Have you ever thought about how eco-friendly you are in your day to day life? You may have made small changes in your life which is great, each little thing you do to help makes a difference. From reducing the amount of plastic you use to buying more sustainable and recyclable goods. There are so many changes you can make that will, in their own way, all make a difference.
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The following are all great ways to start living more eco-friendly;
- Make your own compost.
- Take shorter showers.
- Use a pressure cooker.
- Unplug unused electronics.
- Don’t leave lights on in unused rooms.
- Don’t leave the taps running.
- Switch all appliances off if you can’t unplug them.
- Reduce the temperature you do your laundry.
- Don’t pre-rinse before loading the dishwasher.
- Reuse shopping bags.
- Shop locally.
Making Bigger Changes to Your Home and Your Lifestyle.
That being said, if you are serious and would like to make more changes there are ways you can reduce your carbon footprint more. Making significant changes to the way you live and your daily routine can be quite expensive at first. The initial layout may make you wonder if it is actually going to be worth it in the long run. The answer is yes. It will be worth it financially and environmentally too.
What changes can you make to your life to create a more eco-friendly lifestyle?
Insulating your home correctly can help save your money on your electric bills and also be more eco-friendly due to the fact you need to use less gas and electric to keep it at the correct temperature. Installing insulation in your roof could reduce the 25% of the heat that is estimated to escape through your roof. Carry this through to your walls and flooring too to further reduce any losses.
Using materials that are sustainable such as cotton, denim, polystyrene and sheep’s wool will help further reduce the impact your home has too. Look at installing soundproofing and draught excluders too for added insulation in your home.
Did you know that up to 40% of your home’s energy escapes straight out of your windows? If your windows are old and need replacing, they could be costing you a lot more than you think thus rendering your home less efficient! If you are wanting to make your home as efficient as possible it is a great place to start. Renewal by Andersen Raleigh have eco-friendly windows that will help you conserve your home’s energy and in turn, help you cut down on bills and reduce the energy that you use!
Install Solar Panels
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Around 2 million homes in the US currently have solar panels on them although this figure is small, it is a growing number. Home solar panels currently account for around 1% of the electricity generated in America. That being said, it can be an expensive venture with prices starting from around $13,500 before the solar tax credit. This varies from state to state so make sure you do your calculations first before diving in to instal solar panels on your home.
Invest in a ‘Green Car’
If you are looking to reduce your car emissions why not look at a hybrid of a fully electric car? With electric cars now able to drive longer distances on a full charge, there are few reasons to stop you from going electric. With different options when it comes to your home charging unit, there are some added upfront costs. However, cheaper running costs and fewer repairs will make up for that over the years.
Create Your Own Vegetable Garden.
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Technically, this will cost you more time rather than finances, however, it is a great way to be more eco-friendly. Creating a space in your garden to grow vegetables, herbs and fruits is more a labour of love. You don’t even need a large area just somewhere small to start off with will work at first.
All you will need are some tools, pots and compost to get you going. Maybe you should consider buying pre grown at first instead of buying from seed. This means someone else has done the hard work of nurturing the seed to grow and you can simply plant it and wait for your crop!
Make sure you take the time to care for each different vegetable you plant correctly so you can give yourself the best chance of creating your own crop when the season arrives. you also need to make sure you are planting at the correct time of year too to boost your chances of success in the garden!