There is a lot more focus around having a greener approach to running your home these days, and in general, the way you live your life as well.
There is no denying that certain habits developed over decades, changes in technology and materials that we use, has had an impact on the environment. But the great thing about it is that if we all make changes here and there, we can all do our bit preserve the environment and make things better for the future of our kids and our grand kids.
Of course, this isn’t saying that we need to be going into the ocean and clearing the plastic rubbish out, or going to any huge extremes. But, we can make conscious choices everyday in the way we live and run our homes and in time these things can make a difference.
So here are some of the ways that you can have an eco-friendly approach to running your home.
Recycling where you can
One of the first steps you can take to try and ensure that you have an eco-friendly approach when it comes to running your home is to think about how you recycle things.
This could be anything from the packaging food is stored in, to unwanted items in your home. Can they be recycled?
Today, we can’t get away from separating things like glass and paper into separate recycling bins, but could you do more?.
Further to that, do you know exactly what is recyclable, and what isn’t? For example, some of the plastic packaging that we use daily can’t actually be recycled.
Being more knowledgeable on this may in fact help you to make better choices when shopping and then recycling and making more of an impact. Having separate bins can also help if you have the space for it in your home.
Solar panels as an energy source
Solar panels can be a great way to get the energy you need in your home. From being able to light your lamps to heating your hot water, solar panels can be the best answer to having a more environmentally friendly approach to your energy usage in your home.
Of course, there may be some initial investment at the beginning. But once they are installed, the cost can be considerably lower than it is to pay the electricity company, and they should hopefully pay for themselves in time. This can be a great way to make your home more efficient.
During the summer months, you may find that you need to help your garden grow a little more as the lack of water in terms of rain can be extremely evident. The natural thing to do would be to get your hose pipe out and start using the water to give your lawn some TLC and your flowers a good feed.
However, what about using the winter months to your advantage and collecting the rainwater? You can get a water tank put outside easily enough from companies like Tanks Direct and have it collect the rainwater each time a storm or rain cloud hits.
That way, when you need it you have a source of water that is being reused, instead of using more of it and putting pressure on water supplies, especially when they can be quite scarce at that time of the year. Everybody wins and it can be one of the easiest ways to be a little more eco-friendly.
Using less heating
One of the things that you may want to consider is how much heating you use. Often, during the winter months ahead, you may find that you are going to your heating thermostat more often and cranking that heating up to make your home warm. When I was younger and lived with my parents, my dad used to always tell us to put on a extra layer or get a blanket out before turning the heating up!!
However, there are a few things that you could do to help you use less heating overall, and in turn reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your home in the first place.
For starters, why not avoid putting your heating on max, and instead set the temperature? This can help you avoid using more energy that is needed to get your house up to the highest temperature, only for you to switch it down.
Keeping it a consistent level helps to reduce the amount you use. You could also look at investing in new windows and doors, this can keep the heat in and avoid drafts, which can cause you to lose precious heat through their window panes and the door panels.
Lastly, insulating the walls and roof space can also help to keep the heat in. These initial investments help to reduce the overall energy required to keep the house warm and could even bring the bills down.
Use less plastic overall
There could be a new focus in your house, and that could be to use less plastic overall. There are so many ways that you can do it now. For starters, when you shop, instead of opting for pre packed items, why not pick your own and get rid of the packaging altogether.
The same can be done for the amount of plastic you use daily, for example, why not use a reusable glass bottle instead of plastic ones for things like storing water or juices in the fridge.
The convenience factor is something that we have gotten used to over the years, especially now that everyone is so time poor but the truth of the matter is, that we need to start kicking it old school again and going back to a time when plastics weren’t as readily used or available.
Cut down the wasted energy
Finally, it might be time to look at the habits you have in your home and try and change them with a view to cut down on wasted energy. One of the biggest ways you waste energy is by leaving things like your TV or computer in standby mode.
Make a point of switching them off or even switching plugs off at the wall to save on energy usage. Even your kitchen gadgets such as the kettle, toaster, blender etc can be turned off at the power point when not being used.
Lights can also be a big thing, and this is where you can waste money simply by leaving a light or lamp on all day when you aren’t at home. We have all done it but making changes in your habits can help you reduce the amount that you waste.
Let’s hope these tips help you to have more of an eco approach to running your home and in the process you can also save yourself some money too! ?
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