It’s easy to assume most eco-friendly folk are only interested in saving the environment.
However, according to George Clarke from Channel 4’s The Home Show and The Restoration Man, the majority of people will typically only change their habits if they can see the advantages for themselves.
While this may be a bit of a blanket statement, it’s safe to say that saving energy and reducing our impact on the environment should involve a holistic approach, bypassing the need to fork out exorbitant sums in an effort be more eco-friendly.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled three easy – and practical – ways, below, to help you reduce carbon emissions by living more sustainably and making your humble abode a lifelong friend of the environment …
Eco Tip #1: Install Double Glazing
It’s perhaps the most obvious advice on the list, but with the estimated combined Co2 emissions from residential properties in the UK reaching an eye watering 86 million tonnes per year, double glazed windows are ideal for lowering energy bills and boosting your eco-friendliness.
Indeed, when drafts in the home are reduced, your heating bills lower significantly. Over time, of course, the warmth in your home means the thermostat can be cranked down a notch, leading to more money in your pocket and less harm to the environment.
Eco Tip #2: Insulate Your Loft
It’s a scientific fact that the heat in your home rises – so why haven’t you bothered to insulate your loft? Experts recommend using natural or recycled material to do this, with the benefits not taking long to offset the initial expense.
For example, a standard loft will cost around £250-£300 to insulate, with this cash recouped through energy savings in around two to three years. If that isn’t enough to make you immediately insulate your loft, we don’t know what is.
Eco Tip #3: Purchase an Eco-Kettle
It’s hardly a secret that we Brits love our tea – but did you know that your run-of-the-mill kettle eats up a phenomenal amount of electricity? This is because most of us tend to boil enough water to make more cups of tea than we actually need.
The solution? An eco-kettle. Pick one up and you’ll benefit from a device that’s not only more energy efficient, but will have you positively glowing at how it can help impact on your energy bill – as well as offering a relaxing cuppa!
Now it’s over to you …
Do you have any top tips for our readers looking to make their homes more eco-friendly? Why not let us know by leaving a comment below – we’d be delighted to read your thoughts on this important issue.