Spending time and effort on making your home more eco-friendly is not just good for the environment. It is also a great way to save a lot of money. At the moment, prices are rising, and it is becoming more difficult to live normally. Some people are already in the heartbreaking position of having to make the hard decision between buying fuel for their car, food for the tables, or heating for the home. It doesn’t have to be this way. We all just need to be a little more thoughtful in how we live our lives. Let’s take a look at some ways you can make your home more eco-friendly.
If you have the capital to get solar panels, then it really is a win-win situation. Even if you live in a place where the sun hides behind clouds a lot, you can still make solar panels work for you. Solar panels give you free electricity. Not only does that save you money, but it helps the environment and takes the pressure off the electricity grid too. The problem is that in the future, the electricity generated in power stations may not cover the whole country. So, if you produce your own, you will be better off. Indeed, you may even be able to make your micro-generation plant (aka: your solar panels) work for you by selling the extra electricity you make back to the grid.
Energy Efficient Lighting
If your home is a little n the dark side, meaning not much light penetrates, as opposed to being evil, then you should try and enhance the amount of natural light coming in the windows. Not only is this a great way to benefit from free lighting, but natural light has a host of other benefits too, like making you a happier person. Ways to do this include replacing mystery windows, installing skylights, and swapping heaving curtains or blinds for something lighter. Make sure that there are no large objects in the way of the windows too. Think about putting up a lot of mirrors and painting the walls a light color too. In the evening, you will want to make use of energy-efficient bulbs. LED lighting is another great option you can take advantage of too.
Your Clothes Wash
We all have to wash our clothes, but do you really need to wash them on such a high heat? By turning the thermostat down by one option or even washing on a cold wash, you can reduce your electricity consumption by a huge amount and save a lot of money in the process.
Water is another commodity that is going to become more scarce as time professes. There are some people who think the next big war will be over fresh, clean water. Anyway, you should look to reduce your water usage. Ways to do this include installing a half flush option on your toilet, getting a water tank to collect rainwater, using a dishwasher instead of washing up, having short showers instead of baths, etc.
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