In these days of environmental awareness, we are all more conscious of how we live our lives in terms of preserving natural resources. There are some key steps you can take in your own home to ensure that you are living in as eco-friendly a way as possible.
Step 1: Insulation
There is no point in heating your home if a large percentage of the energy is being wasted. Make sure that you have a well-insulated roof, cavity wall insulation if you have an older style property and snug-fitting windows and doors. If you can’t replace your doors or windows fit draught excluders and heavy curtains for Winter, as this can make a big difference to how much you need to heat your rooms.
Step 2: Water Efficiency
If your home isn’t water efficient you are literally flushing money down the drain with higher water bills. The first step is to make sure that you don’t have any water leaks, such as a dripping tap or overflowing cistern pipe. As you replace bathroom and kitchen fittings choose low flow showerheads and aerated taps. You can even opt for a new dual flush toilet or if you want to make your existing toilet more water-efficient, add a cistern displacement device to it, as this can save a litre of water on every flush.
Step 3: Home Appliances
Choose energy-efficient appliances where possible such as lightbulbs, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators. A place to make big savings is by your choice of washing machine and dishwasher, as these can be both energy and water-efficient. Select the largest and most efficient models you can afford and always run them on a full load. Ensuring they are as full as possible, every time means that they use less water and because you run them less often you are making a dual saving.
Step 4: Heating
A real flame fire is a very attractive feature in a home but we often shy away from them because they are viewed as difficult to install, messy and not an environmentally friendly option. That changed with the advent of bioethanol as these are the very essence of green living. Easy to install, you don’t even need a chimney, extremely safe and clean, and the ultimate in eco-friendly living as they burn 98% efficient fuel.
Step 5: Drive Green
Your choice of vehicle can make a big difference to how eco-friendly you are in your daily life. Of course, the most efficient green option is to take public transport or to cycle but that isn’t usually practical if you have a family or a long commute to work every day. A green choice would be to opt for a hybrid vehicle, as these produce less pollution during production and cut exhaust emissions dramatically. Whereas hybrid cars can be more expensive when you buy them, you will save money in fuel costs over the lifetime of the car. They are also often cheaper to insure and to tax.
One of the biggest advantages of living green is that you are not only doing your part in helping to preserve natural resources, but you are also saving money in the process, a win-win situation in any home.