Eight home habits to do your bit in protecting the environment!

Eight home habits to do your bit in protecting the environment!

Climate change can seem like a big, scary issue that has a huge impact on our world, but often we only need to take consistent, simple steps each day to make a difference.

How we cook, clean and shop for food can all impact how much energy we use. It can be useful to take a look at our everyday "home habits" and try to make small, sustainable changes that can actually help you save money on bills and everyday products. 

So, here are eight easy home habits that you can get you into the swing of protecting the environment without it costing you the earth!

1.Switch to LED light bulbs 

LED light bulbs are energy saving, which can keep your energy bills low. They also last longer, so you don’t need to buy new bulbs as often. There’s no need to rush out and buy them now, but when you need new light bulbs you can gradually make the switch.


2. Try home cleaning products 

Some ingredients that you have at home, like vinegar and baking soda are great for cleaning. It can be cheaper, and better for the environment (and your health) than buying cleaning spray from the shop. For example, you can make a kitchen cleaner to remove stains and smells with 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quarter of warm water.


3. Wash your clothes at 30 degrees 

Washing your clothes at 30 degrees is an easy way to save on energy bills, and help the planet by reducing CO2 emissions. It gets your clothes just as clean as a warmer wash, without the cost.


4. Reuse plastic food and freezer bags

Buying reusable bags, or even just washing the normal plastic food and freezer bags and using them again, is a great way to store food and reduce how much plastic you are buying. It’s also cheaper than constantly throwing them away and buying new ones. 


5. Get your recycling right  

Recycling sounds easy, and the majority of us do it all the time. But it can be hard to know exactly what can and can’t be recycled, so many of us end up ‘wish cycling’, recycling stuff that can’t actually be recycled. If in doubt check your local council website for more info. 


6. Dry clothes outside or on a drying rack 

A lot of us don’t have a tumble dryer anyway, but if you do, try and dry clothes outside on a line, or on a drying rack with the window open if it’s a nice day. It doesn’t use extra energy, so saves money on utility bills, and is better for the environment 


7. Scrap the single-use plastic produce bags 

Most supermarkets now are getting rid of single-use plastic bags for fruit and veg, and opting for paper or reusable bags instead. The reusable bags are usually under 50p, and can help protect your fruit and veg, making it last longer. 


8.Try and repair stuff before you throw it away

When something breaks or is suffering from too much wear and tear, it can be tempting to just throw it away when we’re busy and don’t have the time to worry about it. Often, stuff can be fixed with a lick of paint, or given away to a good home that needs it more, via a charity shop or Facebook Marketplace. It saves you money not having to buy new stuff, and if you sell it second-hand you can even make money, and help the planet. 

Hopefully, these eco-friendly tips have shown that you don’t have to spend lots of money to help the environment. They can also help to make your life easier and more convenient. For more eco-savvy tips in all areas of life, follow us on social media @ForHousing, or get involved using #FutureMattersUK


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