Have you been looking for ways to live a more sustainable life in an effort to help the planet? Most people aren’t aware of the small changes we can make at home to start reducing our carbon footprint and become more eco-friendly. Making your home more sustainable will provide you and your family with a better quality of life as you become more efficient with the energy you use and the lifestyle choices you make.
Whilst some sustainable living ideas may be more costly than others, it could be worth implementing the changes, as homes that promote eco-living can save money on household and living costs further down the line. There are a whole host of ways to lead a more sustainable life at home, from recycling to reducing waste, growing your own food, and utilising energy systems.
Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant or looking for your first property, we have decorating and planning tips to make some eco-conscious renovations to your space. Keep reading to find out more and start making these sustainable changes today.
1. Grow your own
Perhaps you’ve always fancied growing your own food at home? As many of us have spent more time at home recently, it could be the ideal time to start. If you were to create a vegetable garden, you’d not only reduce your carbon footprint but provide better quality food for you and your family too. You may not have the greenest of fingers, so start small with some herbs to add to your meals and work your way up to the root veg. Before you know it, you’ll be leaving the plastic-wrapped produce in the store and going straight to your backyard to grow, pick and wash your own. If you’re worried about space or you don’t have a garden, there are plenty of tips to grow a lovely indoor garden should you be limited in your home.
2. Smart technology
It can sometimes be hard to keep track of the amount of energy we use at home. Installing smart technology enables people to take back control and monitor their energy usage. Most smart temperature systems, such as smart thermostats, have digital devices to display exactly how much energy you are using. This technology is not only a great way to modernise your home but helps to protect the environment and reduces the amount you spend on energy bills. Smart systems like programmable thermostats will monitor your heating and air-cooling systems and switch them off when they’re no longer needed. These devices can also be connected to your smartphone, so next time you leave the house in a hurry, log in and switch your energy supplies on and off as you wish directly from your phone.
Most people recycle empty packagings like plastic and cardboard, but could you be doing more? Firstly, if you don’t have a recycling bin, that’s where you’ll need to start, so you’ll automatically think about what it is you’re throwing away and where it needs to go. If you already dispose of materials like glass, plastic, and paper correctly, you can now start recycling your food waste too. Use leftovers as compost for your new garden or spend some time refining your food lists, so you only buy what you know you will eat. Whilst these are relatively minor changes, you could look to take it a step further and recycle your energy.
Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular for eco-friendly homeowners as they use natural sunlight to power their homes. Although these can be costly to install, it’s often worth the investment to not only save on energy costs but make your home more sustainable too. As more people focus on sustainability, property companies across the globe have been working on future eco-developments which is something to consider if you’re moving home. RWinvest, for example, has released details on their first eco-development to include low carbon features such as eco-lighting and eco-heaters. The new building will also harvest rainwater to help with plumbing, which is a great way to recycle energy.