Wanting to go green in order to become more environmentally friendly, reduce your carbon footprint, and to become more self-sufficient requires some forward-thinking and a few lifestyle changes. Having the intention to do so is great but knowing how to do it even better. There are many ways to can become greener in your home and these are just a few of them:
Consider renovation work such as changing out old windows for newer and more efficient double or triple glazing. This adds extra protection against heat loss through your windows saving you money in the long term. The same for your insulation. If you haven’t had your insulation looked at in a long time, then it is worth considering to have it refreshed and upgraded. In older houses, this is especially worth looking into as heat can be lost easily through poorly insulated walls and attics. When you start to really make movement in your project to become more eco friendly it is definitely worth your time to speak to an expert in building and renovating an eco home. Even if you don’t use their services in the end, at least having the right information going forward is a massive bonus.
If you have a garden of a decent size then consider setting up a DIY compost heap. Households waste so much food over their lifetime and that is money just being thrown away. Instead of binning your kitchen scraps set up a simple composting heap in your garden and start adding your scraps to it. You will be amazed when you start to realise just how much food waste you actually produce and hopefully it inspires you to be less wasteful with cooking in the long run. If it can’t be composted then remember to recycle everything you are able to. Recycling costs nothing and helps you make strides in reducing your overall waste.
Grow your own
Growing your own fruit, veg and herbs is a highly satisfying and money-saving endeavor. You don’t even need a large garden or green space to get started either. You can reuse old milk jugs, potato sacks, or buy a small greenhouse that provides shelter to your plants. Being able to grow your own food is a great step towards green self-sufficiency which is not only a money saver for you but a great step forward environmentally as well.
Save your own, make your own
Recycling is a great way to reduce waste destined to landfills, but what if you could stop it going there in the first place? Consider recycling or upcycling your waste or unused items to create fresh new ones. For exemplar re-upholster old furniture using old clothes instead of spending money having it done elsewhere. You could even turn old clothing items into a patchwork design to make new ones. If tied off correctly old t-shirts, shorts and trousers can become cushions or reusable bags. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your own imagination.