Household’s alone account for a significant percentage of carbon emissions in Europe, and with more and more people living sustainably, awareness of the ecological factor in our homes (or their absence) is on the verge of increasing. In addition, taking the time to make your home more energy efficient will not only help the environment, but will also save you money.
There are many ways to make your home more respectful of the planet without breaking the bank or starting from scratch.
The best way to instantly improve your home’s energy efficiency status is to verify that the roof, walls and floors are properly insulated, combined, they can generate a huge amount of waste heat, and therefore a higher bill to pay.
With the temperature under control, you can use energy much more efficiently.
It is not necessary to replace all the bulbs in your home, but you can replace the most commonly used light fixtures with LED bulbs to reduce the energy footprint (and electricity bill). And not only do LED bulbs save energy, but since they last longer (3 to 25 times longer), they also save glass and other materials.
Along with energy, whether for heating or lighting, water is another concern.
To save water, there are improvements you can make to your home, do you know, for example, that letting cold water run in the sink while you wait for hot water is a waste of +/- 40 L of water per day? On top of that, there is the discomfort of waiting time.
Cleaning products have also made great progress over the past 30 years and nowadays, some use natural ingredients derived from plants without sacrificing cleaning power, so you can find environmentally friendly products without having to worry.
Speaking of plants, why not have one in your living room? In addition to being decorative, a recent study revealed that having a green plant in your home can help absorb harmful volatile organic compounds.
Our houses are more than just steel and wood; they represent a place of belonging, a place of rest, gathering and remembrance. We want a home that allows us to reduce our environmental footprint and live more simply, while being a space where we like to spend our time.