We all know that we could do more to reduce our carbon footprint. Whether or not you are a global warming sceptic, reducing the damage that we let out into the environment is never a bad thing (especially when you consider the negative effects pollution has on our health.) However, this does not mean we have to go without some creature comforts. We can still live comfortable lives with just a few small changes.
Inside Your Home
When you think about turning on the heating for the first time this year, the first thought that pops into your head is likely to be of the financial implications it will have. However, the heating in your home is likely to be one of the biggest contributors to your carbon footprint. There are a few small changes that can easily be made in order to keep your home cosy whilst being eco-friendly. One solution could be to include a bio-ethanol fireplace – this fits in well with the aesthetic of modern homes, and as they require no chimney, it is one of the less invasive adjustments that you can make to your home. As these have no attachments, they can be placed around your home free-standing, meaning they can provide warmth to every room of your home with minimal fuss.
It’s All About You
Ultimately, what you choose to install depends heavily on your personal style preferences, as well as your budget and the size of your home. Thankfully, there are so many options that you are literally spoilt for choice. One of the main options that has come into popularity recently is solar power; depending on the type of solar power you opt for, some simply draw in energy when the sun shines and stores it, and once this is gone, it’s gone (until the sun next comes out.) Other models, however, also use batteries, which means that once the stores are gone from the solar pads, the batteries can be used to provide additional energy.
More Than One Benefit
As well as these alternatives being great for the environment in the long term, you are also likely to benefit from them long term, as well. As installing eco-friendly options generally means you will be taking less power from the grid, it means that you will be saving money on your gas and electricity bills, too – it’s a win-win situation.