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How to Create a Sustainable Home

Sustainability has been rising over the years, and using renewable energy is the best way to start living off the grid. In this blog post, we will explore how you can live sustainably within the comfort of your own home.

1. Grow your own vegetables and fruit

Home-grown vegetables do not require transportation to supermarkets, meaning there is less pollution from planes, lorries, ships and cars. Vegetable waste will likely be reduced at home because you will only pick the vegetables you need for that meal. However, growing your own produce is inspiring and a great way to enjoy your garden throughout the year.

2. Install Solar Panels

Solar panels harness the power of the sun to generate clean and renewable energy. One of the main benefits of solar panels is their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike traditional energy sources like coal or natural gas, solar panels do not release CO2 or other harmful pollutants into the atmosphere during operation. Solar energy is excellent for powering appliances around a house when solar generates its most energy.

As technology advances, solar panels are becoming more efficient and affordable. If you want to see money savings, solar is great for reducing utility bills because it generates free electricity from the sun.

3. Plant your own trees

Planting your own trees can combat climate change. Trees can also protect us against floods and water pollution, but most importantly, they purify the air in our atmosphere and ease stress. Planting your own trees is an excellent way to give something back to the Earth.

4. Donate unwanted clothes to charity

Donating clothes to charities is an excellent way to do something kind to less fortunate people. It also reduces the demand for new clothes and can make fashion more sustainable.

5. Install a heat pump- ditch the inefficient boiler!

Heat pumps have low running costs compared to oil and gas boilers. They are low maintenance, reduce carbon emissions, and have a longer lifespan. You can also be eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, a Government scheme encouraging homeowners to switch to low-carbon heating systems.

6. Use less water

Using less water can save money and reduce the amount of water we consume from our rivers and estuaries. You can save water in many ways, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, having a shower instead of a bath and installing water-restricting shower heads.

7. Install LED lights

LED lighting is much better for the environment as they are much cooler than incandescent lighting, which means you can reduce the risk of combustion. An LED light uses 90% less energy than a halogen bulb, so overall, an LED can save money and energy. Most importantly, an LED light reduces fatigue, headaches and eye strain.

8. Design your home using natural resources

Thinking about cutting your waste, energy consumption, water usage, recycling, and shipping is an essential factor. Every time you buy something, think about the sustainability of the item.

Overall, our actions can impact our environment and surroundings. Taking action now can reduce the effects of climate change. However, you can’t control others' actions, but you can control the way you live and the path you can take.

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