Today, more and more people around the world are becoming more environmentally-conscious and are changing their habits to help save the environment. Many people believe that living in an eco friendly home means rebuilding or moving, however this is not the case. There are many things that you can do to make your home more green, and below we discuss just a few of these.
Invest in a water-saving showerhead
For many, showering instead of taking a bath is the more convenient option. Long hot showers, however, can actually use the same amount or even more water than a bath depending on how long you spend in there. Investing in a water-saving shower head can help you to cut down on the amount of water you are using in the shower. To save even more water, why not try setting yourself a five minute shower timer?
Install solar panels
If you have a south-facing roof on your home, solar panels could be a fantastic addition. The reason you need a south-facing roof is to maximise the amount of sunlight that the panels can utilise. Solar energy sources energy from the sun and converts it into either electricity or hot water for your home. Using solar energy means that you are not contributing to global warming as you are not producing any greenhouse gases, reducing your carbon footprint.
Go second hand
Making your home environmentally friendly can be as easy as buying your furniture and decorations second hand rather than brand new. You can find some true gems on eBay and Gumtree! In addition to being far cheaper than new products, buying second hand is recycling old items, helping the environment.
Install smart plugs
Our homes are full of devices that use up electricity, and leaving them on standby can use up energy and increase our bills even when they’re not in use. While switching them off completely is the ideal option, sometimes we do forget. One way to combat this is to invest in smart plugs, which allow you to turn off any appliance that plugs into a standard wall socket.
Invest in a green roof
If you are looking for the ultimate green addition for your home, it is worth considering a grass roof. Green roofs keep your energy bills down by regulating the temperature of your room; you will have less of a need to use air conditioning and heating systems which create carbon dioxide. Additionally, investing in a green roof will help to improve the overall air quality, reducing sulfur dioxide, nitrous acid and dust particles.
If you are interested in adding a green roof to your property in Shrewsbury or Shropshire, look no further than Cooper & Williams. We create grass roofs to suit properties of different sizes, helping to make the world more eco friendly one home at a time. For more information, visit our website.