The focus today is not only in bringing down the cost energy but in reducing your carbon footprint and living healthy lives. Having in mind the increasing trend of energy saving and the growing awareness of being eco-conscious, more and more people are starting to learn to live responsibly.
We are starting to understand and appreciate the limited resources available in this fragile planet called earth and I guess now is the right time to take care of it.
For those of you who want to contribute to the cause of being eco-friendly right now, where else to start than in your home. Here are five important ‘must-haves’ for your existing home that will not only be valuable for Mother Earth but will also save you a few dollars in the long term.
Most of these concepts may seem obvious to you but how many of us have invested our time and money in implementing these must-have solutions? Check out the number of eco-friendly investments you have made, or not made. Go over the following list and note the number of those you can easily carry out.
Light up your house consuming less electricity with LED lights
If you are still using the traditional standard light bulbs, then it is time to invest in a more energy efficient and environment-friendly option.
Replace power consuming light bulbs with LED light bulbs. These types of bulbs are eco-friendly and last much longer than traditional bulbs saving you a good deal of money over time. These are guaranteed to consume less energy than even the CFL light bulbs.
LED light bulbs come in the form of varying shapes and colours and are ideal to set the mood in each area of the house that will also fit in with your decorative needs. LED bulbs may cost a tad bit more than your average light bulb but will be a valuable investment for your home in the long-term.
Start a compost bin in your garden
Yes, it’s the same, “start a compost bin” said over and over again and if you still haven’t got down to composting, what’s holding you back? Let’s get started.
Simply find a suitable place in your garden that has easy access to your kitchen and dig a hole. That’s it. Well, it’s the simplest form of compost bins that you can have. Fill this hole with all organic waste and in a couple of months, voila! You will have free compost for your garden and flower paths. Isn’t that great?
If you want a more advanced compost bin, there are different strategies you can try out ranging from making your container to buying a ready-made compost bin.
Get into the habit of reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle is great. It tell us to use less, find ways to use things we have again an in different ways, and to help turn what we can’t use into something new.
Reduce / Refuse
A big part of changing what we as consumers deem acceptable is letting companies and retailers know. Not only does refusing unnecessary items like disposable straws, plastic bags, and single-use cutlery reduce our consumption – it also sends a powerful message to those around you.
Reuse / Repair
The way we’re sold and told to buy products means that it can seem easier to purchase a new version of a broken product than to fix it. When buying a new item of clothing is cheaper than getting an old one repaired – why bother? Because the production of new clothes has a massive impact on the environment, climate, and the people making them.
And if you’ve ever felt like your mobile phone has inexplicably stopped working just as your contract was about to finish – there might be a reason why. Academics are putting down this sudden failure to a built-in obsolescence – which can be great for technology companies, but is a disaster for our planet.
If we change our first response from ‘where can I get a new one?’ to ‘how can I fix this?’, we can start to change this consumer culture.
Reuse / Remake
Reusing and recycling can be great ways to deal with anything you realize you need or don’t need.
When you can’t find an exact replacement within what you already own, you’ll need to get crafty. Enter upcycling. Where recycling takes consumer products and breaks them down to make other products – upcycling turns low value consumer products into new items that ideally are of higher value or need. It’s the deliberate action of seeing a need and filling it not with a new product, but rather a mix of those you have or aren’t using. As long as you ensure you’re making things you really need, upcycling can be a great way to give your old things a new life.
The term ‘RECYCLE’ is something we have heard countless times but have we done our bit when it comes to recycling in our homes? Be a role model to your children, by practicing recycling and giving priority to making it the top of your list. If you don’t have a set of recycling bins around your house, then it’s time to go right out and start to work on it.
The best way to start is to have few bins to sort out recyclable material. The first bin is for regular everyday waste that counts as trash. This waste goes directly to landfills so please be mindful what goes into this bin. The second bin should be reserved for waste paper, the third container should be for glass items, and finally, the fourth bin is for items such as plastic containers and plastic bottles.
Investing in solar energy
The setup cost of solar panels has decreased so much over the past decade that many middle-income families are now privy to investing in this extremely fast increasing and must-have product.
If you have a bit of extra cash in hand, you can seriously consider getting some solar panels installed in your home. Yes, you may not feel the investment will not bear fruit in a few days but given the time it will.
When the amount of money saved by solar panels stacks up each month, it will soon pass the investment cost, and you will realize the saving on electricity bills is to your benefit.
Setting up solar panels in your home comes with many different options and prices. With a little bit of research, you will soon be able to find the package that fits your needs and budget. So, hurry, put on your investment cap and start doing some research. And have you heard of solar roof? This stunning looking integrated PV & hot water roof tiles are ingenious solution. And did you know ecokit has this solution as an optional extra?
Get into the trend of the new eco-friendly flat-pack housing concept
Planning on a new home and finding that building costs are formidable you will then be looking for eco-friendly AND affordable housing solution. Now is the time to consider the new system of flatpack kit house – the ecokit home.
Ecokit homes are the next generation of housing on the market that is revolutionizing the housing industry by being just affordable and earth friendly. Taking the world by storm, ecokit house uses modular blocks concept to build a house by using non toxic earth friendly materials. The idea is affordable as well as environmentally friendly. If building costs deter your thinking regarding investing in a new home, consider using the DIY modular technology and enjoy its affordable, eco-friendly benefits.
These straightforward and obvious affordable solutions are the ones everyone should consider. By being eco-conscious, you will be contributing your part for the world.