A full-blown eco makeover for your home may take its toll on your purse strings so instead, try making the small changes now that make a big difference. You don’t need to invest in the latest eco gadget or expensive green appliance to run an efficient household. It only takes a few small but important measures like the ones below to practise good green living.
If you’re considering a home renovation, try incorporating some of the following steps to help save the environment and save your pennies in the process.
Donate Unwanted Items
Donating items that no longer serve a purpose to you is essential to the ecological cycle and is something that can bring about many added rewards if you know where to look. If you choose to sell your unwanted items such as old furniture to charities like Habitat for Humanity, you can discard your old items safely and in a way that benefits the underprivileged. 100% of HFH’s proceeds are used to build new homes from the donated materials, allowing you to give something back to the environment and your local community.
Use Low-voc Paint
Low-voc paints (paints that are low in ‘volatile organic compounds’) are a safe and entirely odourless alternative to regular paints. Standard paints are full of toxins and they not only pollute the atmosphere but they can cause respiratory diseases and severe headaches long after the paint has dried.
When repainting your home, always be on the lookout for low-voc paints. These paint types are near to 100% acrylic, making them ideal for home life as they improve the air quality and are generally a cheaper choice.
Buy Re-purposed Items
In addition to donating your old possessions, ensure that any new possessions brought into the home are not always brand new. Reclaimed and re-purposed materials have a charm and personality that brand new items lack and they can offer an affordable alternative when it comes to redecorating. Browse around antique and salvage shops for inspiration, there may be a vintage chest of drawers or dining table full of character that could compliment your home decor perfectly – without costing the Earth.
A well-insulated home is always a happy one, both financially and ecologically. Taking as many measures as you can to prevent energy escaping, extending your home’s lifespan and ensures you will always be protected from the elements. There are many insulation options to consider so choose one that suits your needs at home. For example, you may wish to invest in underfloor insulation if you have a Victorian home that lets heat escape through gaps and cracks in the floorboards.
Insulate your home further by trapping heat and energy lost through your doors and windows. Invest in a secure, energy-efficient window solution to preserve energy in an attractive style that is both durable and kind to the environment.