The news – it makes for a terrifying read, doesn’t it? If a new war hasn’t started then some sleaze scandal has just been uncovered or, even worse, the royal family made a visit to a country and you’ll now be shown saccharine photos of their trip from page seven to 4000. Nightmarish.
However, where the news really causes concern is in its coverage of the environment, not least because the prognosis only seems to worsen with every report. As icecaps melt and weather grows increasingly erratic, there’s really only one thing you can do to help – reduce your carbon footprint.
This is exactly why we’ve put together a few tips to help turn your home from a prime-polluter to an eco-optimiser.
Build an extra layer around your house
Conservatories are the middle class dream of anyone living in clean-cut suburbia and wishing to lounge like a lizard in those summer months. But that’s not all they’re good for – they’ll also make your home more energy efficient.
Although a conservatory won’t contain heat on its own, it will, according to charity the Energy Saving Trust, act as a shield from the cold in those chillier months.
By placing an extension on your home, you’re effectively holding the cold at arm’s length, allowing you to snooze in the living room without the fear of icicles forming on your nose.
Rustle up your own energy
Praise the sun! At least, that’s what you should be doing if you want to make your home more energy efficient.
If you’ve got spare cash kicking about, you might want to invest in solar energy panels to stick on your house and nick some of those energy producing rays for yourself.
With this method, not only are you reducing your energy bills, but you’re using a renewable energy source that won’t diminish the planet’s finite resources.
Naturally, this isn’t a foolproof solution. You probably won’t, for instance, be able to store enough power during those dark and dreary winters. But with a few solar panels, you’ll have a secondary power supply that could save you a sizeable sum of energy.
Fill your home with flora
The cheapest option on this list, putting a few plants into your home can help out your carbon footprint no end. Indeed, the benefits of plants seem almost endless, offering health improvements, both mental and physical, and making your home look healthier.
But thanks to a process known as photosynthesis, plants also emit a natural oxygenating effect that offsets the carbon output of a home or business. Not only this, plants will clean the air of your home and, in turn, make it less noxious. So, you’ll be able to fill your lungs without worrying about polluted air.