How to Make Your Home Eco Friendly

Get a few helpful tips from guest contributor Tom Nelson on how to make your home eco friendly!

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Having a sustainable lifestyle can seem like a daunting task at times, but there are simple ways that you can make your home eco friendly without breaking the bank. Some people think that an eco-friendly home has to be expensive, but making sustainable choices can also save you money in the long term.

Energy Saving Light Bulbs

Some people are put off green light bulbs because they take a while to warm up and give the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. However, the energy savings are enormous and switching over just one bulb can prevent the emission of 400 pounds of greenhouse gases. There are lots of variations in energy saving bulbs, so shop around for the size and brightness that is right for you. You can save money on electricity bills and benefit the environment at the same time.

Recycling

This is one of the most simple and effective methods that can help make your home eco friendly. Every local council in the UK has a recycling scheme, so there really is no excuse for not recycling in 2014. You can put your glass, plastic, paper, card and cans in the same box and it will be sorted after collection. Rinsing out empty jars only takes a minute, and by recycling you can cut down on the amount of rubbish in the main bin.

Heating Your Home

We don’t have an infinite amount of fossil fuels on this planet, and turning up the thermostat costs the planet and your bank balance dearly. Put on a jumper and extra socks before you consider raising the temperature in your home. You can also buy inexpensive draught excluders to go around windows and doors. Some homes in the UK are eligible for free loft insulation as we lose a lot of heat through uninsulated roofing. Try putting your heating on a timer so that your home is warm when you’re in, and you aren’t wasting money and the planet’s resources on heating when you’re not.

Sustainable Furniture

If you’re buying wooden furniture, it pays to do a bit of research into the company first. Where are they sourcing their wood? Are new trees being planted to compensate for those that are cut down?  Look for a company like Shackletons, to guarantee that you are making a sustainable choice.

Water Waste

We waste a great deal of water in our homes and not only because most of us enjoy long showers in the mornings. To curb your water waste, why not try turning off the taps when you’re brushing your teeth and filling the sink with water rather than leaving the tap running without the plug in when you’re doing the washing up? More ideas on how to save water can be found on the National Trust website.

Written by Tom Nelson

Image by James Wang

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