6 Quick Tips for a Greener, Cheaper Home

Putting wall stickers and wall decals aside, as we’re all still felling the pinch a bit we thought about researching into how you can save money running your home and make it a bit greener to. We found some interesting tips from www.ecoworld.com, so we thought we’d share. You’ll be surprised that a greener home is easier on your wallet than you may think!

Tip 1 – Replace five light bulbs in your home

Changing the light bulbs within your home is one of the easiest things you can do, just remember not to over stretch! Did you know that if every home in America swapped 5 of their light bulbs for 5 Energy efficient bulbs it would reduce greenhouse emissions to the equivalent of more than 9 million cars! Energy efficient light bulbs may be a fraction more expensive than conventional but they last up to 5 times longer and save the planet at the same time, plus they provide better light.

Tip 2 – Always use Energy Efficient products

Always look for the energy efficiency logo on any home appliance. To be fair most of the products on the market today are quite efficient but still remain vigilant. Household items that are labelled in such a way are TV’s, fridges (especially), washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, light bulbs to name but a few. Below is an example Euro energy efficiency label:

How energy efficient are your appliances?
Always buy efficient products

Obviously when you go to purchase products for your home the majority if electrical will bear the sticker above or one similar. It’s best to choose products that are closer to the green (A) as you can get them. The arrow on the label will give you an indication as the current output of the particular model.

Tip 3 – Heat your home wisely

It’s not always ideal to whack up the thermostat when it’s freezing outside, just put on another layer! If only that were true. We’re all guilty of being liberal with the thermostat control but step back and think for a minute next time you go to change the dial. Why not turn it down by just a few degrees and wrap yourself up? You’d still benefit from your homes heating but you’d be emitting less emissions and be saving a few quid at the same time. Not to mention the overall effect you’d be having making your home greener thus helping Mother Nature.

Tip 4 – Benefit from home Insulation

Home insulation has become very popular recently and can be achieved for less than you may think. A home without insulation will literally be leaking warm air out into the atmosphere which is not what you want, just imagine it as your money leaking away! With reference to tip 3 you’d be warmer by turning your thermostat down and taking advantage from the warm air being trapped and circulated within your home which would make you save up to 20% on your heating bills. Insulating your home is a do-it-yourself job and the best places to insulate your home is in the loft or basement. It’s a case of simply unrolling the insulation and flattening down into the desired areas as it’s quite a conformable material.

Tip 5 – Use Green power sources

Have you ever stopped for a moment and considered sourcing some of your homes energy from a renewable source such as solar or wind energy? This may have sounded a bit futuristic a few years ago but it’s now becoming common practice. This type of installation can be affordable if you shop around and it can actually save you money, not to mention the massive reduction of emissions from your home used in conjunction with Eco friendly products as mentioned above.

Tip 6 – Reuse and Recycle!

This is probably the most important tip within this post. It’s easy (we all do it) to throw away packaging and not take into consideration where that packaging will end up. In most cases your rubbish will end up in land fill, a big hole in the ground where it’s left, forever. Simply choose to recycle, get yourself a plastic bin in the kitchen (or wherever!) and put your empty cartons and recyclable items in it and make this routine. Then once you’ve built up a collection of recyclable items you can take it ot your local recycling depot or get a special bin from your council. Just think before you throw it away!

It’s not just your rubbish that is under the spotlight, keep taps turned off when brusing your teeth, don’t overfill your bath, un-plug the TV at night time, turn lights off if rooms are empty etc. It’s really is common sense but if we all play a part no matter how big or small we’ll be protecting the planet for future generations, think about it.