Reducing your home’s impact on the globe might not be a small task, by any means, but a perk of making your abode eco-friendly is it often comes with money-saving rewards.
Below you’ll find a list of tips to help you get started.
Ways to be eco friendly at home
1. Go Green – grow houseplants. You can keep it simple and buy easy to care for plants, whatever you do, growing plants can improve your air quality – for free.
2. Check and stop all leaks. Taps, toilets and any other pipes you have. By preventing leaks you’re saving water, and saving money.
3. Swap baths for showers. Showers typically use 14% of the water that gets used in a bathtub. Once in a while is fine, but if you’re serious about going eco – this is a significant step.
4. Whenever possible, hang your clothes out to dry. Avoid using a dryer. The carbon emissions produced in a single hour is up to a whopping 3kg.
5. If you can, start to compost your kitchen leftovers and any other organic matter.
6. Make sure your windows are as energy efficient as possible. Keeping the heat in the winter will save a lot of money.
7. Check your air-con, ensuring you have a high-quality unit from Kaiser Air Conditioning is going to put your mind at ease when the heat arrives.
8. Switch your light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. They tend to last longer, so you won’t need to replace them as often.
9. Use natural cleaning products. By switching to natural cleaning products, you won’t be flushing and washing chemicals out into the environment anymore. A quick online search will help find natural pre-made products or guide you to make your own.
10. Buy recycled products. Often things like toilet paper and kitchen roll have recycled options available in store.
11. Recycle. Recycling used to be pretty fiddly, but now there are separate trash cans you can buy for the house to make sure everyone is doing their bit.
12. Meal Planning, this one is great for families, couples and people living alone. By planning your meals well, you will produce less food waste too.
13. Stop checking on the chicken. If you are in the habit of opening the oven to check how something is cooking, you are wasting a lot of energy. Even if you open the door for a quick peek, the stove has to use a significant amount of energy to get it back up to temperature again. While using the oven, try and use all available racks for cooking. Not just one.
14. Buy thrifty. Buying ‘fast fashion’ has a considerable impact on the planet, where you can buy thrift clothing or high-quality goods that will wash and wear well for years to come. Kids grow up so quickly it can be challenging to do this, but if you have relatives nearby with children older than yours, it might be worth a phone call to see what might be available for swapping.
15. Microwaves use up to 50% less energy than an oven – so have a look at what you can cook in there.
Keep your fridge in the shade; this will help it use less energy to keep its temperature.