How to Make The Family More Eco-Friendly in 2019
The year to turn those hands green, 2019 is all about becoming more eco-friendly! Many reports have highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy environment and taking care of our planet, but how do you change your family home to be more eco-friendly? Here’s our top tips on how you and the family can join in on saving the planet.
Use Less Water
Time to cut down on the amount of singing time in the shower and save gallons of water. If you have little ones around the house, how about turning shower time into a game? Can they beat the shower clock and finish their showering in time to win? Turning it into a competition will definitely have the kids making sure they take as little time as possible.
You can always invest in a smart shower, which not only saves water, but also saves you money. Plus, the kids will love the cool features such as music and different coloured lights.
Use Less Electricity
Going out? Turn those lights out too! Saving electricity means you’re using less fossil fuels and helping the environment – not to mention you’ll also be saving money. Do you switch off the plug sockets if you’re not using them? Well, you should be. Little things like not leaving the TV on standby or changing your light bulbs to energy efficient ones all add up to conserving energy and resources.
Do you find yourself leaving the corridor lights on for the kids? Save on electricity by using LED wireless lights instead – the motion sensors will turn the light on for the little ones if they need to take a midnight bathroom trip.
Recycle and Reuse
Everyone has a cupboard or drawer in the house full of plastic shopping bags, right? Make sure you’re using them! From bags to paper, to even things that you might consider to be rubbish and toss into the bin – most things can be recycled and reused.
Random items scattered around the house like bottle lids, empty washing-up liquid bottles, or even shoelaces can all be placed into a craft box for the kids. You’ll be amazed at what they’d be able to make out of objects you would have otherwise thrown out.
When the time comes to treat the family to a takeaway, remember to not throw away the containers! Think of it as free tupperware and it can be reused for the family’s packed lunches.
One of the easiest and most simple ways to become more eco-friendly as a family is by cutting down on your driving time. Depending on where you live, try walking the kids to school or taking public transport to work.
If your location isn’t close enough to walk then how about a carpool? Instead of the family all going their separate ways, leave together and reduce the amount of trips you have to take. Plus, swapping to a more energy efficient car is much less hassle than you might think.
Control Your Heating
There’s no place like home when it’s all cosy, warm, and relaxing, but it’s important to make sure you have control of your heating. You can make your family home more eco-friendly by ensuring your heating systems are up-to-date and it will also give you a few extra pennies in the bank for a cute family day out.
If your family home is heated by old radiators that take a decade to heat up, then think about updating with new systems such as infrared heating which is much more eco-friendly, economical, and better looking. Infrared heats up objects rather than open space and air – think of it like the sun, when you’re in the sun you’re warm, but in the shade you’re cold, that’s how infrared rays work.
There’s plenty of ways to upgrade your heating system to be more eco-friendly and still stay cosy. Wireless thermostats work wonders to help track and control the temperature of your home. When you’re on the way back from picking the kids up you can turn your heating on remotely from your phone. That way you don’t have to leave the heating on whilst you’re out or wait at home for the house to heat up.
Changing your home to be more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be a struggle and can actually turn into a fun family project. Getting the kids and the whole clan involved, setting goals, and turning eco-friendly tasks into little games will make saving the planet fun for all.
Take a look at our guide to making your property more eco-friendly if you need a few more tips and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Make sure you’re following us on Instagram to tag us in your eco-friendly home projects!