Homes everywhere are going green, and not just to save the environment. Going green can also save you a lot of money. Here are just a few ways that you can start opting to be eco-friendly around the home.
Repurpose and recycle – don’t throw away
Landfill sites are filling up and replacing items can be expensive. Don’t chuck everything away the moment that it’s broken – get creative and repurpose that item. Curtains, duvet covers and table-cloths could be an opportunity to make your own custom clothing.
Holes in upholstery from cat scratches can be patched decoratively with doilies. A chair with a hole in the seat can be resurrected by fastening some belts around it and making a new seat. Even if you’re certain you have no use for the item, someone else could do – and they might be prepared to pay money for. There are lots of places online where you sell old electronics for parts or fabric for clothing.
Choose greener energy sources
You may be able to save money on your energy bills by converting to a greener alternative. The likes of American Power and Gas get their energy from sustainable sources and charge much cheaper rates.
Then of course there’s always the DIY approach of getting solar panels installed on your property. Whilst the initial cost of installing them is high, you can make up this cost in a few years and could effectively then be electric-bill-free.
Insulate your home
If you’re constantly reaching for the heating thermostat, why not take measures to insulate your home and save having to add to your gas bill. There are countless ways to insulate your home. Loft insulation can be particularly effective, stopping heat from escaping through the roof.
Double glazing can stop heating being lost through windows. Cavity walls insulation can stop it being lost through walls. A thermal boiler jacket meanwhile can preserve heat in the boiler so that the water stays hot longer.
Greywater recycling is a way of re-using the drainage water from your bath and sink. This water can be re-used to flush a toilet with or used in garden sprinklers. There are then various rainwater recycling methods that can allow you to live off grid in terms of plumbing by converting rain into drinkable water.
These recycling systems can be expensive to install but you’ll eventually make up costs. A rain barrel as found at the Home Depot could be a cheap way of providing water for the garden and prevent you having to run a hose or sprinklers off a tap.
If you’re considering rainwater, you’ll want to know the laws surrounding this activity. Read up on it here.
Chemical fertilizers aren’t good for the planet as they require burning fossil fuels to produce. Switch to natural fertilizer simply by collecting compost and letting it mulch down to be used the following year.
You can buy a compost bin to keep this garden waste in, or even make your own compost bin. On a related note, you can also make your own pesticides rather than buying chemical ones.
If you haven’t composted yet, why not give it a try now? It’s a natural method of decomposing organic material, such as food (vegetable scraps) and plant (leaves) waste.
The process involves bacteria, worms, fungi, and more. Check out this guide to prep your garden for composting. From choosing the best location for the compost pit to making sure it stays moist, there is a lot to learn in this rewarding activity that helps the planet.