Most people are aware that their lifestyle has an effect on the environment, these days. But there is always more that we can do to minimise this. In fact, there are a lot of simple things we can do around the home, that can make a huge difference in caring for the environment. Just read on to find out what they are.
Conserving water is an essential way of caring for the environment. There are quite a few ways that you can do this in your own home. The first way is that you can use your old washing machine water, to water your garden and plants. They don’t mind that it has been used already, and it saves using fresh for this minor job.
Next, make sure that you fix any leaks as soon as you can. It might just look like a few drips to you, but over time that can result in loads of fresh drinkable water, that’s just wasted. Costing you money and putting an unnecessary drain on environmental resources.
Lastly, you can ban baths. While thing might not be too popular with some of your household, baths take much more water to fill that the average shower uses. Just make sure they don’t replace them with a longer shower, or all your efforts will be for naught.
There are several ways that you can be environmentally friendly in you home with you lighting. Some are just common sense like switching lights off when you are out of the room.
Others include using LED lighting which produces lots of light but uses hardly any power. Replacing all of your bulbs in your homes with LEDs ones can make a big difference, both to the environment and to your electric bill over the course of a year.
Upcycle and Recycle
Another way that you can make your home more environmentally friendly is by recycling and upcycling. Recycling is when you either use an item again multiple time, or you sort it correctly for the council to take away and use again.
Upcycling is a little different. It’s where you take an old item and repair or add to it. So it can be utilised for another purpose.
There are all sorts of fun upcycling projects that you can do. From making drawers into shelves, to turning an old piece of wood and some leftover wallpaper into a custom headboard. The best thing is that it means you are not using up environmental resources to get something new.
Grow Your Own
Growing your own fruit and vegetable is loads better for the environment. This is because you don’t use as many chemical and pesticides on homegrown items, as commercial farmers would on theirs. So the impact on the wildlife and the water table is less.
Also when you grow your own veg, it is right there in your garden and doesn’t need to be transported miles and miles to get to your door. That means that much less CO2 is released into the atmosphere when you grow your own products.
Lastly, you get to use your kitchen waste to nourish the food that you grow at home instead of it adding to our already full landfill sites!