Green Laundry

We’re used to separating our laundry up into blacks and whites, but what about greens? Being eco-conscious is becoming increasingly important in every aspect of our lives and the laundry is no different. Are you aware of the environmental impact of your weekly washing load? No? Most people aren’t. Luckily, we’ve put together some quick info about the impact laundry can have on the environment and some easy ways to reduce the burden each time.

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How Changing Your Windows Can Help the Environment

Since 1970, energy used to heat Britain’s homes has increased by 20%. While the switch to central heating has brought great improvements in the carbon efficiency, and new buildings regulations has meant more homes now have full insulation and more energy efficient fixtures, this has not accounted for the new dependence on electrical appliances that govern modern life. One of the easiest ways you can improve the efficiency of your home is to invest in energy efficient windows.

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The Importance of Eco Parenting: How to Raise Responsible Young Adults

Parenting is arguably the single most difficult challenge you can undertake in your lifetime, regardless of your level of responsibility and maturity as an individual. As a parent, you are responsible for the emotional and physical well-being of your child, and must therefore prioritise this above your own needs at all times. The need for good and effective parenting is even more important as the worlds’ population continues to grow, and places a significant strain on the natural environment.

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The 6 Vitally Important Environmental Issues We Must Address In the Next 15 Years

We are often bombarded with instructions on contributing to a cleaner global environment, yet it’s often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause for concern with so much happening in the background and very little being done on the frontline.

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Eco-Living: Help Protect the Planet in your Own Home

Have you ever felt like you want to live your life in a more eco-conscious way, but aren’t exactly sure where to start? Well what you’ll be pleased to hear is there are easy ways you can adapt your lifestyle at home to help protect our planet.

So, from your gardens to your decor and energy consumption, read on to find out some eco-living methods you can try. When you do, you’ll soon see it’s easy being green.

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It’s Electric: How to Use Electricity in a Green Home

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One of the biggest concerns for our carbon footprints at home is how much and what type of energy we use. Most houses receive either electricity or both electricity and gas. But if you’re concerned about the use of fossil fuels, you’re probably wondering if there’s a better way. As well as cutting back on the amount of energy you use, you can also look for green energy tariffs and even research ways that you can generate your own electricity. If you want to change your situation and start using less or more eco-friendly energy, have a look at the below information.

Buying Green Electricity

If you want a greener power supply, check with your current supplier and others to see if they offer a green tariff. These tariffs aim to support renewable energy and come in two types: green supply tariffs and green funds.

A supply tariff means that some or all of your electricity gets matched by purchases of renewable energy by your supplier. They should tell you which sources they include and how much of your supply is renewable. However, you should check the specifics of the tariff. Some green tariffs say that your supply is renewable, but it only assigns some of the renewable energy the company is required to buy to you. At the same time, they reduce the amount they supply to others. This has no effect on the quantity of renewables companies buy. Look for suppliers that guarantee that a proportion of the energy they provide you is ‘additional’.

The other option is a green fund, which involves paying a premium to contribute towards the development of renewables.

Changing Your Energy Use

Whether or not you decide to switch to a green tariff, changing your electricity use is important too. Some of the things you should change involve your purchases while others might involve breaking bad habits. One of the easiest things you can do is to switch your light bulbs. If you replace each standard light with an e27 LED bulb, you can save a lot of energy right away. You can also look into getting other low-energy appliances and electronics. But changing your behaviour is essential too. You should take a look at the places where you can cut down on electricity use. For example, you could reduce the number of times you do your laundry each week or even do something as simple as turning lights off.

Generating Your Own Electricity

If you’re not happy with what energy suppliers offer, you can install renewable technology. There are several different types of technology you can consider for your home, depending on the resources available. For example, if there’s a river or stream on your property, you might be able to use hydroelectricity. Other options include solar thermal, solar PV, heat pumps, and biomass. Whether you can use any of these will depend on your home and personal circumstances.

Most people wouldn’t want to function without electricity, but there are ways we can create and use it responsibly. Think about how you can change your usage to contribute towards a better planet.

