There are plenty of home improvements that you can make to your home to become eco-friendlier and reduce your carbon footprint. These can be big changes – such as switching energy providers or installing solar paneling, to small changes such as opting for LED lighting, composting or purchasing sustainable products. The appliances that we use every day – whether our ovens, refrigerators, televisions, electric kettles and so forth will make an impact on our energy efficiency. So the next time you are in the market for a new electrical gadget – why not start looking at the eco-friendly options? You may be pleasantly surprised.
When it comes to replacing your electrical items, whether light bulbs to the microwave, there will usually be the option of an eco-friendly version of your chosen appliance. The greener option doesn’t mean that the product is inferior – often it can be the opposite. LED lighting for example, uses less energy to light your home making it both eco and pocket friendly and often emit more light than other lightbulbs. There are ovens on the market that will also use less power without compromising on cooking quality, some even claim to improve cooking quality.
There is another stigma that eco-friendliness can make our lives harder, but this again isn’t the case. For example – dishwashers are widely considered to be more economical for water waste than washing several basins of dishes by hand a day (depending on how you use them). Using three or four times less water than washing the same amount by hand, according to greenchoices.com. This level of eco-friendliness can be upgraded if you have solar paneling providing electricity or use a green energy company for example. Who wouldn’t want to do less washing up in the name of saving the environment?
However, there are still some dishwashers that utilize less power and water than others, without compromising on quality. You may also need to consider what chemicals you use in your cleaning appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines – for example laundry detergent can be harmful to the environment both with the chemical waste and the plastic packaging but there are several alternatives out there that combat this.
Opting for eco-friendly products does not mean you need to compromise on quality or style either. If you love different gadgets in your house, there are plenty of smart devices that aid the battle against climate change, make your life easier – and fancier! One common and up and coming energy efficient trend is making your home smart. Connecting features such as heating, lighting, electricity on smart home systems which you can control from your home. These management devices, which are fairly widespread now, allow you to turn on the heating before you return home for the day, allowing the conservation of energy whilst you are out of the house without compromising on a cold home before you get in. Some can turn off lights if you forget and others can show you ways in which you can save on bills. There are even some smart appliances now that can be turned off from your phone.
Other smart appliances are eco-friendly in different ways. Some refrigerators now have built in cameras and a screen on the outside to allow the owner to see inside without opening the door and losing cold air and thus consuming more energy. There are also cameras that you can buy to place inside your fridge and connect to your phone. Smart faucets are voice controlled allowing you to control how much water pours out, either by timer or specific measurement depending on the model. This saves on water waste.
Energy efficient products and appliances not only lower your carbon footprint and better care for the environment, but they will also save you money on your household bills. Energy efficient products normally utilize less energy – meaning you will have to pay for less energy. However, when choosing your appliances be sure to weigh up the other environmental impacts that the product may have – do they contain harmful chemicals or utilize non-recyclable packaging etc.
You can also upgrade your bathroom, with a low flow toilet or low-flow showerhead to reduce water consumption. According to Green journal: ‘the toilets in an average home account for nearly 30% of the total indoor water consumption… By upgrading your toilet, you can reduce water waste by 60% and save more than £90 a year.’ There are plenty of eco and smart shower heads on the market to help you save both energy and water waste.