Friday 22 June 2018

How to Encourage Eco-Friendly Practices in Your Home

As people we are becoming more and more aware of how important it is to take good care of this world around us. This means looking at our everyday lives and seeing if there are things that we could to better to protect the environment, use less resources and just generally be much more eco-friendly.

One great place to start on your eco-aware journey is at home. Whilst you may think that this only has a small impact, if everyone made this small impact, then it would come together to make a pretty big, pretty impressive result.

So, where do you start? How can you begin to encourage eco-friendly practices in your home? Take a look at our top tips.

Think about your heating
Heating your home is one of the biggest uses of the fuels, which means that we need to think very carefully about how we heat our homes. There are a variety of different things that you can do, however, one of the best approaches is to take a look at installing low profile underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is not only effective at ensuring that you have a toasty warm and inviting home, but is known to be a much more eco-friendly approach to heating your home too.

Rely on your natural lighting
Another drain on resources in your home is using lots of electricity. Now, many homes install solar panels on their roof to try and cut down on this, however, there are other things that you can do to try and cut down on the electricity that you use.

One approach is to rely more on the natural lighting that comes into your home. Not only does natural light cut down on your energy bills, but it also helps to keep your home warm. Which is a win for us!

Take a look at your kitchen
One of the rooms that can have the biggest eco-friendly impact is your kitchen. There is lots of waste that happens in your kitchen, as well as use of energy too. So, how can you make the changes that you need to make in this important room in your home? Your use of packaging and how you dispose of it is one thing to think about.

Supermarkets are doing their best to try and reduce the amount of packaging that they use for their products, which will go some way to helping in your kitchen. However, it is also going to pay to try your best to recycle when you can. Recycling doesn’t have to be hard to do and it is something that you can encourage your entire family to do too.

Think about those appliances
As we have already covered, the electricity that we use in our homes is having a huge impact on the world around us, which means that it is something that we all should look at. The appliances that form an everyday part of our lives can have the biggest impact and whilst there are some that we simply cannot turn off (fridge and freezer we are looking at you) there are of course those that we can. Avoid leaving things plugged in and turned on when you are not using them and don’t put things into standby if you can help it. This may be a small change, but it can have a pretty impressive impact on your energy usage.

Have a rainwater collection
Living in Britain means that we get plenty of rain, so why not put that rain to good use? A rainwater barrel is a great addition to your garden. It works by collecting rain water as and when it falls which you can then use as you wish. We recommended using it to water your garden, or perhaps for other outdoor tasks such as cleaning down your patio or filling up a pond etc. Whilst you will need to invest in something to collect the rain in, one of the best things about this particular tip is that it is mostly free.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can try to make eco-friendly changes in your home. Why not try them out for yourself and see if you can have a positive impact not only at home, but in the wider world too?

* Guest post from Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies *

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