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Going Green – Your Essential Home Checklist

Going Green – Your Essential Home Checklist

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Most of us are keen to save a buck or two when it comes to running our homes. And most of us are pretty wary about how we’re impacting the environment too. Fortunately, the two are closely related. The greener you live, the less money it costs to be comfortable in your own home. Best of all, it’s quite simple and easy to start saving money right away with just a few changes. Here is your essential home checklist to get you going toward greener (and cheaper) living:

Recycle

All of us have recycled something at some point in our lives. But did you know it’s quite easy to recycle almost everything? Before you throw something in the trash, consider the kerbside collections. To make it easier to take advantage of this service, you could organize your containers to be more accessible in your kitchen or utility area. To help your family recycle more, print off a picture of all the things that can go in each one. This is particularly handy for the kids when they’re doing their chores. And don’t forget your local recycling center for all those broken electrical items and batteries!

Solar

It’s true that generating your own electricity can save you thousands. Many systems feed back into the grid, and you can be paid for what you generate. Even if you’re not on that kind of tariff, using your vacuum, dryer, and electric heaters when the sun shines could cost you nothing. You might be looking for a specific tariff like the ones from this veteran owned solar company. Or you may just be after something that works around your lifestyle. Either way, less power from the grid saves you money, and you’re helping to save the environment too.

Winter

If you’re about to feel the icy grip of winter, then it’s time to go green and save your wallet and the environment. Most of us use the heating system at this time of year. Have you added extra insulation to your cavity walls, loft space, window frames and doorways? Your heat could be escaping the house without it. Draft excluders like fuzzy foam strips cost very little but can make an enormous difference to retaining the heat in your home. Loft insulation may cost a little more, but it will be worth it for a warmer, cheaper winter.

 

Natural

We’re all determined to keep our homes clean and germ-free. Sadly, many of the products we use could be contaminating our houses with dangerous chemicals. There are plenty of wonderful natural cleansers you can make or buy. Lemon, vinegar, and baking soda are just a few of the most well-known ones. Use steam to avoid wasting water, and to ensure a germ-free clean around the home.

There are so many ways you can reduce the cost of running your home. A few changes to your lifestyle can also cut costs. Whether you’re into protecting the planet and saving the environment or not, it’s worth exploring more ways you can save money.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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