There are numerous ways that people can make minor adaptions in order to live a greener lifestyle and you don’t even have to be a fully paid up environmentalist to understand the benefit. Not only can changing a few things around the home help ease the burden on the planet, it can help to save money too.
Detailed below are ten tips to make your home greener and cleaner.
1. Choose durable items
When looking for furniture, choose something that has been built to last and offers durability to limit the need to dispose of furniture. For instance, the Divan Beds Centre has a range of high quality beds what will stand the test of time.
2. Grow your own vegetables
There’s no need to get an allotment to grow your vegetables; just a small patch in the garden will suffice. When you have recovered the initial costs, growing your own vegetables can save money and. as they will be organic, there are fewer chemicals to worry about.
3. Rechargeable batteries
Batteries are difficult to recycle and it can be expensive to keep buying them. Investing in a battery charger and buying rechargeable batteries will help save money, and it is better for the environment.
4. Make your own household cleaners
The typical household cleaners we buy from a supermarket tend to be full of chemicals, and they are often expensive. For a greener house, try making your own. White vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda are cost-effective natural cleaners that are kinder to the environment and more cost effective.
Composting is an effective way of creating natural fertiliser and lowering the amount of landfill waste. Food waste, garden waste, weeds, grass, clippings, coffee grounds and shredded newspaper are all good materials for adding to a compost heap.
6. Reduce your use of plastic bags
In 2014, it was estimated that we used more than 7 billion carrier bags; this is damaging to the environment, and can be costly to nature as well. Efforts are being made to encourage consumers to not to use so many carrier bags, such as the introduction of a small fee.
To better protect the environment, instead of using plastic carrier bags, buy a bag for life or a textile bag they can be used time and time again.
7. Don’t leave appliances on standby
Another tip for a greener home – and for reducing energy bills – is to not leave appliances on standby. It’s estimated that we could save £30 a year simplt by not leaving items on in standby mode.
8. Energy Star ratings
When buying a new electrical product check the energy star ratings. Choosing an appliance with a low energy star rating is better for the environment, and will also help you to save money on your electricity bills.
While some people are reluctant to make the initial investment, insulation can save money in the long term by preventing the loss of valuable heat.
10. Low-energy lightbulbs
Fitting low energy or LED lightbulbs is one of the simplest things that you can do to make your home greener. Not only do they help the householder save money on their electricity bills but, as they last so much longer, low energy light bulbs help to reduce the impact on landfill waste.