GUEST POST: Cost-Efficient Methods to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Posted on November 14 , 2017 in Homeowners, technology, Smart Homes, Green, New Homes by GUEST

Would you like to bring your contribution to protecting the environment while lowering your electricity bills? You can choose from a wide array of methods that range from being more conscientious of your resources to installing specific systems that make your house more eco-friendly. Whatever your contribution, even the small things add up and matter.   

1. Unplug Electronics You’re Not Using

We’re all guilty of this: we leave our TVs, laptops, speakers and many other gadgets plugged even when we’re not using them. Whether we prefer to always have them on stand-by, ready for our commands, or we simply forget about them, keeping them plugged in consumes electricity. Start making a habit of turning off your TV when you head out to the grocery store. In the same vein, make sure all of the lights in the house are turned off when you leave for work. Turn off or unplug any fans, aromatherapy oil diffusers, night lamps, coffee makers and toasters every time you go on vacation. Not only will this help decrease your monthly energy bill, it’s also safe practice.

2. Opt for Bamboo Flooring

Affordable, good looking and, most importantly, eco-friendly, bamboo flooring is the best choice if you find yourself in the market for new floors. Bamboo grows super-fast and can reach maturity in 4-5 years, as opposed to other trees used for making hardwood floors that can take 20 years to achieve full height. After bamboo trees are harvested, they easily regenerate and start re-growing immediately. Other perks of having bamboo floors is that they are easy to clean (in comparison to having thick carpets that trap dust and dirt), are biodegradable, recyclable, and can offer a long service life, if properly taken care of. 

3. Install Efficient Water Heaters

If you find yourself in the market for a new water heater (something that happens every 10 years or so) the coolest new technology is actually a water heater that recycles the energy in drain water. This state-of-the-art system redefines how water and heat are used. After extracting heat from the water collection tank, it then transfers it into the heater cylinder, a process similar to what your refrigerator does. So, unused heat is never sent to the sewer, but reused by you time and time again, boosting efficiency.

4. Get Winter Plumbing Advice

Unsure about the current state of your plumbing system? Burst and cracked pipes are more common during cold winter months because of the freezing temperatures. A burst pipe, leaking faucets or water dripping could imply wasting gallons of water as well as a hefty repair bill. You can stay ahead of this by consulting a plumbing company that will point out possible urgent issues and give you further advice on preserving water and lowering your water bills.  

5. Use Your Clothes Dryer More Sparingly

We all rely on the speed, convenience and efficiency of our clothes dryers. But not only are these not gentle on the clothes’ fabric (heat will damage it in time), they are not gentle on the environment nor on the electricity bill. Clothes dryers require a lot of energy for a simple task. Whenever you’re not in a rush, try air-drying your clothes on a drying rack or on a clothesline in your backyard. You will notice a decrease in your energy bill and you will also contribute to protecting the environment.

6. Make Your Own DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaners

Cleaning products are packed with noxious chemicals that can cause allergies and irritation and can be especially harmful to kids or pets. They are also harsh on the environment and can end up in rivers and oceans. An eco-friendlier and budget-friendly solution is to make your own cleaning supplies with natural ingredients you already have in your pantry. It’s a common misconception that you need different products to clean different surfaces. On the contrary, a single vinegar and lemon mixture will help you clean windows, countertops, the sink, stove and refrigerator without spreading harmful toxins and artificial fragrances all around the house. 

7. Insulate the Entire House

One of the most efficient ways to keep heating costs down is to make sure the heat has nowhere to go. You can insulate the walls, floors and roof of your house in order to minimize heat loss and keep your energy bills from spiking during cold months. Use rugs all around the house to keep the heat in and make the space feel cozier.

You should also consider installing energy efficient windows which make sure to trap the cool air in the summer months (enabling you to use the AC on higher settings), and the warm air in the winter months (helping you use less heating). These types of windows will save you both money and energy and they have the added benefit of looking nice, too!

John Stuart
North London Heating & Plumbing

North London Heating and Plumbing provide London and the surrounding areas of North London such as Finchley, Enfield and Islington with a genuine 24 hour emergency service on all plumbing, heating and drainage problems.