We would all like to make our homes more sustainable. But short of living in a mud hut, what can we actually do on a practical level to reduce our impact on the planet? It’s not always entirely clear.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some down-to-earth ways to modify your home so that it has less of an impact on the environment. By the end of it, you should be in a much better position to reach your eco-friendly goals.
Build A Makeshift Washing Line
Tumble dryers are a great way to get your laundry done in half the time. But they’re not friendly toward the environment. Even energy-efficient models consume vast amounts of energy.
Fortunately, using the washing line saves on all this energy and is incredibly easy to set up. If you don’t have one right now, you can pop down to your local hardware store and pick up some suitable cable. Then just run it between a tree and a fixed mounting on your wall, and you have something you can use for years to come.
Invest In A Metal Roof
Most homes use asphalt roofing materials because they’re cheap. Unfortunately, they’re not the best option for people looking to make their homes greener. The average roof lasts around twenty years – at which point you’ll need to replace it.
There are, however, other options that last a lot longer. A metal roof, for instance, will typically survive fifty years and provide you with extra protection against storm damage.
You can also try a clay roof too – one made of traditional tiles. These often last many years but require additional maintenance.
Arrange Your Bins For Convenient Recycling
Recycling is a chore for many of us. We have to continually separate materials from each other and place them into different bins.
Some homeowners, however, are fighting back against this daily struggle by creating DIY bins that have different compartments for all their waste. So, for instance, there’s a section for food waste, another for plastics, and another for metals.
Of course, if you’re feeling lazy, then you can always buy ready-made versions. But that’s nothing like as much fun!
Installing insulation around the home was once a massively expensive operation. You had to somehow feed material into the cavity wall, which often took many hours.
Today, though, it’s much easier. You can even buy DIY kits. Essentially, all you need to do is drill a hole in the wall and then use a machine to pump foam into the cavity. It is fast, cheap, and surprisingly effective.
Use Salvaged Flooring
Every year, millions of people throw out entirely usable home finishing products, including floors. The good news is that there is now a massive market for these from people who want to live more sustainably. Salvaged floors come in shapes and styles – perfect for those of you wanting to update or upgrade a period home.
So, in summary, becoming more sustainable doesn’t need to be complicated.