If you’re not sure exactly what being eco-friendly really means then you’re in the right place to get some answers and, maybe, put you onto a path that will make you live a life that understands and reflects the environment.
There is a simple ethos to becoming eco-friendly and it’s not all about recycling your household waste in the appropriate containers, switching off lights or charging devices when you don’t need them. It’s more about an approach to life where you understand how the choices you make affect not only your immediate environment but life on a global scale as well.
By learning what can help you to become eco-friendly just follow some basic principles, apply them to your life, and then see how you can make your home an environmentally friendly living space.
- Work on understanding what items to consume that cause the least environmental harm.
- Find out how large your carbon footprint is and examine ways you can lessen that and benefit the environment.
- Support other people and organisations working to produce and live in communities that are eco-friendly and sustainable.
These three stages will guide you to ways of challenging what you do already and what you can do in future to change your approach to life. Look at your car driving habits, how you dispose of waste and hoe you treat packaged goods, especially food, and cut down on what you buy. Packaged apples, for example, are generally more expensive than loose ones and buying packaged goods is often unnecessary as it adds to the waste you must dispose of.
Making your home eco-friendly can make a real difference to the way you live your life and help you consider further changes that will be environmentally beneficial.
Tips to help make you home more eco-friendly
There are plenty of ways to address making your home more eco-friendly and they can also help save you money, always a benefit. Here are a few suggestions that are easy to implement.
- Energy bills are always a problem as prices seem to continue going up, especially when winter is approaching. Look at installing energy efficient lighting systems throughout your home to cut down on both the amount of energy you use and your bills. If light switches are at the top and bottom of stairs, for example, they’re easier to switch off. If you don’t need the light, don’t use it, and make sure you have energy efficient light bulbs to again reduce your energy coats. Consider green energy.
- Installing window shutters will make a real difference to your carbon footprint and keeping your energy costs down. By using shutters made from sustainable timber or PVC you have window coverings that last for up to 20 years, require little maintenance apart from light dusting or vacuuming and don’t have to be removed for cleaning. As well as cutting down on the maintenance costs, shutters also give you exceptional insulation, reducing heating bills in colder months and keeping rooms cool when it’s hotter so you may not need a fan or air conditioning.
- Water is a precious commodity and is taken for granted in many places but is in short supply in many parts of the world. You could consider water as a right but also a resource that should be treated with respect. You can easily reduce your water consumption by taking a shower rather than a bath, by investing in water-saving taps and even by diverting waste water and rainwater to a water butt for use in the garden.
- Insulation can make a major difference to retaining heat in your home. Double or triple glazing will make your windows an effective barrier against the cold, and a simple and inexpensive way to prevent draughts from under doors is to use draught excluders on the floor. Roof insulation is also an important way of preventing heat loss. Heat rises and if you have poor insulation you’ll just lose heat that could otherwise be trapped and keep warmth in the home.
- Solar panels can be a good way of reducing your energy bills but before you go that route you need to explore the options available, including where they would be placed on your home and what the real benefits would be. If you do decide to install, make sure you own them rather than a company that is effectively leasing your roof space.
Being eco-friendly is not difficult but you do need to make choices. You can make a real difference to the environment by those choices and can encourage family and friends to do the same.