How to be more sustainable at home

By buying a new build home, you’re choosing a house which is far more sustainable than a second-hand, pre-existing home.

New build homes are highly energy efficient, with research finding that new build homeowners can save thousands on their energy bills!

Our new homes are packed full of energy saving features to help you continue to be sustainable in the long term. Plus, with a few simple tweaks, you can be a much more conscious consumer. Read our top tips and learn how. 

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

It’s the oldest trick in the book, but reusing items is one of the best ways to be more sustainable. Our top tip is to try to avoid single use plastics and disposable items as much as possible. There are some easy ways of doing this, such as investing in a good quality water bottle rather than buying disposable plastic water bottles, using reusable shopping bags, swapping make up wipes with reusable face cloths, and by swapping disposable straws to a stainless-steel straw.

Another great way to be more sustainable is by ditching fast fashion. Aim to repair clothes where possible, swap clothes with friends or give Vinted a go for second-hand fashion. 

Another way to be more sustainable is by reducing what you consume. Buy less and buy smarter by thinking more consciously before you purchase. Do you really need that item or are you just impulse buying?!

Reduce repeat purchases by investing in furniture that is made to last, buying from brands that support sustainability and ethical behaviours, and choosing multi-purpose products. 

Make sure you incorporate recycling into your routine! Recycling prevents pollution, saves energy, and helps conserve resources. Recycling has never been easier with all homeowners having access to dedicated recycling bins and regular collections.

However, when recycling, remember to clean glass and plastic products, flatten cardboard, and put the right things in the right bins or this could contaminate your recycling! 

Meat free Mondays

Taking meat off the menu for just one day a week can make a big difference. Eating more plant-based food comes with many benefits for the environment. The meat industry uses vast amounts of fossil fuels and water which is inevitability bad for the planet.

Plant-based diets that include vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, and nuts are high in fibre, vitamins, and nutrients so are not only good for the earth but for your health too!

Be water wise

All Avant homes are built using water conserving technology, including water-saving taps and eco-friendly toilet systems to ensure your bills are lower than a second-hand home and that the planet is protected.

Saving additional water at home is simple! To reduce water use, make sure your dishwasher is full before putting it on, fill the kettle up with only as much water as you need, turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth or shaving, make sure your taps are tightly turned off and switch to showers rather than baths.

Upcycling is in

Upcycling is a popular way to reuse old items and give them a new lease of life! It’s an environmentally friendly choice for furniture and can save you money.

By giving old furniture a lick of paint, adding new handles, or changing fabrics on soft furnishings you can create truly unique sustainable furniture. For tips on how to upcycle and decorate on a budget, read our blog here.

We hope our advice helps you live more sustainably! Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle can not only help the planet, and communities, but can save you money on your outgoings.

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