We should all be making an effort to be more eco-friendly and there are lots of ways you can do this. Our homes are one of the biggest areas where we can make changes. If you’re looking for ways to make your home more sustainable, then here are three ways you can do it.
1. Think about your windows
If you don’t already have double glazing, then this is the first thing you should sort out. Double glazing makes a huge difference at keeping the heat in and keeping the cold out. This makes a huge difference to how eco-friendly your house is. If your double glazing is getting old, then it might be time to replace it. Once the seal goes on a double glazed unit, it becomes far less environmentally friendly. And it also throws your money away too. All that money you spend on heating your home for it just to leak out through the windows is a huge hit to the wallet.
As well as sorting the double glazing, you should also think about the blinds and curtains you use. If you have things like conservatories or orangeries where there is a lot of glass, then this is even more important. Good quality curtains and blinds can make a huge difference to keeping your home warm.
2. Use LED light bulbs
LED light bulbs are far more environmentally friendly than standard bulbs and they will also save you money in the long run. These bulbs use less energy and last far longer than traditional light bulbs. In fact, LED light bulbs can last up to a staggering 50,000 hours and they are 90% more efficient than traditional light bulbs!
3. Get some house plants
House plants don’t just look pretty, they also help to make your home more environmentally friendly too. Plants “breathe” in the CO2 that we exhale and recycle it to produce oxygen. They really are a great addition to any eco-friendly home.
Now if you’re anything like me, you’ll be worried that you’ll just forget to water the plants. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s the one job I always forget to do! When you’re juggling work and family life, it’s just another job on the list isn’t it?! This is where the rest of the family can join in and help – give the kids a plant each to take care of – in my experience they will love the sense of responsibility and enjoy watching their plants grow.
Making your home more environmentally friendly doesn’t have to be too difficult. Even if you just make one small change, it’s a change in the right direction. Spend some time looking around your home and working out where you could make your home more eco-friendly. As well as helping the environment, you will probably have the added bonus of saving yourself some money too – and who doesn’t want some extra cash in their pocket at the moment?
Have you made any changes to your home to make it more eco-friendly? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
*This is a collaborative post.