Interiors | Environmentally friendly home fixes that can save you money while saving the planet…
When it comes to living an environmentally friendly life, change begins at home. Eco-friendly lifestyle and home solutions are all the rage at the moment, and with good reason. According to the most recent UN report on climate change, we have until 2030 to reduce our collective carbon footprint – or else find ourselves in the midst of an irreversible climate catastrophe.
It may seem too overwhelming a prospect to consider, but you can help by making small changes every day. Leading a more sustainable life needn’t mean shelling out cash for a new electric car. Easy and affordable choices such as Meat-free Mondays, or cycling instead of driving, can make a big difference to your personal emissions. And the changes we make in our own homes can massively reduce the amount of energy we use and the amount of waste we produce – all while reducing our bills.
How can you make your home eco-friendlier – and keep costs down?
I’ve put together a list of sustainable changes you can make in the home to save the planet while saving money.
Use energy efficient LED bulbs or even solar lights
First and foremost, consider the lighting in your home. One of simplest steps you can take toward a more environmentally friendly home is the switch to LED light bulbs. On average, the energy consumption for an LED light bulb is around 30x lower than its incandescent counterpart. As well as having a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs can reduce lighting costs to just 5% of the average electricity bill.
While LED light bulbs are the best choice for your interiors, consider solar lighting for energy-efficient outdoor ambience.
Use dimmer switches for eco-friendly ambience
Environmentally friendly lighting solutions don’t stop at the light bulbs themselves. You can also make energy- and cost-efficient choices in your switches and sockets. Using dimmer switches and opting for low, atmospheric lighting uses far less power than traditional on-off switches. You can also choose smart sockets to ensure that power is only being used by appliances when it needs to be.
Unplug appliances when they aren’t in use
If smart sockets aren’t your thing, always remember to unplug your appliances when you head out or when you aren’t using them. Even when you’re appliances are turned off, they can draw small amounts of energy throughout the day – and that adds up.
Install a smart meter for your heating
Heating is one of the biggest energy uses in the home and it’s very easy to leave heating on for longer than necessary – especially in the winter. A smart meter eliminates this problem by only turning on at certain points in the day.
These small, but effective, changes in the home will help you keep your energy costs down while reducing your environmental impact. If you’re looking to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, these suggestions are a good place to start.