We all need to do our bit for the environment, which is under increased pressure from mankind’s actions. While doing things like pushing for more progressive policies and limiting your travel are good starting points, the basis for any person who wants to improve how they interact with the environment is their actions within the home. The good news is that this isn’t so difficult; far from it, in fact. Below, we take a look at a few tried and tested things you can do that’ll make your property a bona fide eco-friendly home.
There are plenty of advanced things you can do to do your bit to save the planet, but the best things are nearly always the simplest. Or rather, it’s best to make sure you’re taking care of the basics before you begin looking at other ways you can help the earth. For example, things like taking shorter showers, turning off your electrical items when they’re not in use, and recycling all your waste that can be recycled can all be considered essential.
When we want to improve your home, we usually head to the store, see what’s available, and then take what we like home, where it’ll stay until the next time we want to change something about our home, at which point the process is repeated. But did you know there’s another option, one that’s better for the environment, your wallet, and also looks cooler than most things you can find in the multinational shops? It’s called upcycling, and it allows homeowners the chance to give their home an updated look with a twist. An upcycled table and chair set, for example, can look much more interesting than a brand new set, which will have used up plenty of natural resources during the manufacturing and shipping process. You can even upcycle yourself -- all you need is some time and a can of chalk paint.
No-one’s asking anyone to live as if they’re living in the 17th century, when everything probably was better for the environment. It’s just about thinking about the true cost of living in a comfortable home. We might be tempted to turn up the central heating when the chilly weather arrives, but we’ll be using up a lot of energy (and usually efficiently) if we do so. Instead, take a look at wood heaters, which can be viewed here. These warm your home just as well, but, since they use wood - a renewable source - have less of an impact on the earth.
Grow Your Own
If you've got a garden, then why not look at growing your own vegetables? It’s easier than you think, and can be a lot of fun -- plus it gets you into the outdoors, too, and they taste better. Best of all, it’ll show you that how you consume food is within your control. There’s no carbon footprint if you grow your own vegetables and then eat them for dinner -- and it’s highly rewarding! I've just bought myself some seeds to grow some veg this year so I'm very excited to get started!