Making your home more environmentally friendly

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There are a lot of reasons you might be looking to make your home a little greener, whether it’s reducing your impact on the environment, or just looking to save a little extra money where you can.

There’s also a lot that can go into making your home that much more environmentally friendly, and that’s why we’ve put together this guide on doing just that, to give you a great starting point.

Take care of your household heating

Heating your house and staying warm is always a concern, and this is often one of the biggest sources of energy consumption in a household. If you’re looking to cut down on energy usage and make your home more environmentally friendly, your heating setup will be a really useful starting point.

Boiler installation and handyman in boiler room

For example, you might start by looking at your current boiler. A couple of key questions you might ask yourself are:

  • Do I know how efficient the boiler is?
  • When did I last get it serviced or repaired?
  • How old is the boiler in general?
  • What energy supplier am I using?

After some investigation, you might find that you could really benefit from a newer, greener boiler model that uses energy more efficiently. Coupling this with a supplier like emo would mean you get more affordable fuel, that get used much more efficiently, saving you money in more ways that one.

Also consider how well insulated your home is. While investing in a high-quality boiler is a great step to take, if your home doesn’t keep the heat in and keep the cold out, you’ll still end up burning through more money than you should be. Some other considerations to ensure your home is more environmentally friendly could be:

  • Double glazed windows – Are all the windows in your house double glazed?
  • Insulation – Is your house fully insulated, or are there noticeable gaps in some places?
  • Leakage – Are your taps all secure, to avoid unnecessarily wasting water throughout the year?

Grow your own

If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden of any size, you might start to consider using some of that space to grow your own food. If you’ve got enough room, brighten up your culinary space with some flowers. Not only will it look great, but it’ll help to attract bees, which are an important part of our ecosystem when it comes to pollinating other flowers!

Even if you don’t have a garden, freeing up some space on a windowsill in view of sunlight might be a great way to grow small things, such as herbs!

By growing your own food where possible, you’ll be helping to reduce your carbon footprint, as well as receive the health benefits of organic, home-grown food, free from any potential pesticides that could have been used in large scale farming. By growing your own food, you’ll also avoid playing a part in the ever increasing use of plastics in supermarket food packaging, and avoid taking home unnecessary plastic bags. As 8 million pieces of plastic finds its way into our oceans each year, you’re also playing a part in keeping our waters safe for wildlife.

Making use of waste

Another environmentally friendly benefit of growing your own is that you can start to reuse and repurpose some of your food scraps that might have otherwise gone straight into the rubbish. Pick up a compost bin for your scraps, and you’ll reduce the total amount of waste that gets sent to landfill, while making use of that waste to help grow your own healthy food in the long run.

Keep these tips in mind when you’re thinking about how environmentally friendly your home is, and you’re sure to start making significant positive steps before long!

 

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