It’s great that so many people across the globe are becoming more environmentally-conscious. Adopting a more eco-friendly way of living will not only help you create a sustainable environment but it could even save you money. If you’re thinking about being more sustainable in your home, whether it’s investing in quality furniture from the likes of Hammonds or adding more greenery. Here are 5 ways to make your home more eco-friendly.
Choose Natural Materials
When buying furniture and accessories, think about the materials they’re made from. This means you need to forego the furniture featuring plastic moulding and opt for items made from natural wood, alongside other organic and sustainable materials. Bamboo is a great option, and you can even check to see how endangered the wood is. A great option here is to buy old furniture, such as antiques, to help reduce the amount of new furniture you have. When it comes to accessories, items such as pillows, bedding and mattresses stuffed with wool, rather than synthetic materials will be best, as the synthetic materials aren’t as biodegradable.
Invest in Antiques + Vintage
While antiques may be a little costly, that doesn’t mean you should rule out the second-hand market altogether. Finding old items online at places such as eBay or Gumtree is a start, but you could upcycle these items to make whole new ones within your home – Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas to help you out when you’re looking to reuse rather than buy new.
Be Energy efficient
Being energy efficient is a key part of running a more sustainable home, and smart technology has really helped with this. From intelligent thermostats and even appliances and light bulbs that can be controlled from your phone, these can help you keep an eye on your energy consumption at all times. The fact that many of them are available in sleek and stylish designs will allow you to add them to your home with ease too, blending in with most décor choices. Upgrading your boiler to a newer and more energy efficient model is a great way to make your home eco-friendly and saves you hundreds on your heating bills every year. Upgrading your boiler system can be very expensive but thankfully there are central heating grants available for households to take advantage of.
Get Smart Lighting
Speaking of smart light bulbs, their main job is to illuminate your home. However, if you’re looking to be more sustainable while watching your energy consumption, you’ll know that having the lights off as much as possible will help with this. But, you don’t want to be living in the dark. Which is why letting the light in is sure to help. Try freeing your windows of curtains or blinds to let as much natural light in as possible – make sure you have your windows properly insulated, as you’ll run the risk of leaking heat out and negating any effects of your central heating. Of course, if you’re re-modelling, opting for big windows is a great way to do this – although pricey, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Plants, Plants, Plants
Not only do plants provide oxygen, which helps to filter out bad chemicals within the air in your home, but they’re also a great décor choice. Brightening up areas with ease and offering a fresh ambience as you bring the outdoors inside, you can never have too many plants.
So, if you’re looking to be a little eco-friendly in your home, these are just a few small changes, but they’re a great place to start.