Everyone is keen to get in on the sustainable act. You might have heard the buzz words of ethically aware, environmentally sound and green. But, how can you make your home fit this newfound perfect sustainable persona? Surely, the paint that you choose, the lighting that you pick and the flooring that you plump for isn’t going to make that much of a difference to the survival of the planet? However, if everyone decided to take baby steps towards being more environmentally aware, oak trees will grow from tiny acorns. Take a look at how making your home eco-friendly needn’t break the bank.


If you have powerful strip lighting or old school incandescent bulbs lighting up your rooms, it’s time to think again. Yes, the latest energy saving bulbs are more expensive to buy, but they can last twenty times longer than their older equivalents. They don’t use as much electricity, and the hue that they cascade around your rooms is more pleasant to the eye. You could even opt for vintage style Edison classics. You no longer have to squint as you wsitch on your strip lighting, and you can experiment with the joys of subtle LED lighting. Add dimmers to your lighting and you could use even less power to provide light to your living spaces.

Energy Self Sufficiency

Have you ever walked past your neighbours houses to see mini wind turbines and solar panels on the rooftops and wondered what on Earth your fellow residents were thinking? Heading to one of the many local solar companies in your area to investigate producing your own electricity might not be as daft as it sounds. Fitting solar panels to your roof may be expensive initially. However, the running costs of your home may be cut to zero. If you produce more energy than you actually need, you can sell this back to the utility company. In effect, you can begin to make money through your solar panels. The same goes for any wind turbine that you choose to install. Don’t think of the mammoth ones seen by the sides of motorways. Yours will be a discrete tiny turbine generating just enough energy for your own home.


Water is a commodity that we all take for granted. However, with climate change becoming more evident, we are suffering from longer hotter summers resulting in a diminished water supply. This means you need to make an effort to cut your water usage. Take shorter showers rather than baths. Only boil a kettle with as much water as you need. And try to limit your laundry to full loads throughout the week. These tiny steps will help preserve water, while also saving you money. If you’re on a water meter, you will want to cut your water usage for the benefit of your purse strings.

Forget about spending your hard earned cash on the latest granite quartz worktop, and instead, consider making your home more environmentally friendly and fit for the twenty first century.

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