Sunday 22 August 2021

4 Things You Can Do To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

(Collaborative Post)

Regular readers will know that over the last few years we've tried to live our lives a little more sustainably and recently my sustainable living and eco-friendly posts have had a lot interest. I think I know why.

A mix of house plants along the top of a cabinet

The past year to eighteen months have seen a lot of changes. A knock on effect of the pandemic was reduced travel but there were positives that came from that, including less pollution and an increase in nature and wildlife. The result of that is the world has started to pay more attention to climate change.

With this in mind I thought I'd share the best way to contribute. One of the easiest ways is to minimizing our carbon footprints. Things we do at home are responsible for about 39 percent of all carbon emissions. One of the best ways to do this is making a sustainable change, adopting a little green to your lifestyle and some eco-friendly living practices. 

Here’s how you can be eco-wise in your own home.

Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Did you know that 20 percent of carbon emissions from households are tied to energy consumption? People use up a lot of energy to power, heating and cooling their homes. Look at finding alternatives where possible. Use natural lighting as much as possible and turn off the lights during the day. Also, remember to change your lighting to energy savers like LED bulbs. If you need to use the heating or cooling system, install a thermostat and keep control of the temperature. This will lower your energy bills and minimize your energy consumption.
Recycle Everything Possible
There are so many things that can be recycled in the home. Bottles, glass jars, papers, and plastics. You can also make a compost bin from leftovers and food that you’d usually throw away. This compost bin can then be used to fertilise your garden. If you’re worried that they’ll smell or take up too much space in the house, don’t. Compost bins these days are designed to be portable and odourless.

Plant A Garden
If you have some space in the back or front garden, you can grow your own plants, vegetables, flowers, and herbs in eco plant pots at home. Growing your own vegetables will also give you the chance to eat healthier. You could also grow herbs or plants inside, which can help with the air quality in your home and help lower the carbon dioxide in the house.
Minimise The Use Of Hot Water
Heating water is not energy-efficient, and it generates sizable carbon emissions. Easy ways to reduce your hot water use are pretty obvious. Shower instead of having baths. Don't run the hot tap for too long. You can also try washing your clothes on a lower temperature. 

Extra Tips
Some extra eco-friendly things that you can do include buying reusable water bottles instead of single-use plastics, and buying your groceries locally as much as possible. You could also try and use your car less. 

There are lots of benefits to a greener, more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle, including saving money and a healthier life. If we all start practicing sustainable living more, and we will hopefully slow down climate change and be better off too.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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