As environmental concerns become increasingly pressing, the way that we live in our homes has become more important than ever. If you are wondering how to make your home more eco friendly, we have some answers for you that are surprisingly easy. By making small tweaks to your lifestyle and the way your home uses energy, it is possible to both have an eco-friendly home and save a lot on energy bills in the process.
In need of inspiration to make your home more green? Read on for our tips on how to make your home more eco friendly.
Switch to energy efficient bulbs
Changing from incandescent to energy-saving light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to cut your electricity bills and reduce your carbon footprint. More efficient and more durable than traditional lights, energy-saving bulbs will help to make your home that little bit greener.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
The most obvious way to make your house greener is to reduce, reuse and recycle. Wherever you can, whether it’s clothes, food containers or wrapping paper, think about environmentally-friendly ways of buying and disposing of your things. For example, rather than buying new clothes, consider swapping with friends or using resale apps like Depop and Ebay. You might find a tote bag in a charity shop that you can use instead of plastic carrier bags at the supermarket. You can recycle empty toiletries at certain retailers, such as Boots. And of course, reusable water bottles are now seen as an obvious alternative to plastic bottles.
Use water efficiently
Some simple tricks can really help reduce water wastage. Firstly, use a bowl in the sink when washing your fruit and vegetables, then reuse this water for your plants. Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth, as a running tap uses up to nine litres of water a minute. Only boil the water you need to save water and energy. And finally, wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine.
Go paperless for your bills
No one likes having to file bank statements and utility bills. Make your life easier and a little greener by going paperless. Having electronic bills means you can’t lose them, too. Win win.
Support your local shops
It has become even more evident since the COVID-19 pandemic how vital it is that we shop local. This ensures that the food, products and services we buy have as small a carbon footprint as possible and supports the local community. Consider local businesses when you’re buying a gift, decorating your home or simply buying your groceries.
Cut down on meat
Make your kitchen a veggie-friendly zone. It’s not about feeling pressure to cut out all the things you love – just cutting back on animal products will do a lot to help the environment. Meat and dairy contribute to the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, so any attempt to reduce your meat consumption will have a positive impact on greenhouse emissions. As well as being more eco friendly, it will do wonders for your health and encourage you to get creative with your cooking.
Buy natural products
For a quick and easy route to reducing your home’s carbon footprint, turn to eco-friendly household products. There are plenty of energy-conscious alternatives to shampoo, cleaning products and everyday household items. If you can buy them at a local business, even better!
We hope you have found this article helpful in making your home more eco friendly. Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more tips and tricks to make your home as green as it can be.