Great Ways To Stay Green At Home

2019 is a time for positive change in life. This can be for your working life, in your personal situation and also thinking about the future of you and your family. The planet is the most important part of the change we need to make in 2019, and even the smallest things we do every day can have a lasting effect on our home. Here are some of the ways you can save the planet by being a little more green.

Use solar panels

A large portion of the energy we use up every day and the impact we have on the plant is due to electricity. Electricity is used to power the lights in our homes, our devices, showers and appliances, and to can be costly to pay for every month in a home with a big family. This is why it’s a good idea to use solar panels like these on your home. You’ll be drawing energy from the sun every day and which can be used to power your home. It can be a great step in the right direction for the environment.

Turn the heat down

In the winter it is hard to imagine a day going by where we aren’t using heat to keep us warm. However, heating can cost a lot of money and use a lot of energy, which is bad for the planet. I’m not saying that you should never spend money on heating your home, but you can reduce it a little by simply turning the temperature down by one or two degrees.

Use energy saving bulbs

When you want to make a change to your home and the way you use your energy, one of the easiest things you can do is use energy saving bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs are longer lasting, brighter, and they use less electricity than older ones. It really is a no brainer for you and it will make your life so much easier in the long run.

Use cool water

Washing clothes is one of those big tasks we often do every weekend to get everything ready for the week ahead, and when we are washing multiple loads each week it can be pretty costly and use a lot of energy. To reduce the energy usage you can simply change the temperature setting to cold and this will have a lasting impact on your home in a positive way. It will also be a more delicate wash for items which need the extra care and attention.

Plant dry loving plants in the garden

The summertime is when the garden comes to life and it gives us some stunning shapes and colors to look at during the warmer months. But we often have dry spells in the summer and this can mean spending a lot of time watering your plants to keep them alive. But if you choose plants which are drought resistant, you won’t have to use as much water and you’ll still be able to enjoy the beautiful greenery.

Ditch the car

Our cars are one of the biggest causes of global warming as they emit lots of harmful gases into the atmosphere every time we drive. This is why it is crucial for us to try and use the car as little as we can. If your work is within walking distance or biking distance, choose this instead of a car. The commute will be less stressful and less expensive too.

Use a recyclable coffee cup

If you want to make a small change during your everyday life, you can start by using your own travel mug for coffee instead of the paper ones in the coffee shop. There is a good reason for this and it is to minimize plastic waste in the environment and protect our wildlife as much as we can. Some coffee shops might even give you money off for using your own mug so it’s a win-win!

Eat meatless Mondays

One of the interesting ways to stay a little greener this year is to actually eat a little less meat every week. One reason why you would want to eat less meat is that the way meat is produced seriously impacts our environment. Having at least one meatless day a week can make a difference to your health and the planet too.

Insulate the house

Most of our energy consumption happens at home each and every day, this is why it is always crucial for us to look at our homes and make smart changes. If you find yourself always using far too much energy and spending too much money each day, you might want to insulate the home. Insulation is a way of locking in the heat to your home and it will mean that you don’t spend as much on your heating bills each month. Insulation can be done under the floors, in the walls and also in the roof for maximum heat conservation in the house. It will negate the need for you to have the heating on all day every day and you’ll spend much less money and make a difference to the environment too! It’s a win-win!

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