Right now in 2017, none of us can afford to turn a blind eye to environmental concerns.  Fortunately, we can all make a few changes in our homes that can help us ‘go green’ and contribute to the greater collective responsibility for the wellbeing of the planet. Below are a few ideas to get you started on a greener path.


Vitamin-rich vegetables and salad leaves can all be harvested from your own back yard. After a few YouTube tutorials and a weekend spent in the local hardware store, anyone can be a kitchen gardener.


Trade in your old bulbs for energy efficient(CFL) ones. Yes, we know the light isn’t as pretty but if you don’t want to completely relinquish that warm, incandescent glow, at least use CFLS in less frequented places like lofts and hallways.


 Reducing waste and finding a sustainable solution for what we throw away is a globally trending concern. Sign up to your local recycling service and remember: use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without it.


Fix up your home’s ventilation to maximize warmth in winter and cool air in summer. Ceiling fans, double-glazing, cross ventilation and geo-thermal cooling systems are all better alternatives to energy-guzzling air conditioning.


With South Africa’s increased load shedding making solar power more of a necessity than a nice-to-have, research the most cost-effective option you can afford to take some of your power off the grid.

This article originally appeared on ELLE Decoration’s annual Style Directory 2015.