We could all do a little more to protect our planet. Making just a few small tweaks to your lifestyles can make a big difference to the size of your carbon footprint. If you're keen to go green, the first place you should look to make changes is at home.
Not only will making your home more eco-friendly bring benefits to the environment, it could also save you money in the long run. So, here are some ways to be kinder to the planet, without it costing the earth.
Tech is marvellous for making our lives that little bit easier. In the home, smart meters can help you to be more energy efficient and slash your bills. With a smart meter installed, you can see what you're using in real-time, so you make smarter decisions when it comes to saving energy. Get one now and get ahead – the government has called on all gas and energy suppliers to make sure every home has a meter installed by 2020.
Statistics show the average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water every day, which is probably more than you thought. There are many tricks for keeping water usage to a minimum, such as:
LEDs are more energy efficient and cost-effective than regular lightbulbs. Swap out all bulbs in your home and you could save around £35 a year on your electricity bills – other things that'll help include:
Did you know some homeowners qualify for free boilers and loft insulation? This initiative forms part of the Energy Company Obligations (ECO) scheme and is available to people who receive tax credits, are receiving certain benefits, and have an income of £16,190 or less.
If you qualify to receive these freebies, a shiny new boiler will cut CO2 emissions and could lead to savings of up to £320 a year, while cavity wall and loft insulation could amount to savings of £450 – but you need make sure it's right for you.
Follow these tips for a greener home and a cleaner conscience. And if you have any advice of your own for living more sustainably, share it with us!
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