Five simple ways to be more eco-friendly at home

by Avant Homes - 27 Jun 22

With sustainability high on the agenda, the time is now to start making the switch to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. But it doesn’t have to be hard!

In 2021, Deloitte’s ‘Sustainable Consumer’ research reported 85 per cent of consumers had already adopted at least one lifestyle change to be more sustainable. It’s a great start, but as we all know the only way is up. With just a few changes in your own home, you can fast-track your sustainability efforts without feeling like you’re having to sacrifice any of life’s little luxuries.

To kick-start your journey, we’re dishing out five simple ways to be more eco-friendly at home. From energy-efficient solutions to simple substitutions, you’ll see it’s easier than you think.

 

1. Getting smart with energy-saving tech

Use smart plugs

Can’t remember if you left your hair straighteners on? Too lazy to walk downstairs and turn the lamp off? The smart plug is a nifty little invention that will let you control your devices remotely through an app and set up scheduled times to turn appliances on and off. Combined with the ability to track your power consumption, smart plugs give greater visibility on how much electricity you’re using, and which devices are wasting too much power. It’s big win for the environment, and a big win for your pocket!

Install smart radiator valves

An energy-saving device perfect for winter months is a smart radiator valve like this one from Victoria Plum. Designed to help you use less energy, the temperature management system can be controlled from your phone or by voice and lets you do room by room temperature settings so you’re only using what you need. Similar to a smart plug, you can monitor how much energy your heating is using so you can adjust you habits to be more eco-friendly.

Switch to LEDs

The simplest and most obvious change you can make to be more eco-friendly at home is to check what lightbulbs you have and make the switch to LEDs. LED lightbulbs are designed to save you money on your bills by being cheaper to run and help you to reduce the carbon footprint of your home. Now produced with a range of warm, soft white and colours to choose from, you can also get smart bulbs that work with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa to create a true smart home experience.

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2. Eco-friendly cleaning products

Back to basics

Making your own cleaning products can save you money, protect the environment, and reduce the amount of packaging that’s being generated. With just lemon, baking soda and some vinegar, plus a reusable spray bottle for refills, you can create your own cleaning solution suitable for just about anything! Check out our top eco-friendly cleaning hacks here.

Use concentrates

Another great option for multi-purpose cleaning sprays is investing in concentrates that you simply add to a bottle and dilute with water. Brands like Purdy and Figg have non-toxic concentrate solutions which will last much longer than supermarket products. Not only do they have recyclable packaging, but they’re also cruelty free, use all natural essential oils and are made in the UK!

Choose eco-friendly brands

If you’re after products that are pre-mixed and ready to go, Smol is a great brand that produces refillable, returnable, and recyclable products that aims to reduce the amount of plastic, chemicals and carbon produced. From laundry products to surface sprays, they have all the eco-friendly cleaning products you need to give you peace of mind that you’re making the sustainable choice.

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3. Switching to plastic-free personal care

Toilet paper

Whether you’re a scruncher or a folder (we won’t judge!), the toilet paper you choose can make a big difference. Companies like Who Gives a Crap let you wipe with confidence, knowing that you’re doing your bit to be more eco-friendly at home, with options of recycled or bamboo fibre toilet paper. Plus, their funky designs make your next trip to the loo that much more… enjoyable, shall we say.

Toothbrushes

Chances are, right now you’re using a toothbrush that’s made from plastic. Keep those pearly whites clean the sustainable way and opt for a toothbrush that’s been sustainably made and packaged. From bamboo to fully compostable beechwood, companies like Friendly Turtle have a wide range in the one place making it easy to find the right toothbrush for you. You could even go all out and ditch toothpaste packaged in plastic by using toothpaste tablets or tooth powder. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Shampoo and soap bars

Ditch the packaging altogether and turn to shampoo and soap bars. It used to be that there were only a few kinds to choose from, making it hard to find one that wouldn’t make your hair look like an oil slick, or dry as a hay. But now, with many more companies jumping on board to create this eco-friendly option, you’ll have no trouble finding a bar to suit your skin and hair type. A few you can try are Grüum,  Ethique, or for something a little fancy, check out Yorkshire Soap Company.

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4. Upcycle your furniture and upholstery

Reduce and reuse

As tempting as it may be to buy that new decorative piece you’ve had your eye on, before you shop new see if you can avoid sending unwanted items to landfill and repurpose some of your existing furniture. Whether it’s giving outdoor furniture some TLC to give it a new lease of life (check out our restoration tips here!) or turning a coffee table into a footstool, there are plenty of ways to repurpose tired old furniture to make it a new stylish piece.

Second hand shops

Just as much as fast fashion is a no-go, mass-produced furniture should also be avoided. Instead, embrace the thrill of bargain hunting at second hand charity shops and online Marketplaces. It may take a lot more patience and a few visits until you find what you’re after, but you can often find some excellent upcycling gems and one-of-a-kind pieces, all while contributing to a circular economy.

Learn to sew

With just simple sewing kills, or by taking a crash course on how to mend, you’ll get much more life out of your existing upholstery. Getting into the habit of mending your curtains, linen, tea towels and pillows, to name a few, will be great for you budget, and help to save some of your favourite pieces.
Plus, with those new sewing skills you can make some simple fixes to much-loved clothes to also avoiding sending them to landfill. No more holey socks for you!

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5. Buy a new-build home!

In a recent report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF), it was found that owners of sustainable new build homes are saving an average of £555 on household bills each year compared to owners of other homes.

Thanks to the quality new-build home developers must adhere to, energy efficiencies are only continuing to improve and be implemented, with a reported 84 per cent of new build homes given an A-B Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. In comparison, just three per cent of older existing properties reach the same standard, with 58 per cent having a considerably lower rating of D-G.

So, look no further than a new build to ensure you’re living a more rounded eco-friendly lifestyle, with the added bonus of money saved every year!

See what game-changing energy-efficient living looks like in an Avant home. Visit our website to find your new energy-efficient home: www.avanthomes.co.uk

 

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by Avant Homes - 27 Jun 22