We are all trying to do our bit with supporting the planet by being more sustainable; from recycling to buying second-hand. But what can we do inside our homes that is quick and easy to implement and will reduce the carbon footprint of our home? A recent study by Viessmann shared nine simple swaps that we can do and today I wanted to dive into some of these below to share my thoughts and any top tips. Remember that if we all make small steps, together we can make a big change!
Use smart heating controls
A smart heating control is a device that allows you to control your home heating system remotely using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This means, remotely you can turn on your heating for when you actually need it not only saving your footprint but also money. They can also provide insights into your energy usage. meaning you can review your consumption and alter your behavior if needed.
Install a renewable heating system
A renewable heating system is a type of heating system that uses renewable energy sources to generate heat for your home or building. Renewable heating systems are becoming increasingly popular as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as oil and gas. The benefits include lower energy bills, reduced carbon emissions, and increased energy independence. While they may have higher upfront costs compared to traditional heating systems, they can provide significant long-term savings and help to protect the environment.
Draught-proof your home
Draught-proofing your home means sealing gaps and cracks in your windows, doors, and other areas of your home to prevent cold air from entering and warm air from escaping. Again there is a cost upfront but you will save on energy bills afterward. This is particularly key if you live in an old house.
Switch to low-energy lighting
Choosing low-energy lightbulbs has many benefits; they last up to 25 times longer than regular bulbs plus low-energy lighting can help to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable environment. LED bulbs also contain no toxic elements and are fully recyclable, making them a more environmentally friendly choice.
Pay attention to efficiency when choosing appliances
The best thing to do when an appliance breaks down is to fix it but this is not always possible. When buying new, look out for the efficiency ratings as again some will be better for the planet and your purse. You can always buy second-hand appliances too but these may end up being less efficient.
Reduce, reuse and recycle
All councils in the UK offer free recycling plus there are tidy tips where you drop off larger items. However, always try to donate first. Larger items like furniture can be given away via local Facebook groups as can your old clothes. Consider whether you actually need items before you buy them and ask yourself whether you have something else that will do the job already.
Other things to consider:
- Choose second-hand furniture and decor; sites like eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Etsy are great for this as are of course charity shops. You could always look to free sites too such as Freecycle.
- Mend things when they break; and if this is too hard for your skill set, pay someone locally to come and do the job.
- Grow your own salad and vegetables, even just on a sunny windowsill if your garden is small. This means you will be eating in-season food, but also reducing the carbon footprint of shipping and shopping.
- Make where you can; cushions from old material for example- check out my DIY projects here. You can always upcycle too!
- When you do decide to buy, choose from local businesses supporting the local economy and reduce your home carbon footprint.
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