In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and to create a healthier environment, people are making a conscious effort to live a more sustainable life. Some people are cutting meat out of their diets in order to reduce their environmental impact, whereas others are searching for new ways to live sustainably. If you’re looking for simple lifestyle changes to make, then starting at home is a great way to introduce yourself to this lifestyle. There are simple design tips that you can make to your home to create a healthier environment.
Switch energy suppliers
Some energy suppliers are still heavily reliant on crude oil and non-renewable energy sources. By 2030, its believed that the world will have used all of the crude oil reserves. Because of this energy companies are now investing in clean energy sources, such as wind, solar and wave energy.
These resources are natural and therefore do not cause any harm to the environment when energy is being produced. As crude oil is not being burned, carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses are not being produced as a result of energy. If you want to switch to green energy suppliers, there are many options available to you. This is a simple, yet effective change to make to your home more eco friendly.
Install solar panels into your home
It’s a common misconception that solar panels require copious amounts of sunlight in order to work. This is a common misconception and instead, solar panels actually only require light to function properly. As a backup and to save on energy, you can easily install solar panels to your roof to power your home, or part of it. This is a great way to also save on energy.
Instead of buying brand new furniture, it’s more environmentally friendly to buy second hand or repurpose old furniture that you have. If you have wooden furniture, it’s always a great and fun idea to get a little bit creative with the design. One popular design tip is to paint your wooden furniture white and sand it to give that shabby-chic look that’s really on trend at the moment. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and to also bring in a timeless classic too.
In addition to this, you can also use old crates to fashion new pieces of furniture for your home and garden. Simply paint these pieces of furniture and then add large cushions to create a trendy and eco friendly alternative for making your home look great.
Plants and greenery
It’s important to have house plants as these help to replenish your oxygen levels in your home. The more plants you have in your home, the better the air quality will be. These are also great for adding a touch of colour in your home if you have neutral colour schemes in your rooms. Choosing green leafy plans like cheese plants, in beautiful pots can help to add a touch of class to your home and will help to create a more polished and refined look.
As well as having greenery in your home, it’s equally as important to fill your garden with lots of different plants, as this helps to clean the air outside too. Not only does your garden look great, but if you plant wildflowers and other garden plants, this will also encourage bees to pollinate and you will start to see more wildlife in your back garden. If you want to go one step further, it’s also great to build birdhouses and wildlife sanctuaries in your back garden, equipped with food and shelter.