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Would you like to create a more eco friendly home? With more research available on sustainability than ever before, there shouldn’t be many reasons why you can’t start making simple switches around the house that are a little eco-friendlier.
Here are just a few tips on how you can be a little more eco-conscious in your own home, reduce your plastic consumption and design an eco friendly home.
How to Make your Home More Eco Friendly
Not only are organic materials such as rattan super trendy for 2020, but they’re also great for the environment. Brands such as Panda are made from organic and sustainably grown bamboo. So, you’re still getting the comfort and luxury, whilst being kinder towards the environment.
Use Solar Energy
Solar panels have become increasingly popular in recent years, and more and more people are now embracing it as a source of energy for their homes. With a little initial investment, you can end up doing a lot of good for your environment, as well as your pocket.
What’s more, there are tons of options to choose from- from solar powered garden lights and heaters to a complete 5kW solar system designed for your home.
And of course, you’ll notice a significant reduction in your energy bill post this! Buying preloved and pre-used stuff will definitely help you save money, and will also help you become more conscious about the environment.
Reduce Household Energy Use
Of course, being in the UK, it does get pretty cold, but do you really need to have the heating on as high as you do? Set your thermostat lower than normal, and instead, cosy up with a thick fleece and joggers. Another way to save on your household energy use is to hang clothes to dry instead of using a drier – when it isn’t raining of course.
Use Energy Efficient Lights
Using energy efficient light is another excellent way to reduce your costs and also build a sustainable and eco-friendly home. There are a lot of variants for LED bulbs and lights available in the market, and while their initial cost may be higher than the regular lights, they end up being cheaper in the long run since they conserve energy and also last for a long time.
It also makes sense to keep your windows open during the daytime to let in as much natural light and air as possible, and to reduce the use of artificial lights.
Recycling in your Eco Friendly Home
Recycling and reusing items, especially big ones, can again, make a huge difference and reduce the amount of waste that you’re contributing to. Skip the big brands when it comes to buying furniture and other items for your home and instead, make them yourself using recycled wood or transform old furniture that you can buy off of thrift stores into works of art.
When purchasing everyday products- even toilet paper- look for ‘recycled’ on the packaging.
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Grow Your Own Fruit and Veg
You don’t need to own a huge allotment or acres of space to grow your own produce. You could grow some herbs and spices in a tiny container on your windowsill so that it gets enough light, or in a window box which can provide just enough space to grow herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Creating a greener environment around you has a ton of benefits. Start a garden in your backyard or front lawn with whatever space you have. If you live in a small apartment, you can still sneak in a couple of air purifying plants or consider container gardening and grow herbs on your own on the kitchen windowsill.
Gardening and landscaping can dramatically improve the quality of air around you, and you’ll be doing your bit to tackle global warming, even if it is at a small stage. Once you’re in on it, you can also take it a step further and turn your food waste and kitchen scraps into compost and put it to use in the garden.
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Insulate Your Eco Friendly Home
Home insulation isn’t just a green initiative, but also an affordable one. If you’re looking to cut costs and go green while you’re at it, this could be the most profitable step you could take. This is because insulating your walls can help your home stay cool during the hot summers, and keep you warm during winters, saving you a lot on energy costs due to the use of heating or cooling systems.
Using area rugs, especially in the southwest area of your home can be another good idea. They prevent the air from leaking out of your home and look stylish in a cost-effective way.
Installing a rainwater collection tank is another excellent idea to implement to create a more sustainable home. Harvesting rainwater and storing it for the future can help you do your bit towards reducing water wastage, which is another major problem today. You can utilize the water you’ve harvested to wash your vehicles, in your garden or even as a backup in case of water emergencies or droughts.
In addition, you can take other steps to reduce water wastage in your home. Installing a low flow toilet and showerhead, and opting for a dual flush toilet can significantly reduce the amount of water you spend everyday for day to day activities. This step alone can cut down the amount of water you use by 30%. And of course, fix any leaks in the bathroom or kitchen
Choose Eco-Friendly Flooring
Image: Cuckooland – Rug made from Recycled Plastic Straws
Opting for the use of sustainable materials when it comes to building and installing different parts of your home is a great way to practise green living. You might love hardwood flooring, considering how it never goes out of style, but when choosing material, opt for reclaimed wood floors or another sustainable option instead. Green builders are now opting for the use of clay bricks as opposed to cement and concrete, since they are much more durable and strong and also more efficient.
Use Plastic Free Cleaning Products
Last, but not least, by simply switching to eco-friendly alternatives when it comes to buying cleaning products for your home, you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals that are let into water bodies that endanger both the environment and your own health. With the increasing awareness, you’ll find tons of options to pick from, and some of them might actually be more pocket friendly as opposed to your regular cleaning products.
Plus, you can always do a little DIY in your kitchen if you’re up for it! Vinegar, citric acid and bicarbonate of soda has been used in lots of DIY cleaning products- all you need is a couple of hours on a weekend to whip up more than 2 weeks’ worth of eco-friendly cleaning essentials yourself.
All in all, taking small steps in the way of green living and creating an eco-friendly home can help you make your contribution to conserving the environment around you, and reduce your bills while you’re at it.
Not only will following the above tips help the environment massively but adopting a green lifestyle will also help you sleep a little better. Check out this blog by Happy Beds for more tips on adopting a green lifestyle and how it can help you sleep better at night.
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