We’re now on our way into Spring, so many people decide now is the best time to make a few changes to your home. In this article, we’re putting together 4 things you can do to make your home more eco-friendly this year, whether you want to make a big change or something a bit smaller. With energy prices increasing, now is the ideal time to make a few changes, so you can reduce your bills and help the environment.
Defrost Your Freezer
The first thing you can do to make your home more eco friendly without spending anything at all is to defrost your freezer! If you have a really heavily frozen freezer, it will be having to work harder to keep everything cold. This uses more energy than it needs to, so defrosting every 6-12 months is a really simple and completely free thing you can do.
The most effective way to do this is to eat everything in your freezer in the couple of weeks before you plan to defrost, then you can simply turn your freezer off overnight to defrost, leaving towels underneath to catch any water.
Put this in your to-do-list this spring and it could save you some very valuable energy.
Have Custom Blinds Fitted
If you want to spend a bit more to save energy in your home, one of the most effective things you can do is to have customised blinds fitted. When you have blinds that are made to measure, they act as fantastic insulators for your home, so less heat is able to leave and less cold is able to enter. This keeps your home much warmer in the winter, but it also helps to keep your home cool in the summer as it can restrict how much heat comes into the home, keeping it cool. You won’t need to use as many fans to keep things cool, again, saving more money.
This is a bigger investment, but they can really transform any room and will last for a decade, so it is worth spending the money on.
Get Energy Saving Light Bulbs
Thirdly we have energy saving light bulbs, which are a small investment that can make a big difference. They save around 70-80% more electricity than normal light bulbs and they also last around 10x longer, saving you money and a whole lot of energy.
Work your way through each room and invest in a few lightbulbs. They really aren’t very expensive and will save you quite a lot of money in the long run.
Wash at 30 Degrees
Another thing you can do to make your home more energy efficient is to wash at 30 degrees. When washed with a good washing tablet, the temperature doesn’t need to be any higher! For things like work uniforms or bedding, you can get disinfectant tablets to kill any bacteria on the clothing. You will save around 40% on energy when you wash at 30 degrees compared to the higher temperatures and you will get the same results.
Washing at lower temperatures also helps you to maintain your clothes better, as higher temperatures cause more wear and tear. This is also great for the environment, as you are buying less!
If you’ve been thinking about renovating your home to make it more eco friendly, now is the ideal time! Even if you do the things that are completely free, the change to your home and your energy bill could be fantastic. You will reap the benefits for years to come if you commit to these changes now.