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How to Have an Environmentally Friendly Home

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Everyone is trying to live “greener” and become more environmentally friendly. Many people don’t realise is that it’s also much cheaper.

Choose Environmentally Friendly Products for an Environmentally Friendly Home

– Use recycled paper plates, paper towels and napkins. These are available beside the normal paper products. There are even coupons available which make them the same price as similar products.
– Say no to bottled water. Filtered tap water is perfectly safe. Plastic water bottles do not decompose well and are filling up the landfills too fast. PET bottles can be recycled, but why are we making so many of them in the first place. We drink 3 litres of water a day. that’s 6 plastic bottles. Now there should be a cut off point – these bottles are completely re-usable. We should already have no need for plastic bottles as we have a stock in our home. Sadly not, we throw them away and buy another tomorrow. This is disastrous for environment and significantly increasing our carbon footprint.
– Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products. These products do not contain toxic chemicals that they are between up in the sewers, ocean and water supply. In addition, they produce very little if any fumes so they improve the air quality inside the home.

Environment friendly cleaning

Environment friendly cleaning

Energy for an Environmentally Friendly Home

– Install a programmable thermostat. This one is a no brainer and can possibly save the most money. Remember less energy waste equals more household savings. It also means less use of renewable energy we create, and therefore less reliance on fossil fuels.
– Insulate the home better – cavity wall insulation and loft insulation can make significant differences to your heating bill, and subsequently, the amount of energy used in the home.
Weather strip and caulk all doors and windows. To determine if this needs to be done, hold a lighter near the cracks of windows and doors. If the flame flickers, there is a draft that needs to be sealed. You’ll see the flame drawn and pushed away from the window quite easily.


Washing Clothes in an Environmentally Friendly Home

– Skip the dryer. Instead get a clothes line, or simply hang the items up on hangers in the closet to dry. If the closet door remains open most clothes will dry fine by themselves. If there’s plenty of sunlight and wind, your clothes will be fresher for it as well.
– Always wait until there is a full load of laundry before running the washing machine. The same goes for the dishwasher too. Setting off half a load is extremely wasteful, not the detergent, I am sure you put less in, but the same electrical energy is used. We can’t afford to waste our solar power.

Drying clothes outdoors

Drying clothes outdoors

Outdoor Ideas for an Environmentally Friendly Home

– Don’t throw away hazardous waste. Not only does this apply to paint, paint thinner, automobile oil, and chemicals.
– Use a manual lawn mower. These require no gas, make no noise and allow users to get a little exercise while using them. This is a win-win for both the home owner and the environment.

Save Water to Have an Environmentally Friendly Home

– Install a low-flow toilet. Low flow toilets save tons of money and water. If a new toilet isn’t in the budget, place a clean brick in the tank of the toilet will achieve the same benefit.
– Stop leaks. Check all of the faucets, inside and out, and make sure that there are no drips or leaks. Water is precious, don’t waste it.
– Trying to have a more environmentally friendly home is not only good for the environment it’s good for the family too.

Don’t replace, sash window repair is the new eco hack

sash window repair

Don’t replace, sash window repair is the new eco hack

Whatever you do, don’t replace your sash windows, there’s a dozens more alternatives out there before replacing your original joinery and we will take a look at them together. It’s possible you have some rot, and your sill or sash need a splice, many companies will tell you they need entirely replacing, in fact some unscrupulous companies hide behind the ethos of repair, to validate the fact they condemn all windows and offer a hard sell. Just take an example poor customer who was duped into having all her sash windows removed for an inferior UPVC, when all she really needed was a good bit of sash window repair.

There are dozens of articles out there about sash window repair and how to fix sash windows with broken cords, and then there are even more comprehensive sash window repair resources available here which detail exactly how to go about repairing sash windows rather than costly replacement. Sash windows can also be draught proof and there are several government incentives to go green with your sash windows. Basically depending on your London postcode theres a fair chance your windows can be repaired, draught proofed, and if lucky you might even be entitled to double glazing. This is incredibly good incentives from governments, who are being forced to aware of the perils of climate change and carbon footprints which in recent studies have proven to be of significant cause for concern.

We highly recommend you carry out sash window repair before replacing, the damage to the environment is not limited to the glass that needs to be manufactured, trees also need cutting down to make new windows and then the energy required to process the tree into a window is no small matter. Sash window repair on the other hand is sympathetic and cost effective making it the perfect eco hack.