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.
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.
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.
Cavity wall insulation is a great way to reduce the cost of your energy bills whilst improving the quality of your home comfort. Cavity wall insulation serves to reduce heat loss, and a handy bi product is the reduce noise transfer through walls, leaving you feeling extra snug and secure.
Cavity wall insulation is an epoxy foam that is pumped into the cavity of your walls. This stops draughts and air transfer as well as binding the walls together nicely. Many holes are drilled externally so that the foam does not need to be injected into one area alone. Multiple holes ease and assist the transfer through the cavity reducing friction, and increasing the likelihood of completely filling the cavity without leaving spaces.
Once the holes are drilled and the foam is filled entirely the compound is left to set and cure. Once cured any foam that escaped can now be trimmed off and the drilled out holes can be made good. It’s a little difficult on exposed brick homes as you can clearly see the drilling which is unfortunate but the benefits far outweigh the negative impact on aesthetics. If your home is rendered then the impact is minimal. The render is patch and then painted over leaving no visible marks from the installation of foam.
20% of heat is lost through walls and it is the second most important part of improving the conditions in your home. Loft Insulation being the only better value job pound for pound. I suggest you take a look at loft insulation first if you haven’t already.
This is the second largest heat loss area, second only to the loft. The cost of cavity wall insulation has risen dramatically in the last few years mainly because the amount the government will subsidise this important energy saving job has reduced significantly. Most homes that are large, will need to contribute more than the government now does if your unlucky. The costs contribution your end might range from £200 to £500. However much the cost, the job provides assured heating payback as well as making the home more comfortable. I highly recommend cavity insulation as long as your house brickwork does not suffer from damp or your in coastal areas.
The last remaining important factor to discuss is the quality of tradesman you use. There is a big difference between a poor and a good cavity wall installation. If your installer does not drill enough holes close together the chance of having pockets of air is quite high. You also must consider a good installation will have as smaller impact on the aesthetics of your home as is possible.