6 Ways To Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

There is  a big emphasis on becoming more environmentally aware in this country, and this is absolutely the right thing. The more we know about what we are doing to the planet, the more we can change and make things better. It’s never too late to right environmental wrongs, and if more of us can see that and make the necessary changes, the better.

When it comes to our homes, we can all change things to make those homes more environmentally friendly. This is a great place to start; imagine if we all took the time to really think about the way we live and change the things that just aren’t helping the environment or anyone else. It would make a huge difference to the world. Here are some ways you can get started.

Save Water

When you think of being environmentally friendly, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the idea of energy consumption and production. However, while these things are undoubtedly important and should not be ignored, water usage is just as vital to deal with. Saving water around the home is an easy first step when you want to be more environmentally friendly. To start with, take a look around your home at all the taps and other outlets. Are they leaking in any way? If so, they need to be fixed because even the smallest leak is a huge waste of water over time. You can probably fix the leak yourself, but if you do need to get a plumber in to help it shouldn’t cost a lot.

There are other simple ways to save water around the home such as turning off the tap when you are shaving or brushing your teeth, and only flushing the toilet when it is absolutely necessary. You can even install low flow showerheads so that your showers themselves save you money.

The Smart Meter

There is a big drive by energy providers to ensure that every UK household has a smart meter installed. Although you might not like the idea of change, having a smart meter can be really very useful in terms of energy saving. Although the unit itself won’t save you energy, you will be able to see exactly what you are using, and how much it is costing you. If this is something you can see every day, you will be more conscious of the fact, and be more likely to try to save energy (and money) on a daily basis. You’ll soon remember to switch lights off when you leave the room or turn the heating down when you’re not in the house in this way.

Look For Alternatives

Thanks to innovations in production and technology, there are now a variety of different options when it comes to the way in which you use energy within your home. Take your heating, for example. The traditional way that many people still use is to have radiators in each room. However, when you look at them objectively, radiators can lose a lot of heat, wasting energy every time they are being used. Only part of the heat they produce goes to warm up the room, and the rest is wasted depending on where the radiators are installed and what doors and windows are in the room also.

Changing your radiators to underfloor heating may seem like a big job, but the amount of energy it will save, and the amount of money too, will be worth it in the end. It is a much more efficient way to heat your home, plus it means that you can move your furniture around and rearrange your room because there is no radiator in the way. If you’re thinking of swapping, read more here.

Check Your Insulation

If you can see that you are using energy but you can’t tell where you are using it, check your insulation. It might be that it is in need of repair or even complete replacement. Heat can easily escape through gaps in insulation and you could be spending money when there is no need to. Whilst you’re checking your insulation, also check your windows and doors. There can be gaps here that you just didn’t notice, but that your heating will be escaping through. Plus, the roof should also be looked at. Just a few loose tiles can mean that, again, you are using much more energy than you need to (and paying for it too).

Change Your Light Bulbs

There are many different types of light bulbs to choose from these days, and that can mean that, when you need to replace your old ones, it can be a difficult decision. Which bulbs are best? The answer is that you should always replace your old bulbs with energy efficient ones. These have been available in shops for a long time now, but they used to be rather expensive. Now that prices have come down, they are much more cost effective for individuals to buy. These types of bulbs use a lot less energy than standard ones, and they last longer too. Over time you’ll save money on your energy usage, plus you won’t have to replace them very often, saving you even more cash.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

Cleaning your house is something that you will – ideally – do on a fairly regular basis. When you do, it’s likely you will use standard cleaning products from the supermarket. However, these products are full on harsh chemicals which, when washed away down the drain, can be washed into water courses and be harmful to the environment. By changing from the usual chemical products to more natural ones, you can be much more environmentally friendly. In fact, you can even make your own products quickly and easily, saving you money too. The recipes for these natural cleaning products can all be found online, and since they use household items such as vinegar and lemon juice, you might find you already have the ingredients in your cupboards.

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