Even though the winter is around the corner, I have been thinking about redecorating the house. Recently, I am trying to take the environment more seriously. So, I have been recycling and even walking instead of driving where possible. Still, there is a lot more I can do at home. My home is not as eco-friendly as it could be at the minute, which is why I need to make a few changes. Plus, with the cold weather on the way, they will hopefully make a difference to the energy bills. I’ve got my fingers crossed!
- Install Metal Panels
On the face of it, metal panel systems don’t seem like they are very good for the environment. After all, they are not organic, nor do they come from the Earth. Still, they do last for decades if you have them added to your house. The right metal panels will last for ages, and they will ensure that your property doesn’t start fall apart. I have been thinking about adding them to the roof to keep it sturdy and stop the heat from leaking out during the winter.
- Open The Curtains
Because there is little warmth to go around, you need to make the most of the heat that is available. You are never going to warm your house without turning on the heating otherwise. To get the most from the winter sun, make sure you open the curtains or blinds during the day. The light will flood in and bring the heat with it, too.
- Switch To Curtains
Firstly though, you need to switch to curtains if you have blinds. During the day, blinds are a fine choice, but at night they become a problem. As the temperature starts to drop, you need to keep the heat in and not let it dissipate. Blinds are not capable of holding in the warmth because they are flimsy and insubstantial. Curtains, on the other hand, are heavy duty and the fabric is great at absorbing heat.
- Light The Fire
Do you have a fire at home? If you do, you should start using it sooner rather than later. Boilers and modern central heating systems are very effective. However, they also burn a lot of energy. That energy costs a fortune in the long run, and it also damages the environment as the fumes that burning gas gives off affects the ozone layer. By burning wood and paper, you reduce your carbon footprint and you don’t spend as much on gas and electricity.
- Turn Off The Lights
It is so simple and effective, yet it is something that every homeowner forgets to do and it costs them a fortune. I used to have a massive problem with switching lights off because I would just forget. And, by the time I remembered, I was already doing something else and couldn’t be bothered going back to flick the switch! Every time you leave a room, make sure everything that can use electricity is turned off.
Again, it reduces the need for fossil fuels and saves heaps of cash, too.