Make Greener Changes in Your Home

These days it’s important to be conscious of the environment. You want to make sure you’re doing everything you can at home to be more eco-friendly. There are quite a few changes you can make to your home to make sure you’re living a greener existence.

If you treat the environment well, it will treat you the same. Implement these changes around your home and reap the benefits of greener living.

 

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Open Fire

A great way to make your home greener is to install a fireplace, so you have an open fire. Not only does this look fantastic but it also makes your home more energy efficient. Because you have a fire, it means you don’t need to use the heating half as much as you would do. In the winter, when it’s cold there are few things that can beat an open fire for warmth and comfort. You can use wood or coal for the fire, so you make good use of fossil fuels. You might also think about putting paper and cardboard on the fire rather than throwing it away.

Lighting

One of the best ways you can make greener changes in your home is to change your lighting. Lighting is a necessity in the home and daily life. Sure, there’s plenty of natural light to use during the day. But when it gets darker you need to put the light on so you can see what’s going on. Light bulbs can use up a lot of energy, which is why you should use special E27 bulbs. These are energy efficient, eco-friendly bulbs. They last much longer than regular light bulbs, and the wattage is lower therefore they use less energy. You’ll find yourself having to replace these bulbs much less than regular light bulbs.

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Recycling

If you aren’t already recycling, you should be! There are so many opportunities for recycling these days that there’s really no excuse not to do it. Local councils will provide recycling bins and collections. There are also often recycle centres in most towns if you can’t don’t have a bin for whatever reason. Recycling is something you can integrate into daily life. Get a recycling bin for the kitchen and try to encourage family and friends to recycle. One of the best things about recycling is the fact that you can recycle almost anything these days. Metal, plastic and glass can all be recycled. And that’s before you even get to the obvious like paper and cardboard.

Compost Heap

Make sure you set up a compost heap in your back garden. This is easy to do and is a great way of going green, literally. You can put all your food waste into the compost heap instead of throwing it away. This ensures it doesn’t go to waste. What happens is that the food waste decomposes into the compost heap. The compost in turn decomposes and seeps into the soil, adding valuable nutrients and minerals to the ground. Go out and buy a compost bin and some peat and get started today. A compost heap is an important step on your journey towards a greener lifestyle.