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GET ON THE GREEN SCENE FOR NATIONAL GREEN WEEK - BLOG BY GUY LAMBERT
New build homes are much cheaper to run and will lower your household’s carbon footprint, but whether you have a new home or an old one there are still many ways in which you can make your home greener.
From February 1st to April 30th 2016, the nation is encouraged to go green for one week of your choice. National Green Week is an annual event that invites people to take part in sustainability focussed activities to reduce their carbon footprint. Countryside has chosen Monday 8th – Sunday 14th February as our Green Week and encourage everyone to get involved.
Check out our tips and tricks on how to have your own Go Green Week in your home:
- Low flow shower heads – Save up to 100 litres of water a day by switching your shower head to low flow. There are two main types that either add air like the Ecocamel Jetstorm or pulse the water such as Pure Pulse Eco and both claim to increase the power of your shower whilst saving you money and water.
- Ditch the cleaning brands – Swapping cleaning products that are full of chemicals to plant-based green cleaners will reduce air pollution inside your home as well as outside. Choose products by looking for accreditations such as ‘Carbon Neutral’, ‘EU Ecolabel’ and ‘ECO Control’ on the packaging. Ecover is probably the best known range of eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Plastic bags – Now that they are no longer free, try and keep a collection of reusable bags near the front door, in your desk and in the boot of your car so that you’re always prepared even for an unexpected shopping trip!
- Switch your bulbs – LED bulbs are much more energy efficient that regular light bulbs and are now much cheaper! Many give out a pleasing warm light rather than a harsh white light. LEDs have very long lifetimes and are generally robust. They also instantaneously switch-on. The image above shows LEDS being used in the kitchen of a home at Beaulieu Heath. There are also CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs that are much more energy efficient that regular light bulbs and are cheaper however major manufacturers are phasing them out now in favour of LEDs!
- Compost – Making a compost bin for your garden is the best way to make nutrients for your plants as well as minimising the amount of waste that you throw out from your household.
- Thermal blinds – Insulation is great to prevent leaks and improves your home’s energy draw by 20/30 per cent. A much cheaper way of insulating your home is by using thermal blinds, which will trap in the heat. A draft guard on your front door will also help with insulation.
- Switching off – When you aren’t using electrical appliances always ensure that you are not just leaving them on standby but are switching them off, and sometimes to do this you need to unplug them completely. They use energy even on standby modes so it’s best just to take them out of the socket. You will also save on your electricity bills!
- Take off your shoes – Bringing your shoes into the house will also bring in the car exhaust, chemicals and pesticides too. Leave them by the front door or in the porch to keep your home healthier.
- Green all over – Decorate your home with more plants and you will be benefitting the environment as well as you and your family. Your home will be full of cleaner air, and it adds a fresh touch and scent to your home.
- Donate old clothes – Create more storage space by clearing out old clothes. By donating your old clothes rather than throwing them away, you will reduce 27 pounds of carbon emissions.
- Fragrance free products – Fragrances can contain chemicals that are harmful to the ecosystem when they are washed down the drain. Choose products containing essential oils if you like to use perfumed products.
Even if you can only do a few of these things you will be helping save money and reducing your impact on the environment.
There are many reasons to buy a new home from Countryside such as the fact that our homes are on average 6.5 times more energy efficient than a house built 30 years ago.
Head of Corporate Communications