Four ways in which I can I make my home more eco-friendly?

With energy prices reaching an all-time high, being environmentally proactive is more important than ever. No longer is it simply “eco-warriors” that are flying the flag for making your home efficient and trying to save some money in the process.

With these four easy steps, you can make your home resourceful and save cash in the process. Some of these tips will be easier that you imagined and won’t take long to implement!

Swap your curtains for vertical blinds

Curtains are cosy in the winter when those dark nights draw in. However, if you use vertical blinds instead, you can get every bit of the daylight into your room and keep it light for as long as possible. This may seem a bit drastic, but it also helps in the summer too, by allowing you to easily close the blinds to keep sunshine out, but allow the room to remain light. Vertical blinds are cheap and you can find plenty of places where you can get them fit exactly to your window.

Ensure windows are airtight

I heard a fact that if you see spider’s webs around a window, this could mean that you have a draft of air coming through (and therefore allow spiders to catch flies). Check your entire home for little leaks of air around piping or under doors. Although it may not seem such a big way in which to save money, your heating bills will say otherwise as rooms will be quicker to heat and stay warmer for longer. If your house is already insulated, this is a really good way to make sure you are keeping your house warm.

Standby to lose the red lights

Electrical goods that are left on standby can eat up a huge amount of energy. With pretty much everything plugged in in the 21st century, it makes sense to buy plug socket converters that automatically cut the power to your electrical goods when they are switched off. Alternatively, you could buy a long multi-socket adapter which can allow you to turn everything off at once.
It is a difficult habit to get used to, but once you get everyone doing it, it becomes second nature.

Recycle your food waste

You can now buy various odourless containers where you can place your food waste and allow it to turn into compost. Although it is not something everyone would want in their kitchens, I have one and they are very good. You simply continue to top it up with sawdust like power, which encourages the waste to break down and become food for your daisies! This would save money, especially for the keen gardeners out there.

This is a variety of simple ways in which you can save money by becoming more eco-friendly. I would love to hear about the ways that I have missed so leave a comment with your own green tips!

Written by Jonathan who is interested in encouraging individuals and businesses to become more environmentally efficient and currently working on behalf of Vertical Blinds Direct.

The Benefits of Driving a Green-Economical Car

Purchasing a green-economical car is an option which has numerous advantages. It benefits you because you will save money in various ways over the long term and it also benefits the environment.

The Advantages

Perhaps the best thing about an eco-friendly car is that fuel consumption is reduced. This is obviously much better for the environment and it will save you a lot of money. Green cars use considerably less fuel and can go for many more miles for every gallon than ordinary vehicles.

As fuel consumption is much lower, green vehicles are less harmful to the quality of air. Pollution levels are reduced considerably as eco-friendly cars emit significantly lower amounts of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.

Another thing to consider is that opting for a green, eco-friendly vehicle means cheap car insurance. Statistics show that eco-friendly cars are not as vulnerable to theft as ordinary cars and this is the major reason why your insurance premium is likely to be lower. In addition, eco-friendly cars are statistically less likely to be involved in accidents, which is something else that insurers take into account when calculating your premium.

The amount you pay in car tax is also considerably less when you buy a green car. While the new car tax system is relatively complex, for those operating the greenest of vehicles it is really rather simple. All cars that have a CO2 emission level of less than 100 g\km do not have to pay car tax.

Eco-Friendly Insurance Policies

Most things that we do or buy in our day-to-day lives now carry greater significance than ever before. No matter what it is we are doing, there is one question which is always on the tip of our tongue: “what impact is this having on the environment?”

‘Sustainability’ is a buzz word in almost every company and advertising campaign as more and more of us look for ways to protect our future and limit our impact upon the environment. There is no shortage of choice when it comes to ‘green’ alternatives – and the insurance market is no exception.

How can home insurance ‘go green’?

Most of the major insurance companies now offer policies that are aimed to attract the more eco-conscious amongst us – and this doesn’t only apply to the more obvious insurance policies, such as those for cars and other vehicles. It also applies to other everyday items covered by buildings and contents insurance policies.