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Small Changes To Make Your Home Greener

Small Changes To Make Your Home Greener

In celebration of the nationwide event, The Great Big Green Week taking place across the UK (18 - 26 September), we thought it would be a great time to remind, and potentially surprise, you of the tiny changes you can make in your home to become more eco-friendly:

Natural Cleaning Products

We wear gloves to protect our skin from coming in contact with the harsh and toxic cleaning products but little do we often think about pouring it down the sink. Such products are extremely harmful to both the environment and animals alike. Luckily we now have an array of non-harmful alternatives such as KINN and Method but you could go even greener and make your own cleaning products. This Good Housekeeping article outlines the cleaners you can make with as little as three ingredients.  

Environmentally Friendly Paint

Traditional paint contains chemicals such as formaldehyde and plastics, which are released into the home environment and can be triggering to asthma suffers and cause allergies. What's even more worrisome is that these chemicals can be continued to be emitted for up to five years after the five years after the paint has dried. Some great green alternatives that don't compromise on colour or finish are 

Nordfärg Awarded the Nordic Swan (eco label for Nordic countries) and EU Ecolabel, it uses Sweden’s renewable power and Iceland’s geothermal heat to produce its paints.
Little Greene Their classic, long-lasting oil-based paints, which use naturally occurring vegetable oils to significantly lower the use of solvents.
Lakeland paints Paint for walls, floors, wood and metal surfaces and varnishes that are non-toxic, odourless, solvent-free and contain no animal products.

Light Bulbs

No article about sustainable, easy changes to make in your home is complete without the mention of switching your lightbulbs but it's surprisingly how many people are yet to realise the benefits of LED and CFL bulbs. These bulbs require far less energy to run so in turn, also becomes more cost effective. Eco-friendly bulbs saving £70 on average a year as they're much less likely to break and need replacing.

Smart Meter

Installing a smart meter in your home will allow you to measure how much gas and electricity you’re using via a remote connection to your energy supplier. They come with an in-home display screen to help you visualise your energy usage and support you to reduce your energy consumption. 

Conscious Spending

A small yet hugely effective change you can make today is your consumer habits. Questioning the need of each purchase before checking out may stop any unnecessary, frivolous purchases. And in this article, we discuss the ways you can reuse and repurpose your everyday household items to prevent replacing/buying new.