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4 Small Changes To Help Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

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You don’t have to change up your entire life to live a more sustainable one. Just a few tweaks can help the environment, be better for your health and save you money!

Swap regular light bulbs for LED’s

Did you know that 90% of the electricity used by an incandescent light bulb gets wasted on emitting heat? It makes a huge difference to invest in the correct energy-efficient light bulbs. Not only will you save money on electricity, but you will also be helping the environment. We understand that LED light bulbs are pricier, however, they last longer and will reduce your electricity bill, lessen your carbon footprint, and save money in the long term.

Get a recycling & compost bin

Owning a recycling bin will allow you to become a lot more aware of recycling glass bottles, jars, paper, and other objects that should be recycled, helping you establish a recycling routine.

A compost bin is also a great way to get rid of leftovers while also providing free fertiliser for your plants. Compost bins these days are made to be clean, tidy, and odour-free. They also make your life easier by assisting you in reducing home waste.

Alternatively, if you simply want to cut down on your overall waste. A compost bin aids in the transformation of garbage into nutrient-rich soil, which can help your indoor plants and gardens thrive.

Energy-efficient appliances

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Large home appliances generate a lot of electricity, not only can they be costly on the initial purchase but also end up costing a great deal to run. When shopping around for new appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and ovens, look for those that are the most energy-efficient, these products have the Energy Star logo on them and will provide you with all the information needed.

Invest in a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats can be programmed to control the temperature in your home more effectively than outdated manual ones. They can also be programmed through a mobile app or voice commands using Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.

Smart thermostats are able to quickly learn a household’s behaviours and adjust heating and cooling based on when a home is occupied or about to be occupied. This minimises the usage of heating and cooling systems when nobody is home for considerable periods of time.

Smart thermostats will work with most modern boilers, but it’s essential that you check with the supplier to ensure it is compatible with your boiler before purchasing. It may also be worth contacting an electrition to fit your thermostat to ensure it is set up correctly, however in some cases, you can fit them yourselves.

Upcycle

The furniture industry is one of the least sustainable industries on the planet. By avoiding purchasing new items, you can reduce your ecological footprint significantly. A second-hand piece of furniture will cost you half the original price, or even less, depending on the condition. A piece of your own that is old, tired, or just not to your taste anymore is free and has plenty of potential for a new lease of life.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, tables, dressers, etc, instead of replacing them altogether, repaint or reface them. It can change the entire dynamic of your home, as a lot of the time they are still in great condition. Stores now sell natural paint that doesn’t emit harmful toxins and lasts a long time without chipping or fading.

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