Whether you’ve owned your family home for years and years, or just joined the property ladder, you’re probably serious about your future. Making small changes to your lifestyle can help reduce your environmental impact and improve your health, but these are just some aspects of sustainable living. Energy costs – both financial and ecological – can be a huge source of stress for homeowners. To help you live more lean and green, I want to give you some sustainable living hacks for homeowners. Simple eco-investments for your home that can have a big impact.
Up to one third of your household temperature can be lost through walls and roof cavities. An easy way to fix this and keep your heat or cool air inside is to plug the gap with eco-friendly insulation. The kind of insulation you need depends on a variety of factors, including: age, building materials, and the size of your home. Once the insulation is installed, your home will maintain the temperature more evenly helping you reduce your overall energy costs. The investment is well worth it!
Unplug Your Devices
When you leave your electrical appliances on standby, they still consume electricity – game consoles are estimated to use the same amount of energy when on standby as when they are in use! This infographic explains the financial costs of leaving electrical items on standby, which is harmful both for the environment and the devices. Laptops and mobile phones for instance, should be unplugged as soon as they’re done charging to avoid weakening the battery life.
Double Glazed Windows
Investing in high quality windows can be a great way to save in the long run. Double glazed windows “have two sheet of glass with a gap in between,” instead of one single sheet, which “creates an insulating barrier that keeps heat in,” according to the UK Energy Saving Trust. As this diagram illustrates, double glazing magnifies the sunlight entering your home, while providing insulation to prevent warmth or cool air from escaping. New windows can improve the outward appearance of your home, while also providing some wonderful economical improvements. Lower electric bill? Yes, please!
Solar panels are a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Although it may seem costly up front, you’re bound to save for years to come. Did you know between 2013 and 2014, the energy generated by solar panels in the UK was almost doubled due to their increasing affordability? That’s great news! Solar Panels allow you to generate energy for free, working by absorbing sunlight and converting it into energy for electricity or hot water. The quality of your electricity isn’t affected by absence of sunlight (such as at night), as the deficit power is taken from the grid.
Here’s a simple switch that anyone can do. If you’re not able to make the big investments of new windows, insulation or solar panels, make this easy laundry switch. The majority of energy used by a washing machine is just heating up the water. Set your machine to the cold cycle to minimize the energy used. Cold water washes are tougher on stains and kinder to fabrics too. It’s a win-win! It’s also worth waiting until you have a whole load to do a wash, and hand washing smaller loads if you really can’t wait those extra days.
There are several sustainable living hacks for homeowners. Whether you have a little money to invest or not, there are ways you can live a leaner, greener lifestyle. Start by unplugging your devices and washing your laundry in cold water. If you’re able to make bigger changes, focus on insulation, quality windows and solar energy. Go green and save money!
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