How To Make Your Home More Sustainable
As climate change makes its presence felt around the world, many of us are increasingly eager to try
and make a difference in any way that we can – particularly in our daily lives at home.
Fortunately, finding ways to improve the sustainability of your home isn’t complicated, as there are
all kinds of tips and techniques you can use to boost your property’s green credentials. Read on to
find out more!
Harness The Power Of The Sun
Solar panels are an effective way to use a readily accessible natural resource – in this case, sunlight –
to generate energy for our homes and save us some much-needed money on our electricity bills.
However, the unfortunate reality is that solar panels can be very costly to install and it can be
several years before you witness a return on your investment. The good news is that, in the
meantime, you can harness the sun in other ways – for example, by installing some roof lights to let
more sunshine and natural warmth into your home.
The Keylite roof windows provided by Roof Window Outlet provide an ideal option that combines
style with functionality, allowing you to harness the power of the sun without having to wait years to
experience the positive effects.
Install A Smart Thermostat
A clever way to make your home more energy-efficient is to install a smart thermostat, which
ensures that you only use as much energy as you need; a particularly vital tool as energy prices soar
to record highs.
Smart thermostats can be controlled remotely, so you can easily adjust your home’s energy usage
using your smartphone. However, they can also control the temperature automatically, using
innovative sensing technology, among other things, to cool things down when you leave home and
warm things up again shortly before you’re due back.
This kind of technology is a major breakthrough when it comes to lowering our energy bills and
reducing our demand on those ever-dwindling fossil fuels. In other words, it’s a boon for both our
bank accounts and the planet.
Stock Up On Eco-Friendly Products
It’s a deeply troubling fact that the vast majority of waterways in the UK are now seriously polluted
with the toxic chemicals we use in our industries – and in our own homes. these include cleaning
products, such as detergents and foaming agents, which leak out into our rivers and streams and
poison the plants and animals that call them home.
To reduce the amounts of toxic chemicals polluting our water systems, you can opt for
environmentally friendly household products, such as ‘green’ cleaners and biodegradable toiletries
and cosmetics. These can either be purchased or made yourself at home.
Reduce Your Household Waste
UK households are responsible for around 12% of waste generated each year, and the sad fact is that
a lot of it is unnecessarily thrown away. From edible food to wearable clothing and functioning
electronics, we discard so many items that could still be used, creating a terrible strain on our landfill
sites – and the environment.
To combat this, find ways to reduce the amount you throw away – from making sure you use up
everything in the fridge (and compost some of your food waste), to recycling old appliances and
donating unwanted shoes and clothing to charity.
Reusing and recycling are essential techniques that we can use every day to help lessen our burden
on the planet and create a more sustainable lifestyle.