There are many different ways you can play your part in protecting the environment. You can choose to use less plastic, eat less meat, grow your own fruit and vegetables, drive an electric car, and stop buying products that contain palm oil.
It is also possible to make a difference in your home. People are discovering new ways to live in a more environmentally conscious way. The list below shows a few ways for you to do your part by making your home more eco-friendly.
Ways to Get Your Home in Harmony with the Environment
Harness the Power of the Sun
If you live in an area with lots of sunshine, then why not take advantage of this free energy source? There are various benefits of making this change and installing solar panels, and you can contact a company such as Going Solar to provide the home solar systems you need.
They are a significant investment, but you will easily and quickly recoup the cost from the money you save on your energy bills. Moreover, you are doing something nice for the earth’s environment and that’s always a good thing.
Insulate Your Attic
There are a surprising amount of people who haven’t insulated their attics, which is why it’s top of the list. The heat in your home rises, and if there’s no insulation in your attic, it’s free to drift right out of the roof. The cost of insulating your home can be recouped in just a few years.
Use Local Labor & Materials
Search locally to contact a tradesman in your area, rather than one who has to travel a greater distance. Similarly, materials that are manufactured locally are a much better choice for you to do your part for the environment.
Compost Your Left-Over Waste
Instead of putting left-over food down the garbage disposal, put them to good use by turning them into compost. You’ll be creating a nutrient-rich supplement for your garden and reducing the effects of methane gas and landfill.
Additionally, use your waste from clearing and cleaning your yard for even more wonderful compost for the health of your yard and garden.
Reduce • Reuse • Recycle
Recycling is important, but before you get that far, consider the options to reduce or reuse first.
If you are in the market for furniture think about buying something second-hand. All your used furniture might need is a quick coat of varnish and that dining room table is going to be like new.
Install Double-Glazed Windows
There is a huge potential for saving on your utility bills if you replace your single-glazed windows with double-glazed. Even older houses can look stunning, and you save money in heating bills when double-glazed windows are installed.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
You are already enjoying considerable savings by choosing to use the shower over taking a bath. You can reduce the cost even more by fitting a low-flow showerhead.
Lower Your Hot Water Temperature
How hot is the water that comes out of your taps? Is it hot enough to make a cup of tea? Do you scald yourself when you turn the tap on? Nobody needs water that hot coming out of their taps because it is a waste of energy and also a safety hazard. So, simply drop the room temperature a couple of degrees to make a big difference.
These are just a few examples of the way your home can be in harmony with the environment. Continue to do your research along with these suggestions and your home will soon be the ecological haven that you desire.
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