3 Improvements to Make Your Home More Green
Make Your Home More Green. In an ever changing world where we are all encouraged to become more environmentally friendly, what are the small steps that we can all take in order to achieve a greener future? They may seem like insignificant changes to you, and you may question what the actions of just one household can have upon the fate of the entire planet, but if everybody took just a few small steps in the right direction, the road ahead might not look so bleak. We all know that we need to become more ‘green’, but what are some examples of improvements you can actually make, for that to happen? Here are a few ideas to get you started and when you’re feeling motivated, give them a try,
Reducing Single Use Plastics
This is a no brainer. Recent footage of the so called ‘plastic islands’ in our oceans has given the world a wake up call. The biggest offenders are single use plastics that all of us are guilty of overusing. Plastic is a great material after all. It keeps things fresh, it’s sealable and it’s cheap to manufacture. The problem comes when it’s time to get rid of it. Too many of us simply toss it straight in the bin, not thinking of the consequences ahead. Whilst this is an improvement that will benefit the environment, it certainly makes your house ‘greener’, in the sense that you would be producing less waste. Reusable containers are a great way to make the change. Buy long lasting Tupperware, which you can use over and over again. There are also an increasing number of stores where you have to take your own packaging. You might take your own coffee jar to collect your coffee, or you own reusable bags to buy carry your groceries. Think big but start small.
Changing to Water Efficient Toilets
We’re all so used to our home toilet systems these days that it rarely crosses our minds as to how much water it actually takes for them to work. It’s quite shocking to learn therefore, that in the 1830s, most people would have managed to live their lives with just 18 litres of water a day, whereas today, all of us are using on average around 135 litres a day, and a huge proportion of that is being flushed straight down the toilet, literally. About one third of water usage in the home is made up by toilet flushing. It’s staggering on its own, but when you combine that with your neighbours, your neighbourhood, your city and your county, it all starts to become a little frightening. Options for change include dual flush models, which can use as little as 2 and a half litres per flush, and composting toilets, which use no water at all. There really is no reason to be squeamish about this. But we do need to be sensible.
We lose most of our heat through our heads, so when we’re cold, we put a hat on. Too many of us aren’t applying this most basic reasoning, however, when it comes to heating our homes. Heating systems are only as good as the insulation of the home in which they sit. What’s the point spending half your salary on energy bills, if you’re just going to allow the heat to drift away, meaning the boiler has to stay powered on for longer. Not only are you burning more energy than necessary, you’re burning your hard earned money as well. Insulating your home properly might be expensive in the short term, but by ensuring your home is capable of staying warm for longer, without your radiators having to do all the work, will reduce the demand for fossil fuels and also decrease your annual fuel bill. Help the environment by helping yourself.
There can be a lot of guilt tripping when it comes to encouraging people to ‘go green’, but playing the blame game simply doesn’t work. What needs to happen is a collaborative and supportive effort in ensuring we all do our bit. Many hands make light work and with the need to go green, it’s everyone’s responsibility. All hands on deck. You don’t need to do everything straight away, but these few examples are a great way to give your plans for going green a shot in the arm.
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