Climate change and its impact continues to make headlines. From a renewed focus on everyday recycling across the UK, to Sir David Attenborough using the return of Blue Planet to comment on the state our oceans are in, how green we are is firmly in the spotlight.
If you’re thinking of introducing some green thinking into your home, now is the perfect time to start. In addition to helping with the reduction of pollution, you can create some fun activities to do with the whole family while saving money. Here are some eco-friendly ideas to try for yourself.
Grow Your Own
Taking the time to grow your own fruit, veg and herbs has many benefits for the environment. It reduces the waste involved with packaging produce at the big-name food outlets and cuts the number of cars on the road that are heading to the local supermarket for supplies. These reduced trips to the shops also mean that you are saving on your food bills.
You can also use this as an opportunity to spend time with your children as you work together to look after your produce. Giving them tasks and showing them some of the best ways to protect the things you grow can be both educational and fun.
Insulate Your Home
Ensuring your home is well insulated from the elements can go a long way to conserving energy. Spend some time assessing where any draughts might be and check if heat is escaping around key areas such as windows and doors.
By investing in simple additions such as draught excluders and rugs, you can keep the heat in while cutting down on how much you use your radiators.
Switch it Off
Like investing time in insulating your home, by being aware of how much electricity you’re using can go a long way to helping the environment. Leaving just one light on every night for a year can have a huge impact on our carbon footprint. Adopting a more eco-conscious way of using electricity around the home can go a long way to saving energy as well as your overall spend on utility bills.
Add Solar Panels
Solar panels have become increasingly popular in recent years, with some leading names picking up on the trend. While they’re a long-term investment that will take some time to see any real financial benefits, they are a clever way to utilise the natural energy generated from the sun to help power the home.