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Eco friendly improvements to make to the home

Making your home more sustainable may be done in a variety of ways, from installing solar panels to setting up a compost bin. Even little things like adding an indoor plant or 2 can make a difference. Sustainable home improvements can improve your health and well-being, reduce your footprint, and help you save money on energy. 

Add light efficiency

LED lights consume up to 90% less energy than traditional bulbs. During the summer, hanging curtains over your windows will help keep your home cool and lessen the strain on your air conditioner. When selecting curtains, keep in mind that light colours will reflect the most sunlight away from your home. Even though you’ll definitely need to use your home’s lights more often with curtains, keeping your home cool will use less energy than keeping it lit (especially if you’re using energy-efficient light bulbs). 

If you’re building your own home, think about your climate when deciding where to put windows, how big they should be, and if you’ll want to cover them. 

Use salvaged, recycled, or repurposed materials 

When making modifications to a home, one should constantly practise reducing, reusing, and recycling. A lot of unnecessary waste is usually generated during renovations and new construction. The genesis of the materials for your home and their ultimate disposal typically occur at different times. The enormous cost and waste reduction advantages of decorating (or, in some cases, even building) a home with refurbished or salvaged materials are not often known to homeowners. 

When remodelling a room in your home, whether you’re putting in new flooring, cabinets, doors, or anything else, think about using recycled materials. Wood, beams, doors, flooring, copper, and other repurposed or reclaimed materials are available in surprising quantities and at prices that may surprise you. They are still structurally solid. The availability of recycled materials continues to be the main obstacle to the widespread adoption of this approach. 

Start a compost bin 

Did you realise that food scraps and yard garbage make up more than 30% of what we discard? Given that there is tonnes of waste each year, finding a way to reduce, reuse, or recycle this trash might have a substantial environmental impact (almost 5 pounds per person each day). 

By beginning a compost bin, you can turn that garbage into organic matter, which you can then incorporate into the soil to promote plant growth. By composting, you can slow down global warming one banana peel or used coffee grind at a time. To stop climate change, healthy soil is crucial.

Shop In A Sustainable Way

You may make your house and yard greener by choosing eco-friendly furnishings for them. Consider using eco-friendly paints, electronics and appliances that are energy-efficient, and solar-powered devices. 

When purchasing a new appliance responsibly, seek for the Energy Star label, which certifies that the appliance satisfies strict requirements for energy efficiency. Observe the EnergyGuide label as well. Meanwhile, new energy labelling in the UK now assigns grades of A to G to appliances such washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, lights, and TVs. The rating from A+++ to G is now obsolete.

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