How to Make Your Home More Sustainable

Are you looking to make your home more eco-friendly in 2022 and beyond?

If yes, then you are far from alone.

In a recent survey, more than two-thirds of respondents said that if they bought or rented a property in the future, they would look for sustainable features such as high levels of insulation and triple glazing.

Furthermore, 96% said that they had already made sustainable changes to their lifestyle and home.

So, how do you make your home more sustainable without blowing all your savings?

Keep reading to find out.

Upcycle your furniture

If you can’t help yourself from buying a new sofa when the latest styles hit the shops, then now is the time to get a bit more creative.

Instead of always buying brand new, why not look to upcycling what you already have. You could recover your dining room chairs, invest in a few throws for your sofa or paint your kitchen cabinets in a new color.

Alternatively, you could look into more sustainable furniture such as beanbag furniture which is not only better for the environment but also low-cost and extremely versatile.

Choose local plants

When it comes to your backyard, if you want to do your bit for the environment, then you need to be looking for plants that are either local or native to your area.

It can also be a good idea to bring some of the outdoors in. House plants are a key interior design trend for 2022 and offer a great way to make your home look beautiful and fresh.

House plants also act as natural air purifiers, which will actively improve the air quality within your home.

Change to LED bulbs

If you haven’t yet changed the bulbs in your home to more energy-efficient ones, then this should be the first step you should take to make your home more sustainable. Cheap and long-lasting, by using LED bulbs or compact fluorescent lamps, you can save around 5kg of CO2 emissions per bulb every year.

LED, stands for Light Emitting Diode, and these bulbs produce the most amount of light, using the least amount of electricity.

Install a smart meter

Is your heating bill much higher than you would like? This may be because you leave your heating on for longer than you need to.

One of the easiest ways to rectify this is by installing a smart meter in your home. These clever devices can be set so that your heating only comes on at certain times of the day, such as when you return home from work and first thing in the morning.

In terms of sustainability, by using less energy, you will also be reducing your household’s carbon footprint.

Pick water-based paints

This may seem like such a small thing, but most paints used for home decorating are oil-based, which means they are not very eco-friendly.

However, water-based paints contain natural pigments, which makes them better for the environment. Plus, they look great on the wall too!