10 tips for eco-friendly living

Easy Eco-friendly home changes

It is becoming increasingly important to be sustainable and eco-friendly in today’s society.

There are a number of small changes you can make to your home to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here is a list of 10 things that can help you create a more sustainable home.

1. Change to LED lightbulbs 

This is the first and easiest change you may make to your home. LED lightbulbs last much longer than regular bulbs, and use only a fraction of the energy.

There are so many designs and brightnesses, so you don’t have to compromise on the look and feel of your home’s lighting.

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2. Switch to energy-efficient technology

Rather than simply turning your tech devices off, you can go a step further.

You can opt for more energy-efficient devices that will save you money on energy bills in the long-term.

3. Get a programmable/smart thermostat

Programmable or Smart thermostats can help save energy and money as they will reduce energy consumption at peak times, as well as regulate the temperature of your home in a cost-effective way.

4. Insulate your home

If your home is well insulated, then it will keep your house warm or cool, which will save you turning on the heating or the air-conditioning, which uses up energy. Find out more. 

5. Drainage systems

Systems can be put in to ensure that the water in the building is re-used and that waste can be disposed of safely and efficiently.

Drains can be configured so they can lead to gardens, which will allow you to collect rainwater to water your plants.

6. Get a water filter

A home water filter system will not only increase the quality and purity of your water but will cut down on water waste, resource use and pollution.

This is an easy and cheap job and can be completed by a trained plumber or engineer.

7. Get a low-flow showerhead

A low-flow showerhead will ensure that you can have a hot shower, and not worry so much about how much energy or water you are swilling down the drain.

A low-flow showerhead will save energy and water, which in turn will save you money on utility bills.

8. Locally sourced construction materials

When constructing or renovating, try to ensure that you source materials locally. There are so many benefits to using local or regional manufacturers and materials.

Sustainable materials will be renewable, non-toxic and safe for the environment as well as look wonderful in your home.

Most materials will be recyclable too, which will decrease what you will throw into landfill.

9. Window treatments

By sealing gaps, double glazing or upgrading your window frames will allow the heat of your home to stay in, so you are not wasting money and energy on heating a house that let it all out. Learn more here.

10. Recycling and compost bins

Recycling your house and food waste will reduce your carbon footprint even more, and is a really simple way of doing your bit.

What you are able to recycle will depend on where you live, but there are recycling banks and rubbish clearance companies that will take away and recycle most of the things that the community councils won’t accept.

Check your local recycling regulations here.