6 simple changes for a greener home
In today's economic climate many of us are looking for simple ways to make our homes greener. Making small changes means that you'll hardly notice the difference until your utility bills arrive and then you should have made some saving albeit a few pounds. But that isn't the only reason people want a greener lifestyle, many are very conscious about the importance of lowering their carbon footprint. As such there are 6 simple changes you can make for a greener home:
1. Low flow taps/shower heads
Low flow taps can make a real difference in water consumption, which is really good news if your home has a water meter. Low flow taps and shower heads are now common place and if you have a newly refurbished kitchen or bathroom the chances are you'll already have low flow taps without even realising it.
2. Energy saving bulbs
We're all aware of the vast difference and savings low energy bulbs offer. Use them in table lamps, as well as central lighting in all rooms.
3. Make your own compost
Making your own compost is really easy and a great way of recycling. Even if you don't have a garden your vegetables peelings can be recycled as many local councils offer a compost collection service.
4. Block drafts
Howling gales from ill fitting doors, windows and floorboards need to be blocked if you're serious about going green. Make door draught excluders from curtain fabric – you can even use the fabric as the rest of your soft furnishings for a totally co-ordinated look. Use thermally lined curtains, especially if you live in an older house, the linings will help retain heat inside your rooms; thermal blinds are a great alternative.
5. Turn down the heating
Drop your thermostat a degree or two and you won't notice the difference – you'll be lowering your carbon footprint and have a pleasant surprise when your utility bill drops on the mat.