Eco Friendly Living To Improve Your Home And Lifestyle
Until recently eco friendly options for the family home have been considered tedious, expensive and time consuming. Thanks to new developments in technology along with an improved awareness of what it actually means to be environmentally friendly, making your home ‘eco friendly’ is easier than ever before. Start by following these simple tips to help make your home more eco friendly.
Use Renewable Energy
Green energy, often referred to as ‘renewable energy’, is energy produced in a manner that has minimal negative impact on the environment. Green energy comes from resources that are naturally replenished by the environment. These include solar power, wind power and hydro power. Your local Green Energy Installer can advise you as to which green energy solutions are likely to best suit your lifestyle and environment.
Solar power systems use the conversion of sunlight into electricity to power your home. Solar power systems can be linked into the existing power grid or can be off-grid. If solar power isn’t an option for you, the installation of a solar hot water system can assist in reducing your carbon footprint and your power bill. To find out which solar energy solution best suits your situation, speak to your local Solar Energy Installer.
Insulate To Reduce Energy Consumption
Insulating your home provides a barrier from heat flow, making your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Having the correct amount of insulation installed in your walls and roof will improve the energy efficiency of your home as well as reducing your power bill. For optimal safety and efficiency, all insulation should be installed by a professional Insulation Installer.
Double Glaze Windows To Improve Energy Efficiency
In addition to improving the energy efficiency of your home, double glazing will also assist in noise reduction. Double glazing acts as a form of insulation for all your glass windows and doors, reducing the home’s reliance on air conditioning for temperature control.
Harvest, Save And Recycle Water
Some plumbers specialise in green plumbing services such as the installation of rain water tanks and grey water systems. A plumber is also able to assess and repair any faulty plumbing. A leaking toilet or a dripping faucet will lose a lot of water if left unattended. You could also ask your local plumber to install water-saving toilet cisterns and shower heads.
Having lights on sensors or timers means that lights will only be switched on when they are in use and will not waste power by being left on indefinitely. It’s also a great idea to have appliances such as air conditioners, pool spa heaters and irrigation systems on automatic timers.
Eco Friendly Gardening
There are many ways you can make your garden more eco-friendly. Making your own compost using vegetable waste will reduce the need for chemicals, save you money and reduce land fill. When considering plants, choose plants that are water-saving, grow a food supply or provide a haven for local birds, bees and butterflies.
Recycling doesn’t need to be hard work. Set yourself and your family up for recycling success by having several bins next to each other that are allocated for the different types of waste.
Making your home eco friendly doesn’t have to be a life changing experience, but making lots of little changes can make a huge difference over time.