Attention to sustainability is an issue that cannot be ignored: to preserve the environment in which we live and try to leave a better world for future generations, we must all work to improve the ecological situation.
And where do we start to make a difference if not from the place where we spend most of our life? Here are a series of tips to make your home eco-friendly that not only respect nature, but will also save you money!
1. Reduce the waste of water
The first step towards a more sustainable lifestyle could only concern water, a precious resource that can no longer be considered inexhaustible. Also, it is essential to change some habits that make you waste water: turn off the tap when you brush your teeth or shave your beard. Even installing a new shower head can make the difference : choosing one that reduces the jet will allow you to limit waste and save on your bill .
2. Install an “intelligent” thermostat
Heating a home requires a great deal of energy and it is very easy, especially during the winter months, to leave the heating on for much longer than necessary. The solution to avoid unnecessary waste of energy and money can be to install a thermostat that allows you to set the heating system on and off at certain times, for example by limiting its operation to the hours you are at home and keeping a lower temperature overnight.
3. Invest in insulation
One of the smartest ways to reduce energy waste is to insulate your home : in this way it will be easier to avoid heat loss . Provide insulation for the roof and walls of the house, but don’t forget the windows: installing double glazing is also an excellent idea to maintain the ideal temperature without having to set the thermostat to maximum.
4. Change the bulbs
Also pay attention to the lighting of your home: LED bulbs last longer and consume less energy than traditional ones. If you have not already done so, change them and remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room.
5. Install solar panels
Still on the subject of electricity, the installation of solar panels is a fundamental element for a house that wants to acquire the status of eco – sustainable . Obviously it is an economic investment of a certain weight, but which will allow you to produce and consume clean energy for many years.
6. Choose natural cleaning products
The use of chemicals for home hygiene adversely affects the environment, because detergents end up in water. The good news is that in most cases their use is not necessary: for daily cleaning they can be replaced by natural products such as vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice .
7. Purchase recycled items
An excellent idea to protect the environment is to buy recycled products : from kitchen paper to furnishings, try to find good quality options that are made of recycled material .
To find out more about eco-sustainability and find ideas for a house that respects nature, we suggest some readings:
- The new green building
- The low energy house
- Energy survival manual
Paying attention to the environment will not only make you feel good about your civic consciousness, but, as we have seen, it will save you more money than you think .