Going green might seem a big ask, but making your home greener can be easy with a little know-how.
Here are 10 ways to make your home greener:
1. Recycle, recycle, recycle
It might sound obvious, but recycling is the easiest way you can help the environment. Before throwing your rubbish into the kitchen bin, think about whether it can be recycled or not. It only takes a few more seconds and you’ll soon be surprised at how much less your kitchen bin fills up – and how much can be recycled.
2. Start your own compost bin
This is a double whammy, as you’ll not only help the environment but your garden too. Composting is a cheap and easy way to transform your kitchen waste – think eggs shells and tea bags – into nutrient rich food for your garden. Not only will you be cutting down on waste but you’ll be saving money by creating your own soil too.
3. Fill up your dishwasher or washing machine
Reduce water waste by running your dishwasher or washing machine when it’s full, rather than half-full. And if your appliance has an energy efficient setting, give that a go too. The more energy efficient you are, the more money you’ll save too.
4. Cool things down at 30C
Studies have shown that by washing clothes at 30C, you use 40% less electricity in a year than you would by washing them at a higher temperature. So for lightly soiled clothes, turn it down from 40C to 30C. However, for removing heavy stains or lurking bacteria, you still need to wash at 60C.
5. Switch your lightbulbs
Look at changin any standard lightbulbs or halogen spotlights in your home to energy saving light bulbs, which are much more energy efficient. And remember to turn off lights when you’re not in the room too.
6. Be a bag lady
We’ve all been caught out at the supermarket and had to pay 5p for a carrier bag, but get into the habit of popping one into your car or handbag so you’re not caught out - and help to cut down on waste.
7. Go meatless on a Monday
Unleash your inner masterchef and whip up a meat-free meal for you and the family on a Monday. Raising cattle produces a large amount of greenhouse gases, so by going meat-free for even one day will help to make a difference.
8. Insulate your loft
Heat lost through your loft can soon rack up the heating bills and is nothing but wasted energy. Most insulation materials are affordable and worth shelling out for as it’ll help to reduce your annual heating bill. If you’ve already insulated your loft, think about adding an extra layer to ensure it is at the recommended 270mm depth. Think of it as a DIY project to tackle.
9. Turn off the tap
Try to get into the habit of turning off the tap when you brush your teeth in the morning and evening to save water. Or take it one step further and turn off the shower while you’re washing too.
10. Keep things cool
We’ve all been guilty of cranking up the central heating on a chilly day but a sure-fire way to help the environment, cut down on energy waste and reduce your heating bill is by turning down your thermostat by just one degree.