More and more people are becoming environmentally aware and active. There’s still plenty to be done though, arguably more so than ever, and when you think of the savings there are to be made by thinking ‘more green’ at home it’s something we can all benefit from as well as the environment too.
All of the tips we have below for you have your best interests in mind in terms of helping you to create a green space for you and your family.
We have pieced together a handful of ideas for you to consider that will help you in the long run. Some of these implementations can cost slightly more initially to set up, but you’ll see the long-term benefits, both financially and economically:
Near to half of all our household energy consumption is spent on heating and cooling our abodes. The most basic way to reduce these costs, as well as lowering electricity bills, is to have a programmable thermostat installed. You can reap the benefits of a 3-5 % reduction in your energy bill if you lower your thermostat by just one degree in the winter.
Both CFL and LED bulbs are more expensive to purchase initially, but once you have paid this upfront cost you will use far less energy and the bulbs themselves will provide much more longevity than traditional incandescent bulbs. Since they offer significant cost savings in the long run, they can be ideal for your new green home.
Rainwater Harvesting Systems
If you pick up at a rainwater harvesting system to add to your property, then you can collect rainwater when it rains and have it storing in your tank. You can then make use of your stored water for purposes such as toilets and showers. Consider opting for rain barrels as these are now up there with the most common methods of rainwater harvesting today.
If you can get them installed, solar panels will provide you with a wonderful source of clean and renewable energy. Solar panels provide home-owners with a plentiful source of natural power.
As with energy-saving bulbs, solar panels can come with an expensive initial outlay, but the long-term savings are substantial, both financially and environmentally. The location of your house and the way you have constructed solar panels can determine how much power you can collect. By taking advantage of solar power you can bring down your energy consumption and supply excess energy, if any, to your utility company.
Think about applying for government grants, incentives and tax breaks which can be a welcome help if you want to use solar power in your abode.
The Three R’s
To help your home become greener, you need to live by the three R’s; reduce, reuse, recycle. By this we mean, reducing your need for buying new products that don’t fall into the environmentally friendly category. Do what you can to reuse old materials. Upcycling is a great example of this, whereby people take wood and other materials that were used before to then be made into something that serves another purpose. Finally, recycling materials such as glass, aluminium, and plastic can be used if you want to build facilities such as storage areas, or a greenhouse to grow your own veg, for example.
Bigger is Not Always Better
This point will not apply to everyone, but is directed more so at people looking to move home, or even build their own eco-friendly home. A small home, constructed with eco-friendly factors in mind will always be more positive for the environment and your wallet when compared to a large home. Less space means less energy being required to live in a home. If you keep your house manageable and cost effective make sure you live comfortably, but humbly. If you want some ideas of this, you can see our glamping UK abodes, which offer some great ideas that you can use!