How to make your home greener
Making your home greener doesn't have to be a difficult task, and what's more it can often result in saving you money, as well as the environment! Take a look at our top tips to make your home more environmentally friendly:
Recycling is something that is so simple to do both in terms of recycling used products, such as plastic, paper and glass, and in buying used goods. It's often possible to find second-hand items such as sofas or refrigerators in good condition for a fraction of the price of buying brand new, which is both easy on the environment and on your bank balance.
Use water-based paints
When redecorating, use water-based instead of using oil-based paints, which are less energy-efficient to make. These paints work just as well and can also be more aesthetically pleasing.
Keep your boiler serviced
Old boilers can be inefficient when compared to the latest versions. As such, aim to renew your boiler every 10 years or so to ensure it has the latest technology and is as efficient as possible.
Fitting low energy light bulbs instead of your traditional bulbs can save a great deal of electricity. They also have the potential of reducing your energy bill by up to £10 a year per bulb.
Simple things such as turning the tap off while you're brushing your teeth or shaving and turning the shower off while lathering up, can save a significant amount of water. You can also save water by using a flush-reducing device in your toilet's cistern. This is an inexpensive way of cutting the amount of water used every time you flush.
Don't waste energy
Wasting energy is easy to do, but there are steps you can take to reduce that. Turning appliances off rather than leaving them on standby and not leaving the fridge door open while you decide what to take from it are both simple ways of cutting down on unnecessary energy use.
Installing underfloor heating can be a more efficient way of heating your home, compared to radiators. While the installation can be costly, it is more environmentally friendly and in the long term will end up saving you money.
Cavity wall insulation
Insulating cavity walls and lofts will help your home to retain heat and therefore reduce energy loss. This is something that tends to be taken into consideration with new builds, but older properties often have uninsulated cavity walls.
Installing double-glazed windows has the potential to save a great deal of energy, and is therefore better for the environment. They also tend to be better for keeping noise from the street out than single-glazed windows.
Draughts from doors, windows and chimneys can cause significant energy wastage. Simply by blocking these draughts with padded draught-excluders you can reduce such waste. Additionally, using thick, heavy curtains over windows and doors can help conserve energy and are much more effective than blinds.
As you can see, by making some simple changes to your home it is possible to make it more eco-friendly. Additionally, many of these changes whilst being good for the environment could also have a positive long-term effect on your bank balance.