7 steps you can take to make your home an environmentally friendly one!
Environmental responsibility is a big concern for a lot of people these days, but reducing your impact on the planet can be hard. You have to make a lot of lifestyle changes from the things you buy to the way that you travel. But by far the best way to reduce the damage you do to the planet is to make your home more environmentally friendly. Every home has a big effect on the surrounding environment in ways that people often don’t realise. If you’re concerned about living a green lifestyle, try making these changes around the home.
Replace Windows And Doors
Energy usage is one of your biggest concerns in the home. All the electricity and gas you use contributes to carbon emissions, so the more you can cut your energy usage, the better. But you still need to heat or cool your home, so you need to find a way of making your house more efficient. Replacing the windows and doors with more modern ones is the first step.
A lot of heat is lost through old windows and doors so they need sorting, but that might not solve your problems entirely. If you live in an older property, chances are, the insulation isn’t great. Building materials have come a long way since then and new insulation materials are a lot more effective than older ones. It might be worth getting somebody in to replace the insulation with something that works a lot better. It’ll be far quicker to heat your home and it’ll stay warm for longer so your energy bills will drop drastically. This is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and save yourself a load of money at the same time.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Insulating the house is a start, but you might still be wasting energy by leaving the heating on when you’re out or turning it up too high. You can solve that issue easily by installing a smart thermostat. You can control the temperature remotely from your phone so it doesn’t matter if you forget to turn it off when you go out. But the real benefit of having a smart meter is that it learns. After a few weeks of use, it will work out when people are in the house and when everybody is out so it’ll turn off when it’s not needed and then switch back on when people come back into the house. It will also regulate the temperature and turn down a few degrees, you’d be surprised just how much difference that could make.
Swap Out Light Bulbs
Changing your light bulbs for more energy efficient ones is probably the easiest way you can cut energy usage drastically. LED light bulbs are twice as efficient as a standard light bulb and they also have a far longer lifespan. They’re quite a bit more expensive than a normal light bulb so it might feel like you’re paying more but if you consider the lifespan and the massive savings you’ll make on your energy bills, you’re actually saving a lot. The other major benefit of having LED light bulbs is that you can link them up with smart home tech, like you do with your thermostat. That means you can switch lights off easily with your phone so they’re never left on when you’re not in the room.
Generate Your Own Electricity
Regardless of how much you cut down, you’ll still be contributing to carbon emissions if you’re taking power from the national grid. If you really want to reduce your impact on the environment, you need to start generating your own electricity instead. You can do this by installing some solar panels on the roof and putting a small wind turbine in the garden if you’ve got space. It’s worth remembering though, you might not be able to generate all of your energy this way depending on where you live. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it anyway because any power you create reduces your impact on the environment and cuts your energy bills at the same time.
A lot of household cleaning products are full of chemicals that could potentially be hazardous to the environment. They’ll also affect the air quality inside the home and could lead to issues with breathing if the levels are too high. But it’s important to keep your home clean to avoid illness, so what should you do? Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives to cleaning products that aren’t as harmful to the environment. Things like lemon juice and vinegar are great for cleaning grease and dirt off surfaces. Baking soda is another great alternative to antibacterial products and stain removers. Olive oil works just as well as furniture polish on wooden surfaces too. You can use all of these natural alternatives to clean your house properly without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment.
Watch Water Usage
Water usage is something that often gets overlooked when people are trying to make their home greener. But we’re using more water than ever and that could become a real problem very soon if nothing changes. Most people don’t give it a second thought because they don’t realize that it’s a problem but you need to pay more attention to your consumption. There are a few obvious things you should do like take shorter showers etc. but it’s the small things that add up. Washing up under a running tap instead of filling a bowl, for example, is a massive waste of water. Changing these small habits will save you a lot of water each month. You should also replace the shower and tap fittings with low water usage alternatives. If you live in a particularly wet area, you should consider getting a water tank in the garden to collect and filter out rainwater as well.
Try making these simple changes around the house to reduce the impact that you and your family have on the environment!
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