Nowadays we’ve become much more environmentally conscious as a society. Many people take steps to make their lives and homes more eco-friendly. Luckily for you it’s so easy to do nowadays that you can do the same without much trouble. It’s important to take steps to look after the environment as much as possible.
Not only is it sensible and good for planet Earth, but it also benefits you in the long run. You’ll find that by living greener you can save yourself money and improve your quality of life. Here are some of the most amazing ways you can make your home more eco-friendly.
Step one, you should think about installing solar panels on your home. The solar energy boom was a novelty a few years back, but now it’s quite commonplace. As such it shouldn’t be hideously expensive for you to do. And you’ll save a lot of money in the long run because your home will get powered by solar energy. There are also incentives to use solar energy. For instance, you can sell it on the National Grid and make yourself money at the end of each year.
The most basic and primal form of greener living is recycling. This is something that almost every household does even if they’re not eco-warriors. In fact, there’s a good chance you do a fair amount of recycling already. And if you do that’s good, you should keep it up. However, if you don’t actively recycle at the moment, you need to start. It’s so easy to do, and the council will even provide each household with a recycling wheelie bin. There’s no good excuse not to use it and start helping the planet.
You shouldn’t just limit your eco-friendly attitude to the house itself. There’s a lot you can do in your garden to help the environment, and yourself. One of the simplest things you can do is prepare a compost heap in your back yard. If you have grass in the garden, you’ll be able to have a compost heap. Pick up a compost bin from any garden centre or DIY store. You should put all your food waste into a separate bin and then add it to the compost heap along with the peat. This means less food is going to waste, and the compost decomposes into the soil adding nutrients that help you grow things.
While we’re on the subject of the garden, you could also add in a water tank. This is a device that’s designed to catch rainwater and store it for usage. When you use the water in your home, it will drain the tank before taking mains water. This is a good way to cut down on your water bills and add another layer of eco-friendliness to your property.
It’s important to embrace green energy as much as you can. You’ve already made a good start by installing solar panels and a water tank. The next stage is to start using renewable energy in other areas. You want to think about a fire as opposed to radiators. Sure, open fires look great but they can be inefficient. Get a wood burner instead, and attach a boiler to the back. You can buy Biomass boilers in the UK that will improve the heating efficiency of the wood burner. By burning wood and paper, you make use of renewable energies, and it saves you having to use the heating.
Get rid of the lighting and the bulbs you have in the house at the moment. These aren’t energy-efficient, and they need to be replaced a lot. The newer energy-efficient bulbs look sleeker, sexier and more appealing than their predecessors. Switch all your bulbs for the energy-efficient replacements, and you’ll enjoy the rewards in no time. You’ll have bulbs that last a lot longer and need replacing much less often.
Think about the design of your home. Could you perhaps renovate it to make it more eco-friendly? Have a look at the designs of existing eco homes. What have they done that you might be able to use? Perhaps you should think about adding in a grass or straw roof. This is one of the greenest changes you can make to your home. As well as this the roofs are more sturdy and durable than you would think.
An awesome way to go greener and get instant gratification from it too is to grow your own food. Of course, you won’t be able to do this with everything you eat. But fruit and vegetables are fair game. You can plant and grow your own fruit and veg. Things like carrots, potatoes and cabbages are perfect. You could even set up a small allotment in an area of your garden. By growing your own food, not only do you save money on having to buy it but you also get fresh produce to eat.
Under Floor Heating
Instead of having wall radiators that aren’t energy efficient, go for under floor heating. Under floor heating is extremely energy-efficient, and it helps to save space in the home. Many new build homes come with under floor heating already, but you might find you need to add some to yours. Under floor heating does a much better job of heating a room than a regular radiator would.
If you haven’t got double glazing in your home already, then you need to get it as soon as you can. Double glazed windows trap the heat inside a room and the cold outside. They’re a lot more energy-efficient and will reduce the amount of heating you’ll need to use for your home. They’re especially useful in the winter when the weather gets cold outside. In addition to being eco-friendly double glazing is also great as an extra layer of security for your property. Double glazing doesn’t have to look ugly either. If you’re worried it might ruin the aesthetic of the home then go for wooden frames rather than UPVC.