A greener home has many benefits for you and your family. While on the one hand, it will help you to save money by reducing your energy bills, but it will also teach you how to be less wasteful. There are some things you might already be doing to make your home greener, such as recycling or using energy-saving light bulbs, but there is always more to be done to help the environment.
Take a look at some of the ways you can make your home greener and cleaner below…
Stop wasting food
Food waste is becoming an increasingly growing problem in the UK, with more than £13bn of food being thrown out each year. How much food waste do you throw out? There is a lot that can be done to reduce food waste in your home, with meal planning and using a food waste bin being two of the key ways you can cut down on waste. Even simple things like buying frozen fruit and vegetables can help you to save on food waste – letting you use only as much as you need without having to worry about throwing out the rest.
Have a night off from technology
Families are more reliant on technology than ever. It’s not uncommon to find families each evening barely talking and barely lifting their eyes of whatever device is in their hands. Bring back more traditional family time by making one night a week a technology-free. This will give you the chance to do something fun together like play board games, read, play outside or even baking together. See if you can add a bit of tech-free time into your routine to help reduce your energy costs and bring you closer together as a family.
Grow your own produce
It’s easier than ever to grow your own produce, and more and more families are taking to growing their own fruit and vegetables as a way to lead a healthier lifestyle. Now is the perfect time of year to start preparing to ‘grow your own.’ You could look at lean to glasshouses to build in your garden to grow tomatoes, spinach and all sorts of healthy product, while a herb garden is another possible addition that is easy to maintain. Growing your own can help teach your family a lot about healthy eating, while also reducing the carbon footprint caused by our food industry.
Reduce your water usage
Can your family take on the two-minute shower challenge? It could be the best way for them to learn how to save water. Reducing your water usage will reduce your bills, but also help to benefit the environment. There are some easy tips for saving water in your home that you can all follow to make your home much cleaner when it comes to using natural resources.
Going green is a great thing for you and your family, and it’s amazing what lifestyle changes can be made that will help save you money. Look for ways to go greener to help change your family’s approach to energy and waste, while giving a helping hand to the environment too.
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