Environmental issues are becoming huge in the media; global warming is quickly worsening, so it’s becoming a priority for people to start looking after the planet we live on, you can help out by ensuring you live in an eco friendly house.

What Is An Eco Friendly House?

An eco friendly house is where the family living in the property take extra precautions to ensure that they are environmentally friendly with most of the things they do in their home. This involves a variety of things carried out by themselves rather than appliances that can help you in doing this.

Global warming is worsening at an alarming rate, so the media are pushing environmentally friendly practices in the news to influence the public. Want to do your part for the environment? Look no further; this article is going to give you some top tips on how you can easily make your home eco-friendly while saving money, so keep reading!

Unplug Your Unused Appliances

On average homeowners in the UK leave their televisions on standby for 17 hours a day on average. Not only is this wasting your money but it’s also causing a hazard within your home, hundreds of house fires are started through home appliances that have been left plugged in throughout the day. After receiving unnecessary energy all throughout the day, it is easy for the energy to build up to a point where it sets fire, which is extremely dangerous for you and your family.

We waste copious amounts of electricity by leaving appliances on standby plugged in, which can send your electricity bills sky high so be sure to either unplug your appliances or to switch them off at the wall.

Winter Get-Togethers

Use this winter as the perfect excuse for you and your family to have a get-together; a single person can generate the same heat as a 500w heater! Whether it be a special occasion or a broken down boiler get all of your favourite people around and have fun!

friends at party at home

Get Double Glazed Windows

Although it’s very unlikely for your home to still have single paned windows, it is possible so double check! Double glazed windows do not only protect your home from losing copious amounts of heat, but they even can add extra value onto your home.

Double glazed windows have an airtight seal between two thick panes of glass; this airtight gap stops cold air from the outside making its way into your home, meaning you need less heating and can save on your energy bills! If you want extra security, then there are even triple glazed windows available for purchase!

Grow Plants

Dependant on where you live it might be difficult to get good ventilation and clean air in your home, you could live near a factory, or in the middle of the countryside and the air quality could still be awful. One way to fix this issue as well as save our planet would be to grow your own plants, whether it be sunflowers, roses, orchids or lilies they’re going to dramatically to improve the purity of their air.

If you don’t think that horticulture is your strong point, then you can just invest in an air purifier. However, this is not an eco-friendly method.

house plants

Cuddle Up With Your Pets

According to research around 13% of the population of people in the UK have cuddled up to their dogs or cats to keep them warm during the winter months to help them save some extra cash on the side. It might seem hard to believe but just like humans animals can generate the same amount of heat energy as us.

Companions such as dogs, cats and even rabbits and guinea pigs are fantastic at producing natural body heat when it can sometimes get cold during the winter months, so show your pet some love.

Utilise Your Microwave

Unbelievably a microwave uses 50% less energy than your cooker! Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should balance your diet around microwave meals, there are plenty of foods that can be prepared by using the microwave. If you are a fan of pasta, then there are a lot of pasta packs that can be prepared by using hot water and a microwave, as well as this you can make microwave cakes, rice and plenty more! Check out this article for the best microwave recipes!

woman using microwave

Replace Your Lightbulbs

Although it’s unlikely, if you have any outdated light bulbs then you should definitely replace them right away, they have been banned from being sold within the UK and the rest of the EU. This is not only due to the inefficiency of the amount of light that they produce, but it’s also because they cannot be recycled.

Since this new law was brought into place, LED light bulbs have become the latest trend used in most homes, businesses and even cars. LED bulbs are recyclable and produce a shocking 89% more light energy than an average light bulb, they are affordable and have proven extremely popular being used in art, shop floors and for public displays.

Try To Shower Over Bathing

This can be dependant on how carried away you get in the shower; a typical standard shower uses around 5 gallons of fast pumped water a minute. Whereas a bath takes on average 36 gallons of water to fill although this may differ dependant on the size of your bath.

So an entire bath uses the same amount of water as a 7-minute shower, by showering you are able to control the amount of water you use in a short amount of time as opposed to a bath that must be a certain level. If your entire family each had a bath every day, you are averaging between 36 – 200 gallons a day which is a tremendous water usage.

woman having a shower

Make Your Home Green Today!

So now it’s your turn to do something for our planet, by abiding by these simple rules you can make a dramatic difference not only to the planet but also to your energy, water and electric bills! Ask your builders Milton Keynes today for advice on home extensions and how you can produce an eco-friendly property.

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