 

How To Do These Common Home Renovations The Eco-Friendly Way

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By making smart home renovation choices, you will reduce your carbon footprint. This applies to all alterations, big and small. From putting up a new lighting fixture to renovating an entire room. Environmentally friendly renovations may not always be the easiest, but they are the kindest to the earth, and we think that makes it worth the effort. So, if you are planning one or more home improvement projects this year, follow these tips to ensure the changes you make are considerate of our environment.

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  1. Flooring

 

Before you start your renovations, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the materials available to you and which are the most sustainable. Synthetic materials, such as plastic, continue to leave harmful imprints on the environment. Although more expensive, wood is a far more sustainable material for home renovations. Of all the building materials, it has the lowest energy consumption and C02 emission. So, choosing hardwood flooring is much more environmentally friendly than plastic.

  1. Lighting

We have to change our light bulbs on a fairly regular basis, so this is one small renovation we can all take part in. It is estimated that artificial lighting makes up around 15 percent of the average energy bill. However, this can be reduced significantly by choosing LED lights instead of incandescent bulbs. LED lighting requires much less power to operate and is a much more sustainable way to light your home by artificial means.

Improving the amount of natural light in your home should also be a priority when renovating. Avoid making changes that obstruct windows and block the sunlight. If you are redecorating a room, consider adding a mirror opposite your windows in order to reflect light into the room, making it feel brighter and larger.

If you live in an older home, your electrics might be out of date and therefore inefficient. The more inefficient your home is, the larger your carbon footprint and higher your energy bills will be. If you live in Killeen, you can use Dr. Watts Electric for electrical repair in Killeen to get your electrics replaced and updated. If you live somewhere else, it should be easy to find a similar electrician who can do the job for you.

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  1. Paint

Eco-friendly paint is the only way to go and luckily there are many products now available to meet the growing demand for these products. You should be looking out for low or zero VOC paints. These products contain no, or very low levels, of chemicals that evaporate into the air while the paint is drying out. And just because they don’t contain these chemicals does not mean they aren’t as effective as conventional products. Eco-friendly paints are available in a wide array of colours. Just ask at your local DIY retailer for these products or have a look online.

  1. Unwanted appliances or materials

When it comes to any waste from your renovations, always think reduce, reuse and recycle. In fact, this is a good mantra to incorporate into your everyday lives. Although you may not want that old work surface anymore, it could come in use for someone else, so don’t contribute to the landfill problem by throwing it out. Ask around if anyone could make use of your unwanted items for their own renovations and if not, take them to your local recycling depot.

As well as these common home improvements, there are also smart choices you can make when conducting a more specialised renovation. Do your research before making any changes, to ensure you are doing it the eco-friendly way.

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Three Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Shipping

In recent years, the birth and growth of online shopping has transformed commerce into a truly global phenomenon. Today, it is as easy to purchase an item from another continent as it is to walk down to your local corner shop and buy a pint of milk. This has created a greatly increased customer base for business owners to tap into, and as a result shipping has become the lifeblood of the modern economy. Continue reading “Three Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Shipping”

4 Improvements Around the House Which Could Help the Environment

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Going green doesn’t have to be an expensive nightmare. Very few people are opposed to cleaner energy sources. What they’re opposed to is the cost and time it takes to make the conversion.  But if they knew that eco-friendly home improvements could save them money in the long term, they might not be so quick to rule out the idea. We all know that it’s up to us to reduce our individual carbon footprint by as much as possible nowadays. The green issue is only going to get more pressing, so why not try out some of our tips below?

Update Your Old Appliances

Living without a washing machine or a fridge-freezer isn’t an attractive prospect for most people. But, luckily for you, there are ways to cut down on your energy usage without living like a luddite. If you’re using an old appliance, it’s likely that it’s not very energy efficient. If it’s time to throw it away and get a new one, make sure it’s replacement is an energy efficient one. If you get one with an A+++ rating, rather than just an A+, you’ll save up to £200 on your energy bills.

