We’ve all taken on eco-friendliness to some extent, but there is still so many little changes we can make that will create a big impact on the environment. If you’re looking to create an eco-friendly home, there are some incredibly effective ways to conserve energy and lessen the impact on the planet’s resources. Here are 5 things to think about…
Step 1 Of Creating An Eco-Friendly Home: Install Solar Panels
Solar panels are certainly an investment, but not only will they save you a lot of money on energy bills in the long-run, the benefit to the planet knows no bounds. Top tip: search for grants for solar panels to save money on the outlay of installing them.
Step 2: Use Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Products, Or Make Your Own
Did you know, a lot of the cleaning products we know and love contain a heck of a lot of chemicals? Chemicals are not only bad for your skin, but they are also bad for the environment too. Even the “gentle” products like baby clothes washing liquids or “natural extracts” air fresheners are not as gentle as you would be led to believe. Steering clear of detergents, preservatives and foaming agents will make the biggest change, so look for change to using 100% natural cleaning products in recycled or sustainable packaging.
Step 3 Is To Make An Investment In Your Windows
The most eco-friendly windows you can have in your house are those that are triple glazed. This is because they are the most effective at keeping the elements out, and the heat in. To change your windows may be a big investment, but it’s one worth making.
If you prefer a more traditional look, like sash windows, consider getting advice on the most energy-efficient choice from a highly-regarded window supplier. “As well as being beautifully designed, our sliding sash windows offer the security and energy-efficiency you would expect from a Three Counties window. Our exclusive deep glazing bar and beads with Krypton gas units mean that our sliding sash windows are A-rated and highly secure.”
For any sort of building work on your home, you may need to consider hiring a skip to remove any waste. The size of the skip will depend on how much waste your building work may produce. Skips come in many sizes from a 4 Yard Skip up to a 16 Yard Skip. If you’re not sure what size you need check out this handy Skip Size Calculator.
Your Next Step Is To Make The Switch To Recycled Toilet Paper Or Washable Wipes
For one tonne of toilet paper, 17 trees and over 90k litres of water are used. And one person uses on average 100 rolls of toilet paper per year. To make your toilet trips more eco-friendly, you could opt for recycled paper, or even bamboo. Did you know, a bamboo tree can grow 39 inches in 24 hours so as you can imagine, it’s a more sustainable option and why a lot of bamboo products are being produced these days. Another way to change the amount of toilet paper being used is by investing in a stock of washable wipes that can be kept in the bathroom.
Step 5: Use Natural And Plastic-Free Beauty Products
If you’re serious about making the switch to having a more eco-friendly home, your strategy shouldn’t stop at cleaning products, windows and energy usage. There are so many more ways you can make a difference, including with all your beauty and makeup products. Think how many times you wash the chemicals from your hand soap or hair conditioner into the drain and quite likely into the oceans. Consider changing to natural soap and conditioner bars, natural hair and body oils and makeup in sustainable packaging.
Step 6: Use Electricity Wisely And Unplug Before You Leave The House
Do you leave your TV on longer than you’re in the living room? Or perhaps your fan is running even though you’re in another room? Do you leave your devices charging for longer than they need to, or even leave plugs on with nothing plugged in? By just cutting down on electricity usage and making sure you don’t use it for longer than you actually need, will not only save you cash but also save the planet. Did you know, in the UK, most households waste up to £86 on appliances left on standby or not in use. Ouch.
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