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Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Saving The Planet One House At A Time

Green living is becoming more and more popular, as it can help the planet, and save you money at the same time. Sometimes it might seem like anything you do isn’t going to make a difference anyway, because everybody else is still living an irresponsible lifestyle. That’s not the attitude to have, every small change makes a difference. There are plenty of things that you can do around your own home to reduce energy wastage and save a bit of extra cash. If you want to make your home more environmentally friendly, here are a few tips.

Insulation

One of the main reasons that we use so much energy to warm our homes is because they are losing massive amounts of heat all of the time. There are some quick fixes to this problem, like putting draught excluders under all of the doors. If this doesn’t quite cut it, then you might need to look at the insulation in your house. Calling in a roofer to properly insulate your house could save you thousands in energy bills over the coming years. Having the walls insulated might be a bit more troublesome, but if you have the time and the money, it is worth having done.

Solar Panels

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Getting solar panels might seem like an expensive outlay, but a lot of companies offer a payback service that could extend as far as ten years. You will be making your own energy from day one, making your energy bills almost nothing. In fact, you can actually make money by selling any surplus energy that you create during the summer months. All of this extra money can be used to pay off the cost of installing the solar panels in the first place, and your house will be run on entirely clean energy.

Update Heating

Even if you make an effort to insulate the house, and add some solar panels to the roof, an outdated heating system will keep your bills high. It is a big initial expense, but replacing the boiler with a newer, more efficient one, will save you lots of money. It also reduces the risk of dangerous gases like Carbon Monoxide being released and harming you and your family.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We’ve all heard this one before, but most people think that it’s just about the rubbish you produce. Almost everybody recycles the rubbish that they can, but there is so many other ways that you can reuse things around the home. Instead of throwing things away, see if there is anything that you can use them for first. Old clothes can easily be turned into toys for your pets if you have any, and old tin cans can be made into flowerpots, for example.

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There are plenty of companies out there that are selling furniture made from reclaimed wood, so if you don’t fancy making your own, you can still help the planet by buying them. Another good place to get furniture is from second-hand shops, it might need a bit of restoring but this is a fun project that will give you some lovely furniture for a fraction of the price of buying new.

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The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

The Painless Changes You Can Make Towards A Green Home

Yes, it’s time for that talk. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is having the hottest year on record. For eleven months in a row, we’ve been warmer than every other year. This April was hotter than last April. October just passed was hotter than all the other Octobers before it. If that isn’t a bit of a wakeup call for us to live more sustainably, I don’t want to know what the tipping point will be. The easiest place to start making those changes in your life is in your very own home. So, let’s look at a few.

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Keep the heat in

We’ve been talking about getting cozy for the winter for some time now. It’s easier to do that if you make a few changes to the home. You don’t have to go mad on your energy bill. Instead, focus on how your house maintains its own climate for longer. Make sure you’re insulating properly. Not just fitting insulation in the roof. You should be caulking any gaps in your windows and using draft excluders. You should also insulate your pipes so that your water heater can be a lot more effective at its job.

Take care of your tech

If you want to reduce your energy bill (and your carbon footprint) you need to look at your electronic appliances. There are a few ways to make sure they’re better at their job. For one, make sure they’re cleaned and maintained. A dusty AC is going to be a much less energy efficient AC. The better condition they’re kept in, the more work they can do with less energy. Of course, there comes a time that it’s a lot more energy efficient to think of a replacement. This is particularly true of refrigerators and HVAC equipment. If yours is really starting to show its age, it might be a good idea to find heaters here and other places. They now come with energy ratings so you can make a more responsible choice right off the bat.

Be water conscious

Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, it doesn’t all start and stop with energy use. Your water is just as important a part of living sustainably. Water shortages are already starting to rear their ugly head. As time goes on, it’s believed that it might be one of the greatest crises that we face as species. So let’s start using less now. For instance, you start fitting water-smart heads onto your shower as well as your faucets. Meaning you spend less water for every second that your water is running. If you garden, you should also consider recycling bath and dish water. Grey water, as it’s known, poses no harm to your garden.

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Plant a tree

If you have the space for it, then why not go full steam ahead and use that space? For one, trees are gorgeous and you should be happy to have one in your garden. They also shade your home during the summer. That means that indoor climate control is even easier. Most importantly, trees are a habitat. As we keep building houses and cities, we are reducing the amount of homes for nature. Planting a tree means building a home for nature in your own garden. If we don’t start providing a home nature and we keep taking its home, then it has no place to go and simply ceases to be.

The fourth R is replace

Reduce, reuse and recycle are some good lessons to live by. But replacing should be just as big a part of your plan. In particular, you should be reducing the materials that you’re using in your home. For one, let’s look at how we use paper. A lot of us still print out paper for home business and bookkeeping like it comes from the thin air. Going paperless not only makes it easier to organize all your documents but it saves money. As does relying more on reusable cloth wipes than paper towels in the kitchen. There are other tech-y changes you can make in the home, too. For instance, using LED lights instead of your standard ones.

Mind how you clean

This is a tip for those who are both environmentally conscious and concerned about their everyday health. Household cleaners are easily one of the biggest culprits of ground water and air contamination. They’re not only bad for nature. They’re bad for us, too. They can cause asthma and exacerbate breathing conditions. In some serious cases, household cleaners have even shown links to central nervous system damage. Start switching them out for more health and eco-friendly green cleaning alternatives. You’ll be protecting your own health. You’ll also be protecting the water and the health of all the plant life around you. It’s time to put a stop to the toxic effects we have every day without knowing.

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Have a meat-free day

I’m not telling you to go all vegan on us. We know that people like their meat. We also know that it’s nutritious and an easy way to contribute to an all-rounded diet. But the fact is that meat production is another one of those huge parts of the carbon footprint that we make on the world. Being more sustainable means using less. The simple fact is that meat is one of the least energy efficient ways of feeding ourselves. The solution is simple. On Monday, just don’t eat meat. There are plenty of great vegetarian options that taste just fine. You can go a day without meat, so do it. It’s the equivalent of not driving your car for a day, after all.

Let’s be honest, none of these changes are all that hard. Soon as we spend some time acclimating, it’s not much of a change at all. So, let’s take the time to get off our backsides and make those changes. Let’s see how far we take it and start working to leave a better planet for our kids.

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