Organising your home so that it is more eco-friendly doesn’t have to break the bank nor become an inconvenience. Over and above having renewable technologies like solar panels installed, there are plenty of things you can do to live a greener and healthier life.
Create a Recycling Area
We all need to do our share of recycling and having an area in your house dedicated to it can make all the difference. Most of us are aware of the need to separate out plastics, cardboard, tins, and paper. But what about other things like batteries or old electronics or toys? Check with your local Council for regulations and safe disposal methods of certain items, such as batteries.
Develop that Outdoor Space
If you have a garden, then it’s time to give the wildlife a helping hand. Planting the right flowers that will attract bees can make a big difference to the environment. Include some birdfeeders or make an insect habitat and you suddenly have a haven for all sorts of animals.
- Give the birds somewhere to raise their young by putting up some nesting boxes.
- Birds like tits and goldfinches love the security of trees and bushes where they can hide from predators.
- It’s easy to give a home to insects, just put some wood, leaves or fruit in a pile in the corner of your garden.
- Leave a patch of your garden untended and let it grow wild, so small animals can have cover.
- Feed your garden with a compost heap – it helps get rid of vegetable waste in a sustainable way and it’s good for the soil.
- If you live in the city, why not think about the possibility of a green roof.
Add Timers to your Lights
As well as using energy saving light bulbs, putting the switch on a timer can ensure that you don’t use unnecessary electricity. There’s a wide variety available nowadays including programmable systems that can switch your lights on and off when it is most beneficial.
Repair Things if you can
With a little ingenuity and application you don’t need to get rid of damaged furniture or clothes, try repairing them instead and help reduce your level of consumerism. If you do have to buy things then make sure they are from eco-friendly suppliers.
Don’t Block Those Radiators
It’s tempting to put that sofa against the wall where the radiator is but it can block the heat in winter and make you use more energy than is needed. Allow enough space around any heating appliance to let the air circulate.
Make your Home Winter Ready
There are plenty of places for heat to escape, especially in old houses. If you want to save on your fuel bills make sure that your doors have draft excluders and keep the warmth in rooms with a few draft snakes. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees and you can save a whole lot more. According to The Energy Savings Trust, just a 1 degree change can knock on average £75 of your next fuel bill.
Another way to make sure you are ready for the winter is to check on your insulation. Find our comprehensive guide here.
Finally, Put on a Jumper
If you get into the habit of putting on some warmer clothing in winter then you’ll be saving more money. We’re not suggesting that you should put on a hundred layers and walk around like the Michelin man but putting on a jumper instead of turning up the heating makes more sense and is one of the simplest eco-friendly thing you can do.
Izzy represents Diamond Interiors’ UK following. With her very keen eye for style and design, she is an absolute wealth of information and advice in the world of interiors. To read more from Izzy, visit her blog: The Home of Inspiration.