We hear a lot about the importance of becoming greener a lot lately and that’s because it has become a very pressing concern for the entire world. Carbon emission and damages to the earth have grown significantly and therefore we need to do everything we can to help slow it down. Whether it’s simple acts like turning your thermostat a few degrees lower or going full ball and eating a Vegan diet, there are several ways that we can reduce the damage we are causing and go greener and cheaper at home.
Let’s have a look at some of the low and high-cost things you can do to live cheaper and greener:
Making Your Home Greener And Cheaper
Many people think that going green in the home means that you need to spend a lot of money, however, this isn’t the case, there are numerous ways you can help the Earth that doesn’t cost a fortune but save you money in the long run. Some of these include:
- Unplug any unused electrical appliances such as chargers. They can still use energy when not in use. This also applies for leaving your TV on standby.
- Turn off any water supplies that aren’t been used.
- Swap your bulbs for energy-efficient ones.
- Foam filler is a better insulator so choose this to take care of drafts in your windows.
- Swap your shower-head to a slow-flow style. This can save you energy and water and help to reduce utility costs.
- Lower your thermostat a few degrees when at home.
- Lower your thermostat by ten to fifteen degrees when not at home, you could always look to get a smart thermostat that you can control from your phone and then turn your heating on and off when you’re on your way home.
- Wash your clothes on a lower temperature, many detergents are now designed to work at temperatures as lower as 20degrees.
- Limit the use of electric blankets and portable heaters, these can use a scary amount of energy.
- Start a compost pile and make use of your food and garden waste to grow you garden.
If you want to go even greener and drastically improve the efficiency of your home you might want to consider investing a little bit money into your property. Some of the methods you can use include:
- Adding insulation to your loft space, it can improve your heating, reduce drafts and reduce your overall household costs.
- Install solar panels, using purely green energy can be a real forward-thinking way of helping the environment as well as saving you money, although it can be expensive to have solar panels installed there are often government programmes with grants that can help.
- Carry out an energy audit, it can cost a little bit to have an energy performance audit carried out but they’re worth it. It can highlight any problem areas so you can start to work to make your home as green as possible.
These are just a few of the many ways you can become greener at home. Do you have any others that you can share in the comments below?