For many homeowners, the idea of an environmentally-friendly house is a way of protecting the planet for the future generations, and while it is a positive behaviour, it comes at a high price too. However, what most households forget to take into consideration is that a green home is also cost-friendly. It doesn’t only make the world a better place tomorrow; it also saves you a tonne of money today. While many homeowners complain about the cost of home improvement projects and the installation of energy renewables at home, there are ways to create a greener home without breaking the bank.
The Green Kitchen
The kitchen is the ideal place to start embracing a green attitude because it’s one of the rooms in your home that consumes the most energy. The oven, cooking hob, fridge, and kettle are all energy-hungry appliances that you need to learn to use efficiently to save on your energy bills. Kettles, for example, consume and waste the largest amount of energy: indeed, most tea makers boil a full kettle for just a mug. If you are keen to save on your bills, look for instant boiling water taps instead, as these are designed to boil no more than what you need. Additionally, implementing a recycling system to separate plastics, paper, glass and leftover food is a cost-effective method to keep the planet greener. A green kitchen needs more care than investment.
The Green Study
With more and more people working from home, it is impossible not to think of improving the home office into a green room. For a start, keeping the energy bills in mind, it’s essential to follow some simple rules, such as unplugging your devices when you are done using them. Indeed, most devices, even though they have a standby mode tend to continue to consume energy even when they are not in use. Additionally, there can’t be any home office with a proper lighting system. Don’t think of using a desk lamp or an elegant fixture; it’s about the bulb you choose to use. LED bulb can save up to 75% of energy compared to standard bulbs. So it’s time to change the lightbulbs!
The Green Living Room
Your living room is the room that serves as a meeting point for friends and relatives. This is a comfortable space where people simply enjoy sitting around a coffee table and watching TV with a mug of tea. Surprisingly, it is also the room that consumes most of your energy in lighting, while needing it the least. It’s important to turn off the lights during day time and to make the most of the natural light, and this starts by cleaning up the windows. Natural light is essential to your mental health, and it can be part of your interior décor too. Highlight the windows and let them be part of the room ambiance so that you can make the best use of natural light.
The Green Garden
If you have a garden, you may want to consider growing your own vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Indeed, growing your own food is not only a rewarding activity, but it can save you a lot of costs – and trouble too, if you remember the courgette crisis of winter 2017 – when it comes to feeding your family. You may not be saving enough to go on holiday, but you are actively reducing the needs for product imports that are damaging on the planet.