The world is a very different place to what it was just ten years ago. Sustainability has become an incredibly important part of daily life, with the threat that the way many of us live will cause permanent damage to our world, more and more people are choosing to lead more environmentally friendly lives. The good news about leading more sustainable lives is that it’s easier than ever before to do, meaning that it doesn’t have to make life harder for you and your family.
Want to know how you can lead a more sustainable life without the stress that can come with being eco-friendly? Then read on for a few simple tweaks to your lifestyle that you can make that are easy and free of stress to implement.
Swap to low energy appliances
A simple yet highly effective change that you can make is swapping to low energy appliances. This doesn’t have to mean replacing all of your old appliances at once; it just means replacing them as and when you can do. Whether that’s when they give up the ghost and stop working or when you get your Christmas bonus from work, it doesn’t matter - all that matters is that you make environmentally (and budget-friendly) friendly choices when you can. By swapping to low energy appliances, you will use less energy and therefore reduce your carbon footprint, as well as saving money on your energy bill.
Make saving energy easier with Hive, or another similar resource. Hive is an app that turns your home into a smart home, allowing you to control your home’s functions from your smartphone. From being able to turn lights down to on and off and using your phone to control your home’s heating, to using your phone to installing sensors that only turn lights on when someone is actually in a room, Hive can be a great way to reduce your energy consumption as a family.
Don’t waste drinking water on your garden, instead find a way to be more sustainable. A fantastically simple way to make collecting rainwater easier is to invest in plastic water tanks for your garden, that collect water that can then be used to keep your plants hydrated. It’s such a simple tweak but one that can make such a huge difference to how sustainable you are as a family.
Cap your water usage
Talking about water, it’s a good idea to install a water cap in your shower. There are plenty of options for this; you can install a device that reduces the amount of water your shower uses. Or, if you prefer a strong shower, there is also a device that times your shower and changes from green to orange when you’ve used more water than necessary, and then from orange to red when you’ve used far too much water.
Swap to halogen or LED bulbs
If you don’t already have energy efficient bulbs, such as halogen or LED ones, it’s important to consider swapping to them. Admittedly, these are more expensive to buy, but they use less energy which helps the environment and means that your energy bill will be cheaper. Plus, these bulbs last for double the time that conventional ones last for, making them worth the higher cost.
Simply by making these simple tweaks to how you live, you can give your home’s sustainability a boost while reducing your family’s carbon footprint.