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Ways To Go Green in 2013

Ways to go green in 2013With so much news coverage surrounding the environment, it is perhaps time that people worked a little harder at being green around the home. Although just about everyone recycles these days, there are a few gadgets and products out there which can help you not only save the environment, but also save you money.

Invest in LED Lighting

Probably one of the most forthcoming household technologies in the next ten or so years, LED lights are a great investment to both the environment and your electricity bills.

As they operate at a 80 per cent efficiency (compared to the 20 per cent efficiency of conventional light bulbs), they save both energy and money and better yet, they can last for up to 50,000 hours, compared to the 1000 hours of incandescent light bulbs. A good investment are for example GU10 LED bulbs available from the LED Lighting Depot that can help you to lower your energy bills and do something good for the environment, too.

With LED lighting leading the way in household technology, it is expected that within the next decade or so, nearly every home will be stocked with light emitting diodes.

Check out the Green Deal

If you live in the UK, then you’re lucky enough to be able to take advantage of the Government’s Green Deal.

Working almost in the form of a loan, the Green Deal is a scheme which helps homeowners and businesses afford renewable or energy efficient technology.

By taking a small loan from selected companies such as B&Q, people are able to install solar panels, heating, double glazing and other technologies to their homes.

The great news however, is that the loan is not only paid back through bills, but the loan stays with the house and not the owner.
To add to this, if it is found that the requested technology will not financially benefit you, you will not be eligible for the deal; meaning that it will always be in your benefit if approved.

Invest in Bamboo Flooring

Ways to go green in 2013Though the idea of installing bamboo flooring in your home may seem a little backwards in regards to being green, the truth is that bamboo is one of the best natural materials when it comes to flooring.

As bamboo grows at a far quicker rate than any other type of wood, it is a far more sustainable option when it comes to hardwood flooring; mostly due to the fact that the root of the bamboo stalk stays within the ground.

In fact, it can take an Oak tree around 120 years to be strong enough to be harvested for wood; meaning that if you want to add a greener edge to your home without venturing into carpets or engineered flooring.

Of course, the bonus of hardwood flooring is that it can actually raise the value of your home if you are looking to sell it in the near future. Not only that but studies have also shown that when noted in the buyer’s guide, homes with hardwood flooring will actually sell quicker than those without.

It is important to remember however, that engineered flooring is also a sustainable option in regards to flooring and despite popular conception, it does not devalue your home whatsoever; the price will of course remain the same.

Updated: October 24, 2013 — 1:59 pm

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