When you’re busy running a family, it can be easy to forget about anything but the task in front of you: your meal planning, daily budget and sustainability goals go out the window. However, did you know that making just small changes to your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint?
One of the greatest things about going green at home is the impact it can have on your energy bills. We all know how important it is to reduce, reuse and recycle. But what you might not have considered before is the extra cash you’ll find yourself with once you get into the swing of living more sustainably.
Go Green and Save on Your Energy Bills at Home
Here are some tips and tricks you can use to reduce both your energy bills and your carbon output.
Check Up On Your Boiler
First things first when it comes to going green at home is having a closer look at your boiler. An ineffective boiler can not only send your energy bills sky-high but will be using up far more energy than you need. Luckily, the latest boilers are making innovation a priority, helping you save on the amount of energy you need to heat your home.
If your current boiler’s on its last legs, BOXT is here to help with a whole range of smart systems to suit every house and every budget. One of the most popular choices for UK homes is Vaillant boilers, which are leading the way in eco-friendly technology. They work to operate at 98% efficiency, giving you the peace of mind that you’re getting the most for your money when it comes to cutting down your energy bills, and giving the environment a helping hand. BOXT’s Vaillant boilers also come with a free Google Nest or Google Mini, saving you costs on smart home helping devices in the long run as well.
Remember To Turn Your Appliances Off
It’s possible to save up to £30 a month simply from turning off your plug sockets every night. When you consider how easy it is to flick the WiFi switch before you head up to bed every night, this is a no-brainer! Getting into good habits in this way will help you save the pennies on your energy bills and do your bit for the environment without you even noticing.
Even if you don’t have the time to turn off all your appliances every night, simple things like flicking off the kettle when you’re not using it will have a huge impact in the long run.
Get Your Meal Planning Sorted For Good
Planning out your weekly shop is as good for the planet as it is your purse strings. Sitting down with a list lets you enjoy the most scrumptious meals without the worry of rooting through your cupboards for something to eat every night. Food waste is one of the biggest problems facing the world currently. Finding room for five minutes for planning your meals for the week ahead every Sunday means you’ll cut down on the amount you throw away, and the amount you spend on excess food you (and even your constantly hungry teenagers) can eat before it goes off.
You could also think about easing off on your meat consumption, too. Now veganism and vegetarianism are becoming more popular, there are thousands of tasty meat-free recipes available online for you to try. Meat-eating is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, so cutting down on even one meal a week will mean your carbon footprint slims right down.
Stock Up on Sustainable Cleaning Products
If you’re already a savvy thrift shopper, you’ll know how far looking past the labels can get you when it comes to your weekly shop. While a lot of more popular cleaning products include harmful chemicals that have a negative impact on the environment over time, doing your research into eco-friendly cleaning solutions keep your carbon footprint and your soft furnishings