When Greta Thunberg talks about what needs to be done to save the planet, it can be daunting for some people. Installing solar panels might not be financially feasible for some and cycling to work every day instead of driving can be difficult for working parents. There is a lot of reasons why people don’t know where to start living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
We decided to make it easier for you. Our guide has 12 simple, effective and effortless steps to start making your home and lifestyle eco-friendly. The best thing: One project per month will set you up for a sustainable success and save you money in the long term. Let's get started!
Time to sow some wildflower seeds for bees and butterflies. 97% of native British Wildflower habitat has been lost since WW2. Wildflowers in your garden or balcony are perfect for pollinators. The best is: You need zero gardening knowledge. They just grow everywhere. I have personally used Beebombs which you can purchase here.
We know it’s winter and we all like a toasty living room. How about layering up with one layer more and dial down the heating by only 1 degree? It reduces carbon pollution by up to 340kg. In addition, you can make an awesome saving of estimated £80 per year. Why not putting this towards Christmas presents?
Did you know you can cut your water usage with only a little investment into a water saving shower head? Average older shower heads use up to 15-20 litres per minute whilst some newer ones use around 10-12 litre per minute. With an average shower time per person of 8 minutes, you can make a saving of 35,000 litres of water per year. So if you chose a good one, this can give you a saving of £70-£90 per year whilst also saving the freshwater of this earth. A perfect start to sustainable living.
Love a clean home without all the toxins? Time to switch to eco-friendly cleaning products. Traditional cleaning products are full of toxins and harmful chemicals that pollute waterways and harm aquatic life. Not to mention the person cleaning is breathing in all toxins. Many studies have shown that eco-friendly products have the same effectiveness but without all the nasties. Switch it up in February!
After the eco-friendly spring clean in February, it’s time to enjoy and breath in all the fresh air. For that, we recommend to replace your home air filter. Your HVAC system will operate more efficiently and will last longer leading to energy and cost savings.
How lucky are we that we are living in a time of smart power strips? They will assess your electricity usage and automatically disable things that are not required. In the present time of rising electricity and gas prices, this is a real money saver.
The weather is getting hotter and it’s time to stay hydrated. It’s also time to ditch your plastic water bottles and instead buy a reusable water bottle. If you buy an insulated one, it will keep your water nicely cool and fresh. How about throwing in some fruit pieces for a fruitier taste? That is cool and will make you an eco-friendly champion.
June is “opt-out-of-junk- mail- month”. First line of defence is to put a sign on your door or letterbox. If you live in the UK, you can contact Royal Mail to opt out of leaflets (email@example.com). You can also register with the “My choice” scheme from the Direct Marketing Association and they will help to reduce the amount of junk mail you get (firstname.lastname@example.org). Another tip is to take your details off the open register from the electoral office.
In the US you can even call a number and opt out of junk mail from the four big consumer credit reporting agencies (1-888-5-OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688)). Time to save the trees.
Time for more cleaning for an eco-friendly lifestyle. Vacuum the coils on the back of your refrigerator. Keeping them clean will make the cooling process more efficient and this way save you money and the environment.
Time to wrap your water heater into a jacket cylinder. A water heater insulator could reduce standby heat loss by up to 40% and reduce about 10% to 16% in water heating costs. The jacket will be paid off within a year of investment. Time to wrap it up for an eco-friendly living.
It’s getting colder out there and winter is coming. Time to stop drafts from windows and doors to keep your home warm. For a small budget, you can find lots of tips on the internet on how to make them yourself.
It’s no secret that LED lights are much more efficient than traditional light bulbs. They use up to 70-85% less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs. According to one calculation and considering the higher upfront cost, just replacing one light bulb can save £150 a year. A no-brainer!
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