A GREEN FAMILY HOLIDAY IN A YURT IN SNOWDONIA

Gone are my backpacking days; days of adventure pinging around from cheap, crappy hostel to cheaper, crappier hostel, wearing flip flops in the shower, sticky-taping mosquito nets to light fittings and learning to live in relative peace and harmony with cockroaches and flies. I could well have thrust that lifestyle upon a husband, but not a bay daughter! Continue reading “A GREEN FAMILY HOLIDAY IN A YURT IN SNOWDONIA”

MAKING THE MOST OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS: EXERCISE OUTSIDE

Forget apples, exercise really does keep doctors at bay. Our body requires exercise now more than ever due to the sedentary lifestyle that technological and industrial development has brought upon us. Everything we do is effortless. From sending messages to moving from one position to another, we often use minimal effort compared to our forefathers who used to walk many miles to send a message or reach their destination. Continue reading “MAKING THE MOST OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS: EXERCISE OUTSIDE”

Businesses with eco friendly buildings around the world

We all want to do our bit for the environment, and there are many changes that both individuals and businesses can make. The recent Volkswagen scandal has put vehicle emissions firmly in the spotlight and finding more energy efficient transport solutions is certainly one way that many businesses can lessen their impact. According to the European Commission, however, buildings are responsible for more than a third (36%) of CO2 emissions within the EU, and a huge 40% of all energy usage. This includes both domestic and business premises and the EC estimates that simply improving energy efficiency in buildings could reduce both emissions and overall energy use by around 5%. Continue reading “Businesses with eco friendly buildings around the world”

The Importance of Fire Alarms – Checking Your System

In the last year alone, there were 66,659 reported accidental fires in the home in Great Britain alone, with 12,362 of those cases due to faulty appliances and leads and a further 5,102 due to careless handling of fire or hot substances. With so many cases occurring throughout the UK in one year alone, it is no wonder that smoke alarms and fire alarms are becoming more and more necessary in today’s homes. Continue reading “The Importance of Fire Alarms – Checking Your System”

Top Tips for Contributing to Forest Preservation

It’s quite difficult to interpret just how much damage humans have done to forest worldwide as a result of deforestation and the production of wood-based materials. The figures are overwhelming, so much so that we would be forgiven for thinking that there’s little we can do as individuals. Continue reading “Top Tips for Contributing to Forest Preservation”

Why your business should start a cycle scheme

The benefits of cycling are well documented. It can help you to lose weight, lower your stress levels and improve your overall fitness. It’s also good news for the environment and can save you money on travel costs. It comes as no surprise then that an increasing number of people are ditching their motors in favour of two wheels.

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The Pros and Cons of Common Bathtub Materials

Choosing the shape, style, and size of your bathtub is important, but don’t forget to consider the advantages and disadvantages which come with each type of material. Your decision will impact everything from the ease of installation to how simple the tub is to keep clean, so make sure you take the time to think about your options. Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of Common Bathtub Materials”

Cut Your Costs, Save The Planet: What’s Not To Love?

As you can all tell from the title of our blog, we’re big advocates of a greener lifestyle. But what if you aren’t? Why should you invest your time and money in pursuit of something that you don’t believe in? We could argue with you all day on that one, but our trump card is: it saves you money.

Today, we’re going to look at several ways you can save your money – and the planet. And, with the added bonus of a healthier lifestyle thrown in for good measure. Ready to get started?

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Grow your own

There are plenty of advantages to growing your own fruit and veg. Not only will it save you money on your supermarket or grocery bills, but it will also get you out in the fresh air. It’s a healthy pastime, then, without even eating your produce! And that’s before we’ve even mentioned the vast amount of pesticides and chemicals that you will miss out on.

Want to get started in the garden? If so, we recommend something easy first. Start out with a tomato bag, and maybe something weather-hardy like potatoes. Onions are also a good shout for beginners. Once you get going, you can use your new expertise to grow whatever you like. Carrots, beets, marrows, radishes and anything else you might want to see on your dinner plate. Eat them straight from the garden, and you will taste vegetables exactly how they should taste.

Cut back on energy spending

Next, we’re going to look at slashing your energy bills. The typical family spends around 140 just for lighting and heating, which is an incredible amount of money. Now, with a little bit of dedication, we reckon you can easily take a third off that. How? Well, start by being more careful whenever you leave a room. Turn off the lights, close the doors to keep the heat in, and get into the habit of doing it all of the time.

The next step is to make some investments. Solar panels are an obvious starting point, although not every family will be able to afford them straight away. So, look at how efficient your current heating, air-con, and electrical goods are and change them slowly over time. Contact professionals, like the ones found at https://siriuspac.com/, to make sure your appliances are running as efficiently as possible. Remember to try and use them as little as possible. You can install timed thermostats so that they will automatically turn off a night when you no longer need them. Duel fuel radiators and a well maintained central heating system are good starts. Also, consider draft proofing. Wherever you feel cold air, you know you are, effectively, seeing money burn up in the atmosphere. So get sealing!

DIY cleaning products

Your last step is to look at all of your cleaning products. Most of them aren’t great for the environment, or your wallet. The thing is, it’s so easy to make your own cleaning products that don’t include nasty chemicals. It just seems pointless adding tens of pounds to your monthly shopping when you don’t have to.

This is an especially relevant point if you have kids. Those harsh products are dangerous for the atmosphere, and to your children. If you don’t have any in the home, it will automatically reduce your risk. Check our green cleaning guide for more details.

So, let us know: have we managed to change your mind?