Sustainability is not just a trend—it’s a necessity. With the UK responsible for millions of tonnes of carbon emissions, the government has been encouraging Brits to adopt more sustainable home practices, from small tweaks on everyday habits to investing in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Plus, sustainable homes are not only eco-friendly but pocket-friendly as well. Research shows that UK households can save anywhere between £70 and £5,500 annually, depending on the changes they make.
If you’re looking to make your home more sustainable, below are some things you can do.
Invest in energy-saving technology
Every sustainable home starts with energy. Whenever you’re buying a new machine, the important part is to look for the Energy Saving Trust’s label. This organisation rates appliances from Class A (most energy-efficient) to G (least energy-efficient), so look for those that are labelled the former. Start by replacing devices you use the most, like the refrigerator and dishwasher. Then, if you have the extra cash, move onto your minor tools like kettles, as well as entertainment systems like the telly.
Maintain your appliances
Aside from replacing your appliances, it’s also important to make sure that the ones you do own are in tip-top shape. That’s because old and poorly kept ones, no matter how much efficiency they promise, will only end up being overworked and inefficient if not maintained properly. This is why it’s essential to ensure that your heating, drainage and electrical systems are working well—and thankfully, technology can help us do just that. Case in point, the HomeServe App shows how homeowners today can make insurance claims, schedule repairs and maintenance, and get help and guidance on any of their home systems at the press of a button. Apps like this can make managing your home’s appliances much less intimidating, connecting you with experts that can help you keep your home in great shape for maximum efficiency.
Insulate your home
Appliances aren’t the only thing that makes up your energy consumption—heating does, too. One thing that you can do to keep your boiler from working too hard is by having proper insulation to reduce heat loss. Ideal Home presents several ways to insulate your house, such as covering your loft or floorboards, filling in cavity walls, and even draught-proofing your home. For houses, insulating your loft is one of the most effective and accessible ways to start. You can fit in rolls of mineral wool between the joists, for instance, or use rigid insulation board to cover most of the loft. For those living in flats, they should focus on the windows. Install insulation films if you can, but thermal curtains should be enough to block most of the cold out.
Grow indoor plants
Indoor plants do more than add colour to your home, especially if you have a lot of them. For instance, research on Prevention reveals that plants can remove more than 80% of volatile compounds from the air, including benzene and formaldehyde. They filter out carbon monoxide, too, reducing your home’s overall carbon footprint. If you have the space for it, opt for plants that have big leaves like philodendrons and palms since they can filter more air.
It’s hard to see how much of an impact you’re making when it’s just you. But at the end of the day, if everybody did their part to make their homes a little more sustainable, then the world will be a much better place to live in. You can see my pretty desk plants here.
For more home improvement tips, check out my previous blog post the ‘Simple Ways to Improve Your Home.