How to Make Your Home Greener
Worried about climate change? It might surprise you to find out that 12% of all carbon emissions come from domestic dwellings. If you are trying to live a greener life and but aren’t sure what to do, we recommend starting at home! Most people want to make their home lives more eco-friendly but are worried it’ll mean moving or completely re-modelling. Find out how you can avoid unnecessary expenses AND have an eco-friendly home with just a few key changes such as…
Switch to LED Lighting:
Did you know that only 10% of the energy used by a traditional lightbulb is actually turned into light? The rest is converted into heat which is used to power the bulb, wasting massive amounts of energy.
LED’s on the other hand use a lot less energy in the first place and almost all of the energy they do use is converted into light, making for lower emissions and cheaper energy bills. Not only could a correctly tailored LED lighting upgrade by Griff Services Ltd save you up to 90% on your energy bill, it could also cut your lighting-based carbon emissions by a whopping 6 tonnes a year!
Become Grid Independent with Solar Power:
Installing home solar panels has to be one of the best ways you can reduce carbon emissions. Non-renewable energy sources make use of fossil fuels which are notoriously bad for the environment whereas solar panels produce clean energy with no harmful bi-products or pollution. Generating your own solar energy at home means you no longer have to use energy from the National Grid, saving you money on your energy bill. In fact, you could actually make money from any solar panels you install before March 31st, 2019.
Use Natural Cleaning Products:
Using harmful, chemical-based cleaning products is very bad for the environment. When you rinse these products away you’re simply adding them to the water supply. This means the water will take much more purification – a process which directly contributes to carbon emissions – before it is safe to use. By switching to natural cleaning products like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda you can reduce your contributions to water contamination.
Watch That Water:
Speaking of water, did you know that emissions from the water industry account for nearly 1% of the UK’s total? Most of these emissions come from heated water within the home. Small changes like reducing the amount of time you shower for, or the amount of hot water you use for cleaning dishes, can have a significant impact on your home’s carbon footprint.
No matter what way you look at it, investing in renewable energy helps save you money and helps to save the planet. Find out more about renewable energy technology for your home here and contact us for a quote today.