The world is facing a growing urgency to use recycled materials and sustainable energy sources to keep things going. Many people discount this urgency, many people support this policy, and many people recognize the need but aren’t sure of how they can help.
There are a number of ways to do your part in keeping the earth alive, and whilst we don’t necessarily recommend that you go out to sea and start protesting against oil frigates, we would seriously condone that you master your own home and make it as green as you can. So what can you do?
The most basic thing that you can start doing around the house is to recycle. We’re quite lucky in Great Britain that we have a recycling scheme in operation throughout most council boroughs, which means that we can use the system in place to recycle glass, plastic and paper without having to put a lot of thought into it.
But beyond the basic recycling measures, you could use leftover bits and bobs for art projects, crafting and storage. You could donate clothes that don’t fit to a younger brother or sister, hand them into a charity shop and complete the cycle by looking for second hand items in charity shops. This way you’re putting an end to the throw away culture that we’ve become a part of.
One of my favorite ideas for recycling is to use shredded paper for extra insulation in the attic.
I’m willing to bet that the majority of homeowners in Britain don’t know how much electricity or heating they are over-using. Lights left on, plugs left switched on. It is important that we only use the resources that are necessary, and that means not leaving things on when we aren’t present.
This is where HIVE and other technologies like HIVE come in. They effectively and remotely control the heat of the home, allowing you to ensure that it is off when you aren’t there. Cool, eh?
3. Reduce Wastage
Arguably this can also be applied to recycling and monitoring, but really what we mean is, don’t buy stuff that you don’t need and make sure you don’t waste stuff that you have bought. Heating comes under this category.
You don’t want your radiators pouring out heat just for them to swiftly exit through your flimsy single-glazed windows, do you? Loft insulation and double-glazed windows will keep heat in better. A pair of thick curtains will also help to prevent heat loss. And don’t use heat you don’t need – if it’s cool, rather than cold, get the blankets out and snuggle up with your partner. It keeps costs down and makes for an intimate evening.
Close doors to rooms you’re not in, or keep them open if you’ve got a tumble dryer or oven on – these can help heat the house.
4. Renewable Energy
We might not be a particularly sunny country, but we have enough of the stuff to keep a few lights running. Solar panels and heat pumps are all part of the Government’s green scheme, where an assessor comes along to your house and tells you the kind of things that you could do to make your house just a little bit more green. They help you explore different ways to make long term savings with green solutions.
We’re slowly moving away from the incandescent light, and most people have even given up on the controversial CFLs. LEDs might cost a touch more than your traditional bulb, but they will ultimately save you money on your electricity, and more importantly for the sake of this blog, reduce your energy consumption and need to buy new bulbs on a regular basis.
There are many things you can do to make your home a more energy efficient, greener place to live, and if we all do it, we’ll make our country and then our world a much better place to be.
Rob Reid is the Founder of one of the leading Plumbing companies in Essex and Suffolk – Reid Heating and Plumbing Ltd.