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Saturday 16 January 2021
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12 Eco-Friendly Household Upgrades

Renovating and re-decorating your home gives you the perfect opportunity to embrace a more environmentally conscious lifestyle. Environmental change starts from each individual household, so even small changes in your home can begin to make a difference. Here are 12 simple upgrades for your home that can help you to save energy and help the environment.

 

  1. Install energy saving light bulbs. Still using regular old light bulbs? They could be costing you more than you need to spend on your energy bills and using up tons of energy in your home. Ditch the old bulbs and get yourself some far more energy-efficient LED or CFL bulbs instead. They are far more durable, cost-effective and eco-friendly.
  2. Make your own eco-friendly cleaning products. Standard household cleaners are packed with toxic chemicals that pollute both your home and the environment. Save money and boost your family’s health by making your own natural cleaning products at home. Vinegar, water and baking soda are all essential components to have around the house.
  3. Shop locally for new products. If you’re looking to buy new furnishings for your home or decorating products, avoid buying items that have to be flown across the world. Help out your local economy by shopping for locally manufactured household goods instead.
  4. Ditch the drapes. If your house tends to get a little chilly in the winter, letting light in will help warm things up. Let your windows go bare, or opt for environmentally friendly bamboo shutters instead of drapes.
  5. Swap your shower curtain. Shower curtains tend to be made from PVC, which is toxic and non-biodegradable. If you’re renovating your bathroom, opt for a glass door rather than a shower curtain.
  6. Donate or refurbish old furniture. Throwing away your unwanted old furniture means more waste to fill landfills, so try not to throw these items away. Instead, donate unwanted furniture to local thrift stores or charities, or refurbish with upholstering or paint to give them a new lease on life.
  7. Grow your own flowers and plants. Flowers can brighten up any space, and you don’t need to head to your local florists to bring some plant life into your home. Get into the garden and grow your own decorations.
  8. Repair your leaky faucets. A dripping faucet or running toilet can waste thousands of litres of water every year, so make it a goal to fix up any leaks in your home.
  9. Use sustainable flooring. Flooring is an important aspect of any home renovation, and it can make or break your green credentials. It is possible to find wood that has been sustainably sourced- just look for certification from the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure that your flooring hasn’t contributed to the devestation of the rainforests.
  10. Seal up against drafts. An irritating draft can let all of the heat out of your home in the winter and leave you feeling chilly and uncomfortable. Patch up any drafty spots by weather-stripping or caulking.
  11. Shop for vintage and thrift store finds. There’s plenty of waste in the world already, but you can do your bit to reduce the amount of old furniture going to waste by picking up second-hand items instead of buying new décor for your home. You can find some amazing vintage pieces out there if you shop around, so think beyond your local homeware store.
  12. If you do buy, buy for life. If you do decide to splash out on a brand new couch for your living room, aim to keep the furniture for life. Take good care of it and fix any problems that occur so that the furniture can stay with you for the long haul.