20 great ideas for being eco-friendly at home….Being eco friendly in the home is easier than you think. It doesn’t mean converting your whole house into a methane burning eco paradise, just changing some things around slightly to help the planet.
From more involved tasks that require the help of a helpful property maintenance professional to simple household tasks you can do yourself, here are 20 great ideas for being eco-friendly at home.
1. Open your blinds: letting light into your property will save you money on your heating. How? Sunlight brings heat with it too, by warming the air trapped inside your home. This means you can save a little money, just by opening your blinds in the morning!
2. Turn it down: By turning down your central heating by just 1 degree, you can save £60 a year on average.
3. Switch appliances: If you want to get serious about being eco friendly at home, it would be a great idea to get some new appliances that are low energy. Washing machines and other white goods appliances that have low energy ratings are much better for the environment as they don’t use as much electricity.
4. Get better bulbs: It may seem like it wouldn’t make much of a difference but changing your regular incandescent bulbs to energy efficient CFL bulbs can save a massive 66% more energy in their lifetime.
5. Do dishes smarter: Avoid pre-rinsing your dishes in the dishwasher to save water and only run your dishwasher on a full load to maximise efficiency.
6. Unplug it: TVs and other appliances can be left on standby for well over 10 hours a day, so unplug your TV or turn it fully off when you’re not using it.
7. Cook smarter: Use both trays in the oven – heat one item up whilst the other is finishing cooking, and never leave the oven door open too long as this lets a lot of heat escape, causing your oven to have to heat your food for longer, using more electricity.
8. Change materials: When buying blankets, it’s more environmentally friendly to buy wool than polyester as wool is much more eco-friendly to produce.
9. Get better glass: Fitting energy-efficient double or triple-glazed windows will ensure that you reduce your heat loss through your windows.
10. Turn off the tap when brushing: You can save a lot of water by just turning off the tap whilst you’re cleaning your teeth.
11. Fix those leaks: Leaks in your toilet or from your sink can cost you a lot of money in the long run, wasting a lot of water. Even with just 1 tap dripping once every minute, you’ll end up wasting 128 litres of water a year.
12. Ditch the bath for the shower: showers can use 14% of the water that baths use, so showers are a great way to save a lot of water – and money!
13. Hang your clothes up: leaving clothes to hang dry instead of using a tumble dryer is an easy way to move towards eco green living. The average tumble dryer will produce 2-3kg of carbon emissions per HOUR, so you’ll definitely be helping the planet by letting your clothes dry naturally.
14. Collect your rainwater: many households are embracing the use of large rainwater collection barrels that go from your gutters. This water can be recycled to water your plants in times without rain and other uses that don’t need fresh, clean water.
Speaking of gutters….
15. Clean your gutters: Cleaning out your gutters, even a few times a year will mean that rainwater can drain easier, or if you’re collecting water, that you collect more of it.
16. Invest in a compost pile: compost is a great use of waste food and green waste in general. It will create a nice home for healthy garden creatures and mean that less waste is sent to landfill to generate greenhouse gasses.
17. Switch on ‘ECO’: Most modern boilers have an ‘ECO’ setting, which, when selected, disables the pre-heat function in your boiler. This function would usually have the water preheated all the time, so hot water is instant, but this is obviously not a great way to manage energy, so select ECO and save yourself some energy and money!
18. Set your thermostat: Most modern thermostats have automatic settings which means you can set it to come on when you’re usually home from work, so that you only use energy when you need to. In addition to this, you can also set your thermostat to only come on at a certain temperature.
19. Insulate your property: By using draught excluders and loft insulation, you can save a lot of energy by stopping it from leaving your house in the first place.
20. Invest in solar panels: If you fancy yourself as more of an eco-warrior, solar panels might be a great way to save energy in your house. They’re on the expensive side, but they’re the way to go if you want to generate electricity without using greenhouse gas producing fossil fuels.
So, there are 20 ways you can embrace eco green living, just in your own home. From simple things like unplugging your TV, to more expensive investments like solar panels, it’s clear that it doesn’t take much to do your part for the planet.