Sometimes in life, we might be slow to make changes. If the status quo is working out just fine, there seems no reason to alter things drastically just for change’s sake. However, there’s almost always a few changes we can make that, while requiring plenty of effort at first, will end up more than justifying that effort due to their long-term benefits.
That certainly applies to carrying out a few changes at home to adopt a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Improving your home’s eco-friendliness does not need to be a mammoth task; even simple changes like adopting energy-saving light bulbs and being cleverer with our use of household appliances can greatly reduce our carbon footprint while also cutting down on our utility bills.
Another change that’s very easy to implement and has a discernible long-term impact is the purchase of furniture made from reclaimed wood. Most household furniture is intended as an investment to last for many years, such as a kitchen table, cabinetry and display cases, so it’s much better to buy quality, eco-friendly furniture that’s highly durable than skimping on cut-price furniture which could disintegrate within a couple of years.
If you’re very serious about your environmental commitment and you have the resources to make lasting changes to your home, the installation of solar panels on your roof is an excellent investment. Provided you live in an area that receives plenty of sun, a solar panel is a very efficient way of generating heat and light in your home. Conversely, if your hometown is subjected to harsh winters, a lot of heat can escape your home easily, so you should strongly consider wall insulation to stop heat from getting out so readily. In turn, you’ll be able to cut back on the thermostat and reduce your heating bills.
Check out the infographic below from EZ Living Interiors (http://www.ezlivinginteriors.co.uk/) for more advice on how to make your home more eco-friendly.