Go Green This Winter: Ways To Make Your House More Eco Friendly
Over the winter, it’s harder to stay eco friendly than at other times of the year. It’s cold, so we want to stay cozy by keeping the heating on for longer, and it’s definitely harder to drag ourselves out of the hot shower and into the real world every morning! But it’s important that you honor your commitment to the planet at this time of year. Here are some tips on how to make sure your home’s eco friendly this winter…
Switch Your Light Bulbs
If you use regular light bulbs, switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. These will use only a quarter of the energy that regular bulbs do, plus they last up to ten times longer, meaning that they’ll save energy in that fewer of them will also have to be made. You should also ensure that you switch off your lights every time you leave the room.
Get A Water Filter
Quite simply, you shouldn’t be drinking bottled water. A lot of people complain about the taste of water from the tap, particularly if you live in a big city, but unless there are problems with your water supply or the cleanliness of your tap water, then you shouldn’t need to buy bottled water. Not only is it bad for the environment in that it uses a lot of plastic that many people often don’t recycle, but the production and transportation of plastic bottles uses up a lot of fossil fuels. Instead of bottled water, invest in a water filter. Keep it in your fridge and invest in water bottles with inbuilt filters to carry around with you.
Go With Solar Energy
We all know that solar energy is excellent for the environment. It’s a truly sustainable form of energy that will never run out as it’s taken from the sun, and it will help to bring your energy bills down, often in the tens of thousands over a number of years. The technology behind solar power is constantly changing and developing – it’s a rising and interesting new industry, so get in there to transform your home and your energy bills. Look online to get a free energy analysis before making your decision.
Unplug Your Electronics
Make sure you unplug your electronics like your TV and your radio overnight. Generally at this time of day they sit on standby – if the little red light is still on, it isn’t turned off as much as you want it to be. Unplugging them at the wall will reduce your energy bill and ensure that you’re using less fossil fuels.
Insulate Your House
One of the best ways to reduce your energy bill is to make your house warmer. It’s very possible to do that without making too many huge changes to your home. Make sure that your walls are fully insulated, along with your roof. You should also check for draughts around your doors and windows if you find yourself suspiciously cold. If you can’t find where the draught is, hold up a candle and see where the flame flickers.