As a nation, we are slowly becoming more concerned with green issues in all kinds of areas of our lives. And one of the biggest impacts we can have on the environment is in the design and decor of our homes. Whether it’s choosing energy efficient appliances or investing in something like solar panels, it’s something that everyone as an interest in.
The trouble is, many of these green projects cost a lot of money. Take solar panels as the perfect example. Sure, over ten years or so they can help you save a significant sum of money – and might even make you some. But the simple truth is that the vast majority of households cannot afford the thousands it costs to install solar energy.
There is good news, however. With a little knowledge, you won’t have to spend a fortune on design and decor for your home if you want a greener household. Let’s take a look at some of your low-cost, eco-friendly options that will help you do your bit for the environment without costing the earth.
Invest in an energy monitor
The first step is a simple one – invest in an energy monitor. Some energy companies are actually giving these out for free to their customers, so it’s worth checking with them first. However, buying a unit privately and getting someone to fit it is not an expensive task. And, as www.yourhome.gov.au/ points out, the simple fact is that an energy monitor will start saving you a lot of money almost instantly. You will see exactly where you are burning money and can start turning things off wherever you are spending too much.
Go for bamboo
While wooden flooring looks fantastic in many homes, you need to be careful about where you are sourcing the wood if you want to stay green. There is an alternative, however: bamboo. According to www.empirefloors.com.au, bamboo flooring is a great option for anyone wanting a natural, wood-type flooring for their homes. It’s clean, hard-wearing, and incredibly sustainable, too – meaning you will be doing your bit for the planet as well as your bank account!
Always buy secondhand
It can be hard to know how furniture you buy in the shops is made, or where it was originally from. And it’s problematic in many different ways, as there are no guarantees that an item has been made by eco-friendly means or created from green raw materials. There is a solution – always buy furniture secondhand. Doing this will mean that, effectively, you are taking yourself out of the equation as a consumer who never buys environmentally unfriendly goods. The more people stop buying these products, the less likely manufacturers will keep on making them.
Invest in regular maintenance
Put simply, the better all your household goods work, the more energy efficient they will be. So, it makes sense to put maintenance on your priority list, as the modest expenditure it costs to pay for an annual or biannual service will often pay for itself.
As you can see, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give yourself a greener household. And if you have any more tips to share, please do so in the comments section below!