Creating a more sustainable home
There’s more concern for our environment than ever before, and because of that, we’re looking at how we can make our own homes more sustainable. You may have already started yourself, but here are a few ways you can make your home more sustainable and friendly to the environment.
Grow a vegetable patch
If you’ve got a garden, or enough space on your balcony, why not grow your own food? You’d be saving a lot of money over time, and there’s something incredibly satisfying about being able to grow something successfully. Start off with the simple vegetables that don’t need more attention and work your way up as you become more experienced in the art of growing food! It’s also a good project to get the whole household involved in.
Use Energy-Saving Appliances
There’s likely to be a lot of appliances within your home that are taking up energy, and that’s all contributing to the overall impact that you have on the environment. Simple things like switching out your light bulbs and lowering the temperature on your heating are going to make a difference.
There’s also energy monitors that you can get, which measures bigger appliances in your home and tells you which ones are consuming the most energy. You’ll likely be surprised by the results it gives you, and it all helps with being more conscious of how much you use each appliance.
Save on water
Water is another resource that we are all guilty at taking advantage of at some point. Whether that’s taking an extra long shower in the morning or leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth. All of this is contributing a waste of water, so save on water by getting an outdoor tank from Tanks direct. This is great for collecting rainwater that can go towards running the household. Stop the tap when you’re brushing your teeth and opt for a shorter shower, avoiding baths where possible.
Insulate the home
Insulation should be a priority for your home because it’s going to help save on the energy and it’ll make the most of the money that you spend on your utility bills and particularly that of your heating. You can add insulation to your walls and to your roof to help keep the heat in the property for longer. Replacing any old windows can also help as well as keeping an eye on the exterior of the property for any gaps or cracks that might form from weather damage and expose your property to cold air.
Recycle your rubbish
We get through so much as a household in waste, and a lot of that waste comes packaged in various materials, a lot of which are made out of plastic. It’s important that we start recycling more of our waste so that we send less of it to landfills that are probably overspilling already. Moving forward, try purchasing food without packaging where possible and any plastic or recyclable materials, put into a separate trash bag.