Making your home more eco-friendly doesn’t have to cost thousands, there are many things you can change that will make a huge difference to your bills, and help to reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
From changing your light bulbs, to taking shorter showers, we have put together a list of easy ways you can ensure your house is as eco-friendly as possible.
Energy saving light bulbs – Lighting accounts for over 10% of household energy therefore having energy saving light bulbs is vital to ensuring you have an eco-friendly home.
Save water – Take shorter showers, only wash your clothes when you’ve got a full load and don’t use your dishwasher/wash up until you have full capacity.
Buy bulk and local – Reduce the amount of time you travel to the supermarket, and go to local shops and suppliers. Remember to buy in bulk, this will save you many trips to the shop.
Turn electrics off – If you’re not using it, turn it off. This includes your toaster and kettle, and if you can stop charging your phone over night! Leaving your TV on standby is costing you between £45-£80 a year!
Adjust heating to seasons – This should go without saying, but adjust your heating throughout the year. During autumn you shouldn’t use the same amount of heating as you would in the winter months. And turning down your central heating by just 1 degree can save you up to £85 a year!
Wash at 30 – Washing at 30 degrees reduces heat; 90% of a washing machine’s energy is spent on heating water – not only will this save you energy, but money too.
Let the sun shine – Open all blinds and curtains. Not only will the sun naturally warm your home, you won’t need to use any lights.
Energy Star windows – Windows labelled as ENERGY STAR are extremely energy efficient, and will ensure your home is eco-friendly.
Insulate your loft – 50% of heat is lost through poorly insulated attics, especially in older houses. By keeping the energy in, you’ll keep you heating bills down. Find out more about Ploughcroft’s Eco-Roof here
To find out more, give us a call on 01422 202919.