We constantly hear how we should be more eco-friendly, but what does it actually mean? To be more environmentally friendly means to adopt a lifestyle that does not harm the planet, or at least minimise the negative effects we have on it.
More and more damage is happening to the environment, and we need to make an effort to reverse or reduce climate change as much as possible. There are multiple ways we can implement sustainability in our lives, and many can be done from the comfort of our home.
Start small with simple changes like swapping plastic water bottles for a water filter. It doesn’t have to be drastic or hinder your life, but for every little change each individual makes, can have a massive impact on the environment.
Work your way up to becoming completely eco-friendly, from replacing water bottles, to installing solar panels. Switching to renewable energy sources can be pricey, but check if there are any grants available to help make it more affordable.
Many individuals find it difficult to make meaningful changes as they don’t know where to start. In this guide, we’ll look at some tips for making your home more eco-friendly, as we enter the new year with good intentions.
In 2024, homeowners, property developers and those looking to rent are starting to realise the importance of eco-living, which is why modern buildings are becoming more eco-friendly. Keep reading for some tips on ways you can become more eco-friendly and turn your home into one that helps protect the environment.
1. Use natural eco-cleaning products
Did you know that many of our cleaning products contain ingredients that are harmful to the environment? Washing detergents used to clean our homes and clothes have some of the most toxic chemicals that can harm the planet. If we choose to use eco-cleaning products to the clean our homes, these sustainably grown ingredients will not harm the environment when ejected back out. Look for household products that are non-synthetic. You can also limit the number of products you throw away – makeup pads, for example. Try opting for reusable pads that can be washed instead of disposed of after you’ve used them.
Why not try making your own natural cleaning products? With more time on our hands than we might usually have, it could be the ideal opportunity to experiment. Homemade cleaning solutions are just as effective as ones you would buy in the shop. Not only are natural products better for the environment but your health too. Try using white wine vinegar to clean your glassware, and baking soda and lemon juice to revitalise your oven like Beavermaids. Not only will your cooking appliances look as good as new but will have a great citrus smell too.
2. Use eco-energy and smart technology
Something that’s caught the attention of many homeowners is how to become more energy-efficient. This can be as simple as swapping your lightbulbs for LED ones – these will not only make your home more eco-friendly but will use less electricity too, which could lead to some great monthly savings. Most modern buildings will now include state of the art eco-features, but nothing is stopping you from installing them too. Low carbon features include eco-lighting, eco-heaters, solar panels and anything else that can reduce energy waste. Property investment companies such as RWinvest are keen to meet the demand of eco-conscious homeowners and renters. This UK-based company is working with investors to secure the launch of their new eco-development – Element – The Quarter, which will undoubtedly encourage others to follow in their footsteps.
As well as eco-energy, you could incorporate smart technology into your home too. Things like using a programmable thermostat to control your heating will allow you to go green this year. With this type of smart technology, you can manage your heating system from anywhere, at any time. This technology connects straight to your smartphone and can be controlled through devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Another great bit of kit to invest in could be a smart security system for your home. Rest assured that your new eco-friendly home will be protected at all times and can be accessed remotely whilst at work or when you’re away on holiday.
3. Upcycle your furniture
Whilst many of us have been confined to our home space, there has been an increase in people wanting to redecorate. Instead of buying new furniture pieces, why not have a go at some DIY and upcycle the furniture you already have. By getting creative, you could also involve the whole family in your projects too – make it a fun weekend of painting and decorating to help pass the time in lockdown. There are so many online guides to help you and an ample amount of designs to choose from on platforms like Pinterest and Instagram – save the looks you like and start recreating today!
Not only will upcycling your furniture help to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites making you more eco-friendly, but it will allow your creativity and innovation to flourish. Learn how to make one of a kind pieces and help conserve the limited resources we have when it comes to producing more materials.
The carbon footprints that we make is having a detrimental effect on the environment. People across the globe need to realise the damage we are causing and learn how to become more eco-conscious. If every homeowner, landlord, and tenant did their bit to become more eco-friendly, we would be taking a step in the right direction to help protect the planet and ensure a planet is left for generations to come. From the many tips we’ve looked at, there are multiple ways you can reduce the negative impact you’re having, and from there, we can encourage others to do the same. The home is a great place to start making a difference and lead a more sustainable life.
Let us know which of the tips you’ve tried and wish to apply in 2024 as you not only save money on energy bills but become a greener, smarter you.