These days it’s almost impossible to go about your daily life without hearing about global warming and the ‘greenhouse effect’, and with energy bills rising steadily each year, now’s the time to evaluate your home’s efficiency. There are various ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and implementing a lot of small changes can often add up to make a huge impact on the environment. We’ve compiled a list of 6 ideas to make your home eco-friendly create a more sustainable world for future generations, and the best part is that most of them require very minimal expenditure.
Every home in the UK should have separate recycling bins, and it’s important to use them as they’ve been proven to reduce the amount of waste in landfill sites dramatically. The problem with NOT recycling is that many items take a long time to biodegrade naturally. For example, a tin can will take approximately 100 years to biodegrade, while your average plastic bottle takes between 450 – 1000 years! In order to make the recycling process more efficient, it’s imperative to separate everyday waste into the correct recycling bins and keep any items that you may re-use at a later date (eg – Glass Jars, Bottles, etc…). Be sure to put your recycling box out the night before a collection and if you do not have separate recycling bins, you can order some from your local council free of charge.
When it comes to recycling, it pays to keep an open mind. If you are a keen gardener, you may wish to consider turning your food & garden waste into nutrient-rich compost, as it will not only benefit your garden, but also save you £££’s on expensive bags of compost from your local garden centre! All you need to start composting is a compost bin (can be purchased from your local garden centre) or a small area in your garden where you can create a ‘compost stack’. The contents should take around a month to decompose before it is suitable for your garden, but you should see positive results fairly quickly once you have added it to the soil. We recommend you only use fruit and veg if residing in an urban area, otherwise you may attract some unwelcome guests!
According to a recent survey by the Energy Saving Trust, lighting accounts for a staggering 18% of a typical home energy bill. One of the easiest ways to reduce your energy bill is to change the type of light bulbs you use, as modern lighting is not only more efficient but also has a much longer lifespan than its predecessors. It may be worth investing in some Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), as these will surpass the majority of lighting requirements within a modern home. You could even use a mixture, as CFLs provide great for ambient lighting while LEDs are perfectly suited to spotlighting. Last but not least, always remember to switch off lights when a room is not in use, as this will also help reduce your energy bills and prolong their life expectancy.
Over the last decade, many homes across the UK have been replacing their old night storage heaters with more modern, efficient models. The problem with traditional night storage heaters is that they require a lot of electricity to heat up and take a long time to reach optimal operating temperature. In addition to this, they also have a tendency to waste energy through heat dissipation. It may be worth upgrading to modern storage heaters that require much less time and electricity to reach operating temperature and therefore, provide a vastly cost-efficient alternative.
You wouldn’t go outside in the Winter without appropriate clothing (hat, scarf, coat, etc…) and the same applies to your home. There are various ways to enhance the insulation in your home such as adding cavity wall insulation, increasing loft insulation, covering boiler(s) and exposed pipes or fitting draught excluders. The benefits will almost certainly outweigh the costs, as insulation materials are relatively cheap and the majority of work can be carried out by a competent DIY’er.
If you live in an older property with single-glazed windows, it may be worth considering upgrading to modern double or triple-glazed windows. Although the initial installation costs may be relatively high, you should benefit from a £100 reduction on your annual heating bill. Find out more in our recent blog Home Insulation: Top to Bottom.
Plants Are Good
Plants can add a much-needed splash of colour to your home, but they can also have considerable effects on your health. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen via a process known as photosynthesis, thereby improving the airflow and quality of air in your home; some species also absorb Carbon Monoxide which can be fatal if left to build up in a confined space. Plants have also been proven to reduce stress and background noise, creating a more tranquil setting in your home.
There’s loads of ways to achieve an eco-friendly home, such as switching off unused electrical sockets, boiling only the water you need (Heating water uses a huge amount of energy) and adjusting your thermostat, but these six simple tips should provide a great platform on which to build. CPM (Complete Project Management) specialise in heating, plumbing and home insulation solutions, so why not call us today on 01392 363999 or contact us online for more information and take the first steps toward an eco-friendly home.