Published on November 26th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor2
How To Run An Eco-Friendly (& Money-Friendly) Home
With the current economic climate, it is important that you try to save money in every way you can. As a homeowner, there are many different steps you can take to ensure that you run an eco-friendly home. Even if you make small adjustments and changes to your daily routine, you are sure to make a substantial contribution to helping the planet.
As energy bills continue to rise, it appears that homeowners are looking for any possible way to become more energy efficient and eco-friendly within the home, so here are some top tips for you to consider:
Change Your Light Bulbs
It may seem like a simple suggestion, but changing your regular light bulbs for energy-saving ones throughout your home will help your bulbs last longer and will ensure that you save money on your electricity bills. However, keeping your lights switched off altogether when not in use is the best way to save energy and money!
Replacing one regular light bulb with an approved fluorescent light bulb would save you up to £20 in energy costs over the life of the bulb. Not bad.
Install Solar Panels
One of the best features of solar panels is that they emit no greenhouse gas emissions or other pollution. Additionally, the fuel is free and there’s no risk of it increasing in price over the coming years.
Adding solar panels to your roof will not only make your home more energy efficient, but will also help you to save a substantial amount. According to the STA, solar thermal heating can provide a family of four with 50-65% of their hot water needs per year.
Although solar panels may seem expensive when you first buy them, they are a great investment and offer great value for money. Regardless of the weather conditions, solar panels will stand the test of time and will help you to be more energy-efficient within the home. It many places now, you’ll get a very good return on your investment, with the solar panels paying for themselves within a handful of years, and then you “making money” on your electricity bill savings for many more, perhaps even for decades!
Monitor Your Usage
Think about ways that you can monitor usage, such as using a timer and heating programmer as well as installing double glazing and roof insulation. Many homeowners often fail to monitor their usage, which can result in an extensive amount of energy use.
Change Your Windows And Insulate Your Home
Changing your windows and insulating your property with cavity wall and loft insulation will not only help you to keep heat indoors but will also ensure that you get the most out of the energy you are paying for.
By effectively insulating your home, you can help to prevent wasted energy (again, saving money) whilst you will also help to cut emissions.
Reuse And Recycle
Being eco-friendly within the home can be as simple as re-using products, so that you are not creating any waste products. If your area has a recycling policy, it is essential that you utilise this by separating all the different materials. By recycling your waste properly, you will prevent items from going straight into the landfill.
Perhaps you are looking to replace the furniture in your home? Why not give your items away to charity for free, as you will then be helping others and contributing to their wellbeing.
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