There is no denying that turning your home into an environmentally friendly space will take some time, effort, and yes, some money, but you shouldn’t let this put you off. You see, most of the things you can do to go green in the home will cost you very little if anything at all, and some of the more expensive options will often pay you back many times over in the future. Not convinced? Check out these cost-effective ways to make your home more eco-friendly:
Bin Your Bulbs
If you’re currently using incandescent light bulbs to keep your home lit up, switch them for either compact fluorescent light bulbs or LED bulbs and you could save between 66-75 percent of your current energy consumption
Instead of leaving all of your numerous gadgets on standby when they’re not in use, turn them off and unplug them to save electricity and cut your carbon footprint.
Install Solar Panels
Okay, so solar panels will set you back a few thousand dollars, but once they’re installed, they could dramatically cut your electricity use, and therefore all of your future bills, which means they will pay for themselves over the years, and if you buy from a solar panel installation company who offer interest free credit on your purchase, you won’t have to worry about finding a lump sum to pay for your panels upfront, either.
Buy Bamboo Furniture
Bamboo furniture looks great, but even more importantly, it doesn’t harm the environment nearly as much as furniture made from other materials. This is because bamboo is the quickest growing plant on earth; when you cut it down, it won’t be long before it’s back again, making it the most environmentally friendly way to furnish your home after buying used.
Instead of buying lots of shiny new stuff, visit local antique shops and thrift stores or browse eBay and Craigslist for whatever you need. This planet’s resources are finite and whatever you can do to prevent more of them being used will make a big difference to the earth and ensure you have an eco-friendly home on a budget.
Put Down Rugs
If you have wooden floors rather than carpets in your home, you might want to invest in some rugs because placing a rug on a wooden floor can cut your energy bills by 4-6 percent, which might not seem like a whole lot, but when it comes to looking after the environment, every little helps.
Use Efficient Pans
Cooking can waste a lot of energy, but it is necessary if you want to eat nutritious homemade meals. Luckily, you can cut your energy consumption costs in the kitchen by investing in glass, ceramic or silicone pans and dishes, which heat up more quickly and cook your food more efficiently.
Turn the Tap Off
Don’t waste water when you’re brushing your teeth by letting the tap run until you’re done. Turn it off until you need it and you’ll save water and money.
Do you have any tips for saving energy without spending a lot of money?