Across the world, we are all becoming more conscious of the effect we have on the environment. We are also continually looking for ways to be more energy efficient. It is appreciated by many that the world only has so many resources and if we don’t all slow down, they are going to run out sooner than we’d hoped. If you’re wondering how you can contribute to the sustainability of the environment as well as make your daily life safer and healthier, here are some ways you can do just that. Many of the improvements you can make in your home require sizeable investment. However, there are also ways you can be more planet-friendly without breaking the bank.
Be very mindful of how and where you use your water and try to be smarter. A good place to start is to check for any leaks and fix them. After that, there are a number of small lifestyle changes you can make that will make a difference. Consider a low-flow shower head and toilet. Don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Use your washing up water for watering plants (provided you use an eco-friendly detergent and allow the water to go cold first).
Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
They’ve been around for a long time, but there are still people that have incandescent bulbs in their home. They were banned by the EU a few years ago, but it is still possible to buy them. It’s time to change these for energy efficient alternatives because they last longer and use less electricity. There is research being done to manufacture incandescent bulbs that are more efficient, because many people prefer the warm glow they emit rather than the cold light given off by LEDs or fluorescent bulbs.
Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Heating
Column radiators have traditionally been very popular and are currently enjoying a comeback. Suppliers such as Warmrooms, now stock aluminium radiators that are lightweight, allowing them to heat up much quicker and use less water. When compared with old-fashioned cast iron column radiators they are more cost-efficient, energy efficient and eco-friendly.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Take a look in your cleaning cupboard and it’s likely to contain a variety of cleaning products that contain some of the nastiest chemicals. If the label says hazardous, and many of them do, it’s going to be damaging to your health as well as the environment. We’ve been fooled into thinking that we need these noxious chemicals to clean away grime, but in actual fact, most day-to-day cleaning tasks require nothing more than natural products such as vinegar, baking soda and citric acid.
Compost Your Food Waste
You may be lucky enough to have a composting service provided by your local authority. However, it is possible to make use of your kitchen scraps and leftover food and turn them into compost. It may surprise you how much food you throw away. Add in garden waste from fallen leaves, grass cuttings and waste paper, and before you know it, you will have created your own growing medium.
These are just a small number of ways you can make a difference to the world around you and in your home. It doesn’t take a huge amount of money or time, just a little thought about the things you do as part of your daily routine.