At Garden n Home, we are passionate about doing our part to help perverse this beautiful earth we share for future generations. Believing strongly that everyone can do their part in saving energy and cutting down on waste, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to construct a list of subtle changes in behaviour and purchasing which we believe will go a long way in sustaining the earth for hundreds of years.
Invest in solar panels
Not everyone can afford to invest in solar panels, so don’t be too worried if you can’t. Although for people who are looking for a long-term stay in a property, and have some budget to play with should really consider installing solar panels to their home. Although it can be slightly costly to install the panels, you can effectively cut your energy bills by 50%, with the average saving per year being around the £400 mark for most households. This means that in 20 years you could have saved a massive £8,000. Solar panels aren’t practical for everyone, but if you are suited, you should be considering investing in both your future and the earth’s future.
Insulate your loft
We at Garden n Home are actually surprised by the amount of people who having already had their lofts insulated. This is something that every home should have in place. By insulating your attic, flat roof or loft you can majorly reduce your heat loss and therefor also your heating bills. Heat rises, and if you don’t have insulation installed there is a chance that all the heat you are producing is escaping through the cracks and being wasted. Storage the heat that you are paying for by installing some insulation, it’ll save energy and both money!
Buy used furniture
Usually, when people are looking for furniture they turn to the usual high-street brands for the latest furniture available on the market for their home or office. There really is no reason to be doing this when today’s used furniture market is so competitive. Whether they have been doing it in order to save money or help play a part in saving the earth consumers of office furniture and home furniture have been buying second hand. Why though, isn’t second hand furniture second best? Well no, not entirely. Today we have companies such as Gazelle, who buy previously loved furniture such as desks, chairs, tables, and then refurbish it so that it’s at a great standard to sell. If you are looking to save money and cut down on waste, this is a great way to do so and leave your positive mark on Mother Nature.
Limit window draft
In the UK, it’s pretty much always cold outside, out with a few weeks of the year. So you are likely to notice that the cold seeps in through the cracks on your window. There is a few different solutions for this depending on what your budget it. We would advise getting double glazing if you haven’t done so already. If you are waiting til you can afford this, for the meantime heavy, thick curtains do the trick. By limiting the amount of cold air coming into the more the less likely you’ll be to use radiators and electricity.
Have any other tips for our readers on how to place their part in cutting back on the amount of energy used? Let us know in the comments below.