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How to make your home more eco-friendly

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People around the globe are becoming more aware of the serious threats to our environment. From global warming togrowing “plastic islands” in the ocean, our natural world is facing serious strain. Because of this, many of us are taking steps to live a more sustainable life. If you want to go green but aren’t sure where to start, check out these tips for making your home more eco-friendly.

Switch to LED lighting

LED light bulbs are much more environmentally friendly than other forms of lighting, such as incandescent bulbs. This is because they use less energy and last much longer, meaning you don’t need to replace them as frequently. So you save electricity and money – it’s a win–win.

Insulate your home

Of course, the key to an eco-friendly home is to use as little energy as possible. Installing adequate insulation is one of the best ways to reduce your energy consumption, as it stops the heat escaping quite as quickly or easily. This means you don’t need to re-heat your home regularly – reducing your energy consumption and saving money. You can improve insulation in your walls and roof, as well as invest in double glazing if you don’t already have it.

Install a smart meter

Getting a smart meter is a must if you want to go green. They will monitor your energy consumption throughout the day, giving you much better visibility of how much you’re using and spending. They can also be programmed alongside a smart home system to turn your heating and lighting on at certain times of the day, which means much less energy is wasted when you’re not in the house.

Use renewable energy

You can make a step towards lowering your carbon footprint by switching to a renewable energy supplier. These companiesobtain 100% of their energy from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and biomass. You could also install solar panels on your roof or wind turbines outside to generate your own electricity. Of course, these require a significant initial investment which may require you to consider your funding options, but the savings can be huge in the long term.

Recycle and reuse

Those wanting to live a more sustainable lifestyle should recycle as much as possible. It’s likely you’re already doing this if you’re conscious of the environment – but is there anything else you could do? You can recycle pretty much anything nowadays, from shampoo bottles to aerosol tins, so it’s worth doing a little research before you put anything in the bin.

The key to living an eco-friendly life is to take it one step at a time. It’s not about saving the world on your own, but making changes to your daily life that will contribute to a healthier natural world in the years to come.

 

This article was originally published by  Essex Mag, essexmagazine.co