Many of us are now concerned about the rising impact of climate change on our planet, and want to take action. Sometimes, it can feel like our small efforts are just tiny solutions to a very big problem. However, it’s important to remember that collectively, we can make a difference, and it’s much better than doing nothing at all.
Many people are struggling with the cost of living, and so making eco-friendly changes can perhaps feel like a low priority on your household budget. But they don’t need to be expensive, or require a specialist contractor – there are plenty of things you can do yourself, as and when you have the time and money, and they may even help cut your bills. Here, we take a look to see what you can put on your DIY list.
Check the seal on your windows
Your windows are a crucial part of keeping the heat in your home. Every bit of energy you use (unless it’s renewable) contributes to your carbon footprint, so it’s important to keep this down where you can. A good seal stops you paying for unnecessary wasted energy, and keeps your home efficient.
Of course, having A++ rated windows is the ideal scenario, but replacing windows is best left to the professionals. Instead, you can help your existing windows be more efficient by checking the seals. Hold a lit candle up to the seams, and see if the flame moves – if it does, you may have a draught. You can improve this yourself where appropriate by resealing them, using caulk and weather stripping to close the gap – there are plenty of DIY tutorials online. Just make sure not to close anything up that should be open!
Create an eco-friendly garden
No matter what size your garden is, there is something everyone can do to attract more wildlife and promote biodiversity. From window boxes to wildflower lawns, an outdoor attraction is an opportunity to both add colour to your home and be more eco-friendly.
Opt for low maintenance, drought resistant plants, so that you don’t need to use lots of water to keep everything looking fresh. You should also prioritise buying locally sourced, native plants where you can – they will already be adapted to your specific environment, and they won’t have a large carbon footprint from travelling around the world.
Install water saving devices
By now, we all know that we shouldn’t leave the tap running when we brush our teeth. But what can we do about the water we have to use, like in the shower, and flushing the toilet?
Installing water saving devices such as low-flow showerheads can help. There are several options on the market:
- Combines the water with room temperature air, to make a rain-style flow
- Non-aerated. This option reduces the water flow, but pushes it through smaller holes, so it comes out at a higher pressure
Some brands also offer showerheads that have a decreased pressure whilst the shower is heating up, and then when it’s at temperature, the flow increases. To install, you simply need to swap out your old showerhead for the new one – if you’re not sure, there are video demos online to help.
To sum up
Going green doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated. Follow our DIY tips and you’ll be able to save money and the planet.