EcoSolutions for Your Home

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It can seem like a compromise has to be struck between making an eco home and a beautiful home, but that just isn’t the case. Green home solutions don’t have to be unattractive, and in some cases, they can even add a new interesting feature, cleaner air, or a touch of luxury to your home. If you would like to make your home greener, why not try these simple solutions to start with.

Make your own compost

Instead of disposing of food waste in the bin, create a compost bin in the corner of your garden and reap the rewards. It doesn’t have to be big or unsightly, but the great compost that you will get from your organic food scraps will work wonders on your garden. Don’t worry, compost bins don’t smell, and you can even make them out of recycled wooden palettes, so they’re not going to waste either.

Collect rainwater

A simple system which allows roof run off to fall into guttering and then into a large container for holding water allows you to keep your garden plants hydrated in the summer months, without putting unnecessary strain on our country’s water supplies. It’s especially great when we have hosepipe bans as a result of drought in the summer months, as the water collected in the spring can still be used for washing cars and windows. You can even use collected rainwater for flushing toilets if you want to get a bit more involved. It could save up to 50% of household water usage!

Change your lights

Instead of old-fashioned halogen lights around your home, consider switching to more modern LED lighting. Not only will your bulbs last longer, but they also use significantly less energy to light your home. With a range of different brightnesses and shades available, you can use LED lighting to create more atmosphere in your home and LED security lights in the garden can create much brighter external areas, which will make your home less of a target for thieves – it’s a win-win situation.

Add indoor plants

Keep the air in your home much fresher with the addition of indoor plants. You will get the added bonus of plants making a room feel brighter and more homely, while also employing their abilities to recycle air, which will make your home feel cleaner.

Use fabric instead of disposables

We have become a culture of disposability, to some extent. Food packaging, tissues, and carrier bags are all single-use items which we throw away and replace daily. But this doesn’t have to be the case. With some cute fabric, and a needle and thread, you have a whole world of possibilities. Napkins and handkerchiefs are so straightforward and easy to wash and reuse. If you want to get a bit more involved, snack bags for carrying your sandwiches are easy and cute, and you could even go all out and sew your own shopping bags. The possibilities are almost endless, it’ll save you a significant amount of money long term, and they look a whole lot cuter than disposable plastic packaging.

Going green doesn’t have to compromise your home’s looks, and in some cases, it can even make it more beautiful.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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