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6 Simple ways to make your home eco-friendly

Created: 30/07/2019

Making changes to your home to be more environmentally conscious is not only great for the planet, but it can also be great for your bank balance. By just making some small changes to your day-to-day life at home you can make a massive difference. Carry on reading to find out the simple ways you can make your home eco-friendly.

Clean and tidy home

Cut down your water usage

Firstly, try to think about the amount of water you use in your house. You’d be surprised how much water you waste every day, especially when you’re brushing your teeth. A good trick to lower your households water consumption, and water bills in the process, is to turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, apply your skincare routine or shave.

Cutting down the length of your showers is also a great way to save water; although it can difficult to do so on colder days, it will make a huge impact. Alternatively, you could switch to a low-pressure shower head, which according to Blue & Green Tomorrow saves up to 160,000 litres of water for a family of four. You can find water-saving showerheads in most hardware stores or online for a great price on sites such as Amazon. Remember, if you need help with any odd jobs in your home you can easily arrange someone to help from London handyman services.

Switch your lighting

Lamp hanging from the ceiling

 

One of the easiest ways to help your home become greener is to simply switch your lightbulbs. Energy-efficient light bulbs have been around for many years now and according to the Department of Energy, LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer.

Recycle your waste

It’s becoming increasingly common for households to receive fines for not properly recycling. So, we suggest having an efficient system in your home where you can separate your waste. If there is space under your sink, or in a different area of your home, add different coloured bins so that you can organise your plastic, glass, cans and paper in the correct bins.

For any food and garden waste, why not give composting a go? It is one of the most environmentally friendly ways of dealing with waste and it can eventually be used to improve the soil in your garden. Invest in a compost bin and place it in a shady patch in your garden, and add any food leftovers, grass trimmings and other degradable waste to it whenever you need.

Recycling top tips according to Wise up to Waste:

  • “Flatten your cardboard boxes when you put them in the recycling.
  • All your plastic bottles can be recycled, from mouthwash to salad dressing – so put them all in your recycling bin.
  • You can recycle your envelopes, wrapping paper, birthday cards and even phone books. All types of cardboard can also be recycled, even toilet roll tubes and drinks cartons.
  • Keep a bag or a space in a cupboard in the kitchen for storing the recycling as you go. It also makes it easy to take things to the recycling bins that way.
  • Whenever you’re not sure what you can recycle, look on your local council’s website for more information.
  • Check the date you put out your recycling - find out from your council what day your recycling will be collected.”

 

Unplug your home

Living room and TV

 

Although it seems obvious, it’s surprising how easy it is to forget to switch off plugs and appliances when they’re not in use, this is often referred to as the ‘standby habit.’ Most commonly, phone chargers, TVs, printers and desktop computers are the devices left switched on at the main power source, which according to uSwitch, can add £80 a year onto the electricity bill, as well as causing a huge loss of energy.

Leaving appliances switched on at the plug is mainly for convenience, however, try to make switching off at the mains a daily part of your morning routine, as you can save energy whilst you’re at work for the day. Karen, an environmental specialist and founder of  Sustainable Daisy, a sustainable living blog, says: “To save that energy, place your plugs into a multi-faced extension cable, and flip the switch off when you leave the room, making it easy to be eco-friendly!”

Insulate your home

Having a properly insulated home can improve your living conditions and save a lot of energy. Insulation helps keep the heat inside your home in winter, meaning that you don’t have to keep the heating on for as long due to it working more effectively. It also keeps the heat outside in summer, preventing you from racking up your electricity bills on using air-con and electric fans. If you don’t have the budget to re-insulate the attic, there are other ways to improve insulation in your home, such as laying rugs down on the floor and using fabric draft insulators for doors. You may also want to consider upgrading your windows to double glazing, which is great for saving energy off your heating bills.

Change the way you wash clothes

Washing machine and towel

 

Washing machines are one of the most environmentally damaging parts of each household, with one wash using about forty gallons of water, a large amount of energy and, according to the Clean Home Guide, “washing and drying a 5 kg load of laundry every two days creates nearly 440 kg of carbon dioxide emissions in a year.”

To make your home greener, try washing using shorter cycles and a lower temperature, as 90% of the energy used on most machines comes from heating the water. If you think this will impact the cleanliness of your clothes, try adding stain remover to your clothes instead of depending on the hot water. Karen from Sustainable Daisy also says: “After washing your clothes, place your clothes on a clothesline to dry, if your apartment or home allows for it. You can save 4.4 kilowatts (and a little pocket money) every time you hang a load to dry.”

Quick tips to make your home eco-friendly:

  • Cut down your water usage
  • Switch to energy-efficient lighting
  • Recycle your plastic, cans, paper and glass
  • Compost food and garden waste
  • Stop the standby habit and switch appliances off at the mains
  • Insulate your home
  • Wash your clothes on a shorter cycle with a lower temperature
  • Air dry your clothes

 

If you need any help making changes to your home, whether it’s electrical, maintenance, or something entirely different, contact us today on 07737 077 769 and we’ll be happy to help.

 



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