Posted on February 8, 2012 by
Please welcome today’s guest poster, Izzy.
Everybody needs to do their bit when it comes to protecting the environment, and there are so many ways you can make a difference. Your home should be the first place to start when it comes to lowering your carbon footprint, and there are a number of simple ways you can create a green home with minimum effort. Equipping your home with things like an all-natural bed or an open log fire is a great start. Buying only organic food to stock your kitchen is also a move in the right direction. But to really make your home as eco-friendly as it can possibly be, there are a number of steps you should try to take.
Insulation and lighting
These two things, insulation and lighting, are the best way to begin converting your home into an eco-friendly house. Not only will they help to protect the environment, but they have to potential to make significant savings on your energy bills. Insulation will keep the heat inside your home so you don’t need to spend money keeping the central heating system running. Blocking up unused chimneys, fitting double glazed windows, using draft excluders for ill-fitting doors, and installing loft and roof insulation are just a few of the ways to keep heat inside your home.
Switching all your light bulbs to energy-efficient bulbs is also a surefire way to reduce your carbon footprint while reducing your electricity bills. Energy-efficient light bulbs last longer, so that’s less money spent on electricity. A compact fluorescent Light bulb lasts 10 times longer and uses around two-thirds less electricity than a standard incandescent light bulb.
Appliances and household products
All new household appliances adhere to tough energy-efficiency standards, but unfortunately there are still a lot of old appliances like refrigerators, boilers, and washing machines still being used. If it’s time to buy new appliances, then make sure you go for the ones with the highest energy-efficiency rating. Always go for Energy Star-rated appliances when you can.
Also consider what type of household cleaning products you are using, and whether they contain harmful chemicals that are non-biodegradable and toxic to wildlife. If they are harmful to the environment, don’t buy them. It is the only way these types of products will stop being produced. Instead, use natural soaps to keep yourself clean, and make your own household cleaning solutions using a combination of ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, washing soda, and borax.
Ways to save water
Next time you turn on the tap, it’s worth remembering that millions of people across the world don’t have the luxury of clean water delivered straight to their home. Use water sparingly and remember to do things like turning off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth. To help you use less water, buy aerators that can be attached to taps and showerheads.
You may think using solar energy is just too unreliable when it comes to powering your home, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. OK, so maybe not all the energy consumed by you and your home can be generated through solar energy technology, but it can make a worthy contribution. Solar energy technology has dropped rapidly in price over the last year, and has received the largest amount of investment from private investors than any other type of renewable energy.
Before going ahead and having solar panels fitted, make sure the roof of your house is up to the extra weight, and the panels can positioned so that they face the correct way. Some houses aren’t suited to solar panels, so it is best to get it checked out before finalizing any work to be carried out. Solar energy is a great way to heat water for a soak in the bath or washing up after dinner. But if switching completely to solar energy just is not feasible, at the very least you should purchase some solar powered chargers to keep electronic devices like MP3 players, mobile phones, and digital cameras topped up.