With climate change a hot topic of discussion of late, it makes sense that would all want to be a little it more conscious of the effect we are having on the planet. – Read on for tips on How to Create a More Eco Friendly Home
From recycling as much of your waste as possible to cutting down on your plastic and disposable items usage, we can all enact a change no matter how small in our day to day lives.
In fact, there are many different ways we can live more sustainably without even really trying. Even the small changes can make all the difference. Things such as;
- Reducing plastic usage.
- Correctly recycling all waste at home.
- Shopping locally and eating fresh produce in season.
- Growing your own fruit, vegetables, and herbs.
- Reducing water waste.
- Repurposing old and worn clothes and furniture.
- Turn off all lights and electrical outlets when not in use.
- Cutting down on small car journeys.
- Lower your thermostat.
- Use a Reusable coffee cup for your morning coffees (Some places even give you money off!)
However, if you are looking for more significant and more impactful ways to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle, there are many options you can consider for your home that will help you achieve your goals in the best possible ways.
Reducing your water usage at home is a great way to start off. And also one of the easier ways too. Look at the different water tanks available to install in your home.
Collecting rainwater from your roof can contribute to your yearly water usage and help you reduce what you use and also lower your annual bills too.
Use the water collected to water your garden, flush your toilet, clean your home, and wash your clothes.
This is a really easy way to start your eco journey at home before you make other adaptations too.
Reduce your energy consumption
Do you know exactly where all your energy is being used at home? A great way to find this out is to install smart meters. These can tell you precisely what is using the most energy day to day, giving you the option to change this or look at other options to reduce this cost.
Turning down your thermostat even by a few degrees could help you reduce your bills and energy usage considerably.
Look at installing solar panels to help you cut down on your usage more and generate your own power. While government incentives have now ended, installing solar panels can still save you up to £200 a year with homes that are south facing and those living further south being able to benefit from more savings.
Led lighting is also the most eco-friendly way to light your home. They use up to 75 percent less energy than standard bulbs and last longer, too, making them better for the environment and your wallet too.
Insulate your home thoroughly.
Insulation in your home is a great way to reduce your energy bills even more. Containing the heat your home generates means you will be less likely to turn on your heating on colder days, but what type of insulation is best to gain maximum effect?
Look at using wood wool insulation, cellulose, cork, or hemp. This will ensure you are using sustain products that are eco-friendly too.
To thoroughly insulate your home, look at adding insulation to your walls, floor, loft space, and cellars.
Another thing to look at is drafts coming in under doors and through windows. Look at replacing your windows with energy-efficient double or triple glazing to minimize heat loss via this source.
As an extra layer of protection, rugs on floors, long curtains, and draft excluders on doors can help reduce any loss that the methods mentioned above may not be able to contain.
This may seem like a big expense should your appliances already be working fine. But when the time comes to replace them, it is worth spending just a little bit more to get energy-efficient models.
Whilst the cheaper option may be more attractive, it can negate your eco friendly efforts if they’re not as efficient as they could be. So look for the highest rating possible to know that each appliance you use is using as little energy as possible.
Consider swapping from a gas to an electric fan cooker or investing in a pressure cooker for your meals. Consider switching from a coffee machine that uses pods too if you one as the plastic pods will be contributing to the plastic pollution the same as the other one-use disposable plastic products.
Reuse, recycle, repurpose.
If you are making major home renovations, consider using existing features and materials in other ways to cut down on the waste produced from your repairs. Consider using a company that fashions new items from reclaimed products as a way of reducing the number of new things you need to add to your home. This is a great way to add a unique style to your home as well as being as sustainable as possible.
For example, wood can be used to make a new dining table or chairs or even doors for your home. Look at reupholstering your existing furniture instead of buying new to create a unique style.
Scour antique stores and second-hand shops for preloved but unique items to complement your style and look at how you can upcycle existing furniture instead of simply throwing it out and replacing it with new.
If you are buying new, look at investing in some solid wood furniture that will last you for a long time to reduce the need to replace it in a few years.
While I’m talking about recycling, how do you dispose of your food waste? Making your own compost is a great way to dispose of your scraps and reduce methane emissions from food decomposition.