10 Ways to make your home more eco-friendly
12 May 2016, by Design A House Sign
Doing your bit to protect the environment once meant being able to separate your plastic from your paper. Nowadays it’s not quite as simple as that, there is a lot more we can be doing to produce a much greener and healthier home to live in, taking more pride in the world we live in and try our best to preserve the natural beauty we call home.
With these 10 tips, we aim to ensure you are inspired to make a change to your home, taking the necessary steps needed to ensure the protection of the world, and providing you with a better and ultimately cheaper way of living.
Insulate Your Home
Firstly, insulating your home is a must. By making this change to your home you will be efficiently using your energy, keeping your home cooler throughout those hot summer days and greatly warmer during the cold winter nights. You might even save yourself up to 40% on your bills after insulating your home.
Fit Double-Glazed Windows
When considering potential energy saving methods for your home the use of double-glazed windows is an obvious choice. For it’s a brilliant energy saver, resulting in less heat escaping and preserving energy. Double-glazed windows will offer your home much better insulation than before; something that will result in fewer draughts and lower heating bills.
Maintain Your Boiler
If you have an old boiler it’s likely you’re unnecessarily wasting energy, as older boilers can become extremely inefficient, therefore, it is recommended that every 10 years you should upgrade your boiler. In the meantime the better preserved your existing boiler is; the better it’ll work for you. Looking after your boiler will provide greater efficiency, meaning you won’t be needlessly wasting energy and keeping those heating bills down.
Install A Low-Flow Showerhead
It is easy to take long showers, but you could be wasting more water than you need to. Instaling a low–flow showerhead will reduce the fall of water when showering, therefore decreasing the amount of water wastage. Consequently, you will be able to enjoy your showers, yet, not waste as much water. It is suggested that a family of 4 can save 160,000 litres of water a year if they were to install a low-flow showerhead. So just how much could you be saving?
Use Energy Saving Lightbulbs
At first, look energy bulbs may look cold and unattractive, but they are extremely beneficial with saving energy and supplying light. Through making this simple change at home you can save 66% more energy, not only this but if you were to trade in one incandescent lightbulb for just one and introducing Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs it will save up to 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
Grow Plants Indoors
Through introducing live plants in and around your home they will provide you with a natural air filter; some plants, in particular, are very effective in absorbing any kind of harmful pollutants. Plants that are extremely effective include Spider plants. Boston Ferns, rubber plants and palm trees. Thus, it is strongly recommended you get down to your local garden centre and pick up some plants and you’ll reap the benefits.
Let The Sun Shine
The sun is the biggest and best source of heat and light, and something we should all make use of much more, as an alternative to unnecessarily switching on lights. We suggest you open your blinds, curtains, and shutters and allow the solar energy coming from outside to naturally warm up and brighten your home. By doing this you may even save yourself up to 10% off energy bills.
Consider Investing In Solar Panels
Solar panels can be very expensive to install, however in terms of the long-term saving, they must be considered. Solar panels can naturally generate electricity and heat absorbed from the sun’s rays. It is suggested that an average household can save up to 50% of their annual cost of hot water by using a solar heating system. This means you will comfortably your initial spend on installation through the savings you make from them.
Use Extension Leads And Unplug When Not In Use
If you use a multi-socket extension lead then you are able to plug all of your electrical accessories into it and control if they are switched on, instead of leaving them all around the house plugged into numerous sockets, for instance; your TV is usually left on standby for 17 hours each day, which you want to avoid. By doing this you could reduce your home's energy consumption by a total of 15%.
Lower Your Thermostat
Frequently, we have our thermostats set too high, but this is something that is unnecessary and extremely costly. However, it is advised that by turning down your thermostat by just one degree Celsius you can save up to £60 on your heating bills. Just by turning down your thermostat by a couple of degrees you could be saving yourself a lot of money each month. So next time if you’re feeling chilly, grab a jumper.
We can all make a difference to this world, whether you go through and tick off every single suggestion on this list, or can only manage a couple of them. Just remember, even the smallest of things you do can go a long way to ensuring we protect our planet.