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How to run an eco-friendly home

Today we have a blog post about the basics of creating an eco-friendly home.  What are some of your easy tips to making your home a greener place?

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There are many different steps that you and your family can take to improve the green credentials of your home. It’s simply a matter of making the members of your household aware of eco-friendly practices. Even small, seemingly insignificant changes to your daily routine can contribute to helping the planet. 

Here’s a list of a few green-living suggestions: 

  • Change your bulbs

Switch to energy-saving light bulbs throughout the house. They last longer and can save you money while also helping to save energy.

  • Turn off lights and electrical equipment

Don’t leave electricity running when you don’t have to. When you finish in a room, turn off the light. When you have finished using electrical equipment or it is fully charged – turn it off completely rather than on standby.

  • Full loads

When using the dishwasher or washing machine – try to do a cycle with a full load only. Doing two half loads will use more electricity unnecessarily.

  • Line dry

Whenever possibly, dry your laundry outside rather than putting it in the tumble dryer.

  • Eco friendly products or natural alternatives

Environmentally friendly products and detergents are widely available in most supermarkets. Some supermarkets even have refill stations where you can top up your old, empty containers. This makes it more cost effective for you and also saves on packaging.

  • Bag for life

When doing the weekly shop, try to avoid using new, plastic bags every time. Get a ‘bag for life’ or invest in an inexpensive eco cloth bag.

  • Recycle

Always familiarise yourself with your area’s recycling policy to make sure you’re recycling the right types of materials and in the right way. The details will probably be available on your local council web page.

  • Reuse

Whenever you can, buy and sell second hand goods and equipment. It helps stop items going straight into landfill. You can use sites like ebay, gumtree preloved and freecycle to buy/giveaway your old items and search for used ones.

  • Insulate

Co2 emissions are the biggest cause of climate change. By effectively insulating your home, you can help stop wasted energy and cut emissions. Cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, double glazing and general draught proofing can make a big different. It will also help keep your energy bills down

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This guest article was written by home insurance specialist Policy Expert.