to choose the best one. In our catalog, you can order such products.

5. Rent the home from a responsible landlord

Look for a home that meets the requirements listed above. In this way, you will choose an economical house, which is equipped with eco-friendly technologies, goods, and accessories.

6. Take care of the house and the goods in it

By extension of the life of the product, you will contribute to the reduction of the circuit: bought -> thrown -> bought, which will lead to the decrease of the production rhythm, therefore of the use of resources and of the generation of waste and emissions. Here are some recommendations to achieve this:

  • Follow the technical recommendations and lifehacks;
  • Repair equipment, clothes, furniture, and other objects.

7. Dispose of household goods correctly

  • Donate clothes you don’t use to people who need them and can’t afford to buy them. For this you can call these people yourself, call on institutions that deal with charities, or use specialized sites on the internet;
  • Sell clothes that you do not use at second-hand markets or on specialized websites;
  • Get creative before you recycle, for example, from a pair of pants, you can make a pair of shorts, from a suit a chair cover, from a leather bag a phone cover, and many other examples that you can find on the internet;
  • Recycle. In order for the clothes, you throw away to become the raw material for the production of other clothes, do not throw the clothes to garbage together with the other waste, but find specialized points for collecting clothes. By doing this you will contribute to reducing the volume of land used to grow the plants from which the clothes are made and thus to reduce the volume of toxic waste and emissions in the air, soil, and water in the growth process.

If the waste collection local company does not select this waste then you should find companies that do this and after the possibility to choose their services even if it is more expensive. Such a strategy in a few years will remove the company that does not selectively collect waste and its services will be more affordable.

If your infrastructure allows, then you can compost food waste.

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Hello and thank you for joining me on the blog. Probably my name doesn't tell you anything, and you wonder why you read me :) For this question I have the following answer: The articles created by me are some conclusions made after: - analysis of people's behavior during shopping and after; - analysis of direct and hidden advertising (such as advertising from the movies, shows, songs, and so on); - activating in different positions: low and high salary jobs, jobs where I did monkey job, and positions where I organized the work activities of several dozen people. - analysis of thematic information from different sources (TV, books, blogs, documentaries, and others). The information has been structured in such a way that it is easy for you to find answers to the questions related to "How to contribute to the improvement of the ecological situation and to the well-being of people through the tools we have as consumers".

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