Top 10 Tips for Creating an Eco Friendly Home
This post comes to us from our partners at MHA Lighting, who specialize in energy efficient LED Lighting.
As the polar ice caps diminish and our climate becomes ever-more erratic, it should be a priority for every household to try to become as eco-friendly as possible. In these cash-strapped days, even climate change skeptics might be interested to know that becoming more eco-friendly almost always means spending less money.
Here are 10 ways you can make your home more eco-friendly and save some money at the same time.
Follow these tips to stay warm and cut your heating bills at the same time.
1. Insulate your walls and lofts and you will save hundreds of pounds’ worth of heat escaping, literally, into thin air. The good news is that the government is offering free insulation to householders, whereby your wall cavities are insulated and loft is lagged using eco-friendly materials. Contact your energy supplier for details.
2. Simple and cheap measures such as putting foil behind your radiators and making draft excluders to stop cold air seeping through under the bottom of an outside door can save hundreds of pounds during the year.
3. Switching to LED lighting is another simple and effective way of minimizing energy bills. Traditional incandescent bulbs use up to five times more energy and, as many people are not aware that lighting is the second biggest user of energy in domestic and commercial buildings, changing to these new, up-to-date, efficient light bulbs can save more money from your utility bills.
Become More Savvy
4. Many of us now routinely use the internet to find the best deals for everything from holidays to a new pair of shoes, but, oddly, many consumers stick with the same energy supplier, year in, year out. Using an energy supplies comparison service can tell us which tariffs are cheaper for us, but can also give information on the green credentials of the competing suppliers. Switching to suppliers who use renewable power is a very effective way of helping preserve the environment.
5. Buying energy efficient appliances also helps. Always check your new appliance meets at least the ‘A’ standard on the EU Energy Label or has an EnergyStar certification.
6. Invest in a smart meter and you can monitor your household’s usage of energy – all day, every day.
Waste Not, Want Not
Too many households continue to waste precious energy that they pay for with their hard-earned cash.
7. Water is perhaps the natural resource we waste most of: up to 150 liters (about 39 gallons) a day, according to some estimates. Simple measures you can take to conserve water include; not flushing the loo unless you need to, installing a dual flush cistern, ensuring you switch off taps and repair those that leak, turning off running water when brushing your teeth and using economy/eco programmes on all appliances.
8. Stop over-filling kettles – the CO2 produced and energy wasted boiling unused water is staggering – and consider investing in an eco-kettle.
9. Switch off everything, anytime it is not being used. Astonishingly, up to 10 percent of the average electricity bill is accounted for by the blinking lights on computers, TVs and other audio-visual equipment.
Grow Your Own
10. Turn over your garden, or balcony, to growing vegetables. This improves your diet, saves you money, but also releases lots of lovely oxygen into the atmosphere and saves on CO2 emissions by cutting down on food miles.
This article was written on behalf of MHA Lighting, who produce energy efficient LED lighting and promote the transition from standard lighting to LED Lighting – for a more environmentally and economically viable future.
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