12 Apr 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly
Today is Earth Day which means it’s a great time to stop and think about your property’s carbon footprint. There are many simple changes you can make to your home that can make a substantial difference to both your impact on the environment AND your hip pocket! Here’s just five of those changes:
1. Passive Heating and Cooling
If you are looking at building a new home or even renovating a suitable home, passive heating and cooling methods may be an option. Passive heating and cooling are just as the name suggests; heating and cooling without any external intervention. Some of the principles have been used for many years, such as in Queenslander home construction, and are often very simple. It employs many tactics such as strategic material choices, window positioning, and even ceiling height. Another major aspect of this method, is as simple as orientating the home in a way that allows the sun to heat up areas in the house that are commonly used in the morning and not in the afternoon.
2. Add Greenery
Of course, if your house is already built this may limit options for you. However, the solution could be as simple as strategic gardening. Say you have a window that gets a lot of afternoon sun and as a result, you find you have to use your air conditioning every day after work in Summer. You could plant trees or shrubbery strategically on that side of the house so that they can provide shade to those windows which cools down the room overall. It is also an added bonus that a well maintained and flourishing garden can add value to your property in the long run and does wonders for curb appeal.
3. Window Treatments
Window treatments, such as thick curtains, can help block the heat from getting into your house in the warmer months. These thicker fabric work as an insulator from the heat but also work to minimize any drafts coming from windows. This means that your home stays cooler during summer and warmer during winter. Although you don’t need to ditch the blinds all together, layering multiple window coverings can add an extra texture to your rooms which can be a welcome design addition.
4. Fix Drafts
Heating can be a real kicker to your power bill but also to your property’s carbon footprint over the colder months. A simple issue that many people face during this time that often gets ignored or prioritized last is drafts coming from windows and doors. The solution to this is problem as simple as replacing the rubber seals at the bottom or doors and making sure your windows seal properly. This could see a dramatic change in the warmth of your home would reduce the need for electric heating.
5. Start a Compost Bin
A simple way to help minimize your carbon footprint at home is by starting to compost your kitchen food scraps. You can purchase composting bins of all sizes from many home improvements stores which will turn your kitchen scraps into nutrient dense fertilizer for your gardens.