Going green can mean all sorts of things, and it doesn’t have to refer to anything big or major. There are plenty of ways to make small changes around our home and garden that will push us on a green direction. It can be about saving energy, saving water or generally being a little more self-sufficient than you are right now. And it doesn’t have to be particularly complicated to get it right either.
To help you get started with going green, we’re going to look at some of the things that you can do to take a greener and cleaner approach to your home life. This is always the best place to start when going green because there are so many little things we can do and they all have an impact. So read on now to find out how to make green changes around your home and garden.
Replace Any Wooden Window Frames
If you have wooden window frames in your home, they’re almost certainly wasting energy for you in the home. These types of frames make it so easy for heat to escape from the home, so during winter, you will have to spend way more money than necessary on keeping the home warm. So be sure to replace any wooden frames with metal or PVC alternatives at the first opportunity you get. You’ll save plenty of energy and you won’t end up spending more on your heating bill than you need to.
Keep Heat Inside With Thicker Curtains
Another thing we can do to save energy and keep more heat inside our home is make use of thicker curtains. These might seem too bulky and cumbersome to use in your home, but if you care about stopping the heat from escaping and wasting money, it’s something that you should at least consider for some of the rooms in your home. It’s a relatively small change that can make a big difference.
Create Your Own Compost
Creating our own compost is one easy and straightforward way to be a little more self-sufficient. It’s easy enough to create in your garden and you can then use it for all your gardening needs later down the line. It saves you having to buy it and it’s better for the environment for you to do this sort of thing by yourself rather than buying from elsewhere.
Track Your Energy Usage With a Smart Monitor
When you can see exactly how much energy you’re actually using each day. It becomes a lot easier to see where you’ve been going wrong and how you can improve going forward. Sometimes you have to see things with your own two eyes before you come to the realization that you’ve been using too much energy. You can track and see exactly how much energy you’ve been using by having a smart monitor installed in your home. It’ll encourage you to use less. It is so useful, I promise.
Collect Rainwater and Use it When Gardening
If you’re (like me) someone who has a large garden and lots of plants and flowers to take care of, you’ll definitely need to think about more sustainable ways to use water. Rather than using a hose connected to the water supply, I collect and store rainwater instead. You can then water your garden on the days when there’s no rain with the water you collected on the days when it was raining. All you need is a basic rain collecting setup and you’ll be done in no time at all.
Invest in Solar Panels
Solar panels on homes are becoming more common all the time. If it’s not something that we’ve considered much up to now, it’s about time we did. There are ways to have them installed very affordably. Or you could pay more if you want to have a battery installed that will allow you to store the energy generated and use it whenever you want to. It’s up to you to decide which kind of setup you want to put in place.
Insulate Your Loft Space
Insulation is key and you should already have it in your walls, but have you also thought about your loft space. A lot of heat can escape through this part of the home if you’re not being careful, and that’s obviously you’ll want to avoid. So insulate your loft and make sure heat can’t escape through there. It doesn’t take much time or money to get this work done, but it will certainly save you a lot going forward so it’s in your best interests to do this now.
Buy Furniture Items Made From Recycled Materials
Furniture items that are made from recycled materials are very popular right now as more people try to take a more sustainable approach to furnishing their homes. By choosing this option over a more conventional one, we will be saving resources and the energy that goes into creating a completely new furniture item. This one simple change to how you buy will massively change things for the better. And there are so many creative recycled solutions out there for you to make the most of these days.
I hope these green changes will help you to have a more positive relationship with the planet and stop you from making your carbon footprint any bigger than it needs to be. If you do your bit to help the planet and save some money at the same time, it definitely does make sense to go for it.