Ten Easy Ways To Turn your Home Eco-Friendly In 2013

A new year offers you the perfect opportunity to start something new or to improve something old, so why not set yourself a challenge and become more eco-friendly. Follow the tips below to discover how you can turn your home into a green zone this year.

1. Replace your light bulbs with Compact fluorescents (CFLs)
Compact fluorescents (CFLs)light bulbs are what most people think of as an energy-efficient light bulb. Replacing your current light bulbs in your house with CFLs is a cost-effective option for most general lighting purposes, and they are now widely available.

2. Be aware of your water usage
It can be quite a challenge to monitor how much water you use, however it can be easy to restrict how you use your water. Most washing instructions now advise you to wash your clothes using a cold wash setting, which is a handy money saving tip. One of the most common ways to waste water is by leaving the tap on whilst brushing your teeth, making an effort to switch your tap off will aid you when saving money.

3. Invest in a heat pump
A heat pump absorbs the heat of the temperature from outside and intensifies it to create heat for your household. You can use the heat generated to heat radiators, under floor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water.

4.  Make sure your house has the correct installation
One of the common ways to lose money and energy in your home is by not having enough installation. Doors, windows and attics are the most common problem areas when it comes to loosing heat. It’s worth checking over these problem areas or employing a professional to, the quicker you find any installation failures the quicker you can tackle them.

5. Switch to motion sensitive outdoor lights
Most homes have outdoor lights installed which are on permanently throughout the night which uses unnecessary electricity. Instead invest in a motion sensitive outdoor light which will use very little energy in comparison.

6. Switch appliances off by the socket, not the remote
One of the most common bad habits within the home is not switching off appliances by the switch. Make a conscious effort to switch the television off by the plug socket rather than using the remote as this will only put the television in standby mode.

7. Install solar panels
Installing solar panels is a modern and eco-friendly solution which can benefit any house hold. With the installation you can expect to greatly reduce your electricity bill meaning you can save money over a long period of time.

8. Look into using a biomass system
Biomass heating systems can be used to provide heat to your home by using logs, pellets and chips. This system is beneficial because it uses agricultural, forest, urban and industrial residues and waste to produce heat and electricity cheaply.

9.  Create a compost pile
Instead of throwing away excess food you can use your left overs to make a healthy compost pile with dirt. Grounded coffee, fruit and vegetables are key left overs which can be used to create a compost pile which you can use throughout the year.

10.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reduce, reuse and recycle are the three key main factors when it comes to being eco-friendly. This motto can be used for most situations, especially at home.

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Written by Leisha Hankin, a journalist turned copywriter for CTS Renewables. CTS Renewables specialises in installing renewable energy sources such as Solar Photovoltaic Panels.