Make Your Bathroom Low-Flow

By switching to low-flow showers, taps and toilets, you can save both water and money. The amount of money each of us wastes on water is quite shocking. The money it would cost to replace your current fixtures with low-flow ones would be easily earned back before the year’s over in water bill savings. After a few years, you’ll be saving money like never before.

Embrace Solar Energy

Britain is not the sunniest of countries but don’t let that fool you; solar panels are still a worthwhile investment. Last summer the UK broke a record by having 7.8% of the nation’s energy provided by solar panels. And as the interest in them continues to increase that figure will only go up and up. Some companies will even install them onto your house for free depending on where you live. The energy you don’t use will be taken up by them.

Repurpose and Recycle

There are  hundreds of possibilities for recycling and repurposing products and would-be junk. If your sofa is starting to creak a little and it feels like it may collapse at any minute, why not strip it down and restore its component parts to create something new. You could get hold of an old shopping trolley and upcycle it into a trendy armchair. Or maybe you could use old buckets and baskets as flower boxes. If you make your own furniture, you’ll be saving on the manufacture and transportation costs (and emissions) of buying new items.

Bonus Tips

  • Replace all your old out-dated light fittings with new energy saving light bulbs.
  • Cover your roof with plants and greenery which will soak up moisture.
  • Use low energy radiators and heating systems.
  • If you own a big house with land or a business, consider installing a wind turbine.
  • Double glaze your windows to keep heat in.

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5 Companies That Are Proud To Use Paper Bags

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Many companies are now using paper bags as they recognise their benefits. They are stronger, more environmentally friendly and often cheaper than using plastic carrier bags. There are many different types of businesses that use paper bags for their customers to carry their wares home. Continue reading “5 Companies That Are Proud To Use Paper Bags”

Wonderful Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Living in the modern world and trying to preserve it at the same time is difficult. There’s so much we rely on daily that can be harmful to the environment, such as cars. But while there are times you can’t avoid harming the environment it’s important to try to preserve it in other areas.

The good news is that in your home life it’s possible to be a little more environmentally friendly. There are steps you can take to be greener at home and help the planet in the process. Here are some wonderful ways you can make your home more eco-friendly.

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Solar Power

Using solar power is one of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly. You can do this by putting solar panels up on the roof of your home. By doing this, you’ll ensure that you use the solar energy from the sun to power your home. By trapping the sun’s rays in the solar panels, they’re stored and then used in the home. So anytime you need to use energy such as turning on a light or powering your television it’s used through solar energy. This cuts down on your energy bills as well as being better for the environment. Solar panels can be expensive to install, but the long-term savings make it well worth it. You might also get an incentive payment from the government at the end of each year for using solar panels.

Change Lights

Believe it or not changing the lights in your home can help you make it more eco-friendly. You will find that you can replace your current lights with high-quality Ecosave Led Lights. These will reduce your lighting bills by quite a significant amount each year. These kind of lights can use up to ninety percent less energy than ordinary bulbs, and they last so much longer. You’ll also find that as well as saving money your bulbs will need less maintenance and fewer replacements.

Recycle

One of the most popular ways to maintain a green, eco-friendly home is to make sure you recycle. Nowadays more people are concerned with recycling than ever before. And plans ensure people always have the option to recycle. Recycling bins are provided by local councils, and a lot more of us are conscious of protecting the environment. There are so many different materials you can recycle nowadays that your rubbish output can be minimal. Glass, plastic and metal are all prime candidates for the recycle bin. As well as the obvious bits of paper and cardboard. You should have bottle banks and such in your local area that you can use if you don’t have a recycling bin.

Use a Water Butt

If you want to go the whole hog, don’t just stop at solar power, think about getting a tank or water butt for the garden. This will trap rainwater ensuring that it doesn’t go to waste. You can then link this to the pipes in your home giving you free water for as long as the tank is full. This will cut down on your water bills and mean you’re using less energy. For the perfect eco-balance, you should try to get solar powers and a water tank. You will notice a big difference and end up saving a considerable amount of money.