As individuals, we can all play our part in making our homes more environmentally friendly. A few straightforward actions such as switching off lights when not in use and using only washing machines with full loads can make a significant difference not just to the environment but also our pockets. Reducing energy consumption will in turn reduce our utility bills, something that we’d all like to do and can be done very easily.
This infographic from EZ Living Interiors suggests a few ways on how we can reduce our carbon footprint at home. A good place to start is by turning off lights in rooms that are unoccupied and favouring energy-efficient light bulbs which will last for much longer than ordinary incandescent bulbs. When it comes to your dishwasher and washing machine, only use them when they have full loads. They will use the same amount of water irrespective of the loads they carry, so running a full washing machine just for a few pairs of socks and underwear is very foolish. Likewise, don’t run your dishwasher when all that’s in it is a couple of glasses and some cutlery. It’s a horrendous waste of energy that will also rack up your utility bills needlessly.
In winter, you will need to switch on the heating for a few hours a day, which is fine as long as almost all of it stays within your home. Inadequate insulation can lead to a lot of heat escaping through draughts and gaps near doors, windows and chimneys, so even if the heating is on full blast, you could still feel cold. See if you can avail of a government grant to improve your home’s insulation and keep in the heat during winter.
Check out the infographic below for further tips on making your home an increasingly eco-friendly place to live in.
Created by EZ Living Interiors
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