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Making Greener Choices: Can you do it?

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These days there is so much focus on making greener choices when it comes to running your home and how you live your life. So much so, that you can often feel pressured and question every little thing you do. It can be an overwhelming subject to dive right into and with so many different ways you can support the cause, could you be making greener choices? Here are a few ideas of things you can do to 'go green.'

Switching to solar power

One of the first things you could consider would be to switch your energy to solar power. This isn't as much of an upheaval as you might think and many companies take away the stress involved in it. Something like these solar panels could even save you money in the long run. It powers your home and heats up your water and is actually a really clever investment to make, especially if you are passionate about being energy efficient. My partner and I are currently looking into self-build homes that use solar power. We think it'd be great to have something like this that helps save the planet, whilst helping to cut down on utility bills at the same time.

Stop using the standby

Wasting energy is one of the biggest problems families have and a big way that we do that is using the standby mode on the likes of a television or computer, instead of switching them off completely. It's worth noting that, although it may seem like they're switched off, if they're left on standby they are still using a lot of energy, so you may want to think about changing those habits for you and the family in the home.

Change the windows and doors

Investing in your home is great for many reasons. Investment can increase the value of your home as well as the appeal but investing in something like new windows and doors can have other functionalities as well and one includes giving you a big saving on your energy bills. The heat is less likely to escape through new windows and it can actually stop drafts from entering your home, making you less likely to spend on heating.

Switching lights off in the home

Just like you need to change personal habits when it comes to putting things on standby, you also need to consider your actions around the home when it comes to lights. Another huge energy waster is leaving lights on that you don’t need, especially main lights, which probably use up the most energy. Energy efficient bulbs can be bought but you might also want to try and make a point of switching them off as well.

Catching the rainwater

Finally, during the winter and wet months there is always an excessive amount of rain water, so you may want to consider trying to catch it!. There are special tools to do this and that would then mean you have a supply of water to use for things like watering your plants or grass during the summer months. This can then help to save on your water rates and also allow you to reuse something that would otherwise go to waste! This is something we do in our household. We have a tank in the back garden that holds the rain water and conveniently has a small tap on it, so we can use it to fill up watering cans etc.

I hope that this has given you some ideas on how you can make greener choices. Have you got any more ideas to add? Tweet me @meganjane03

Megan x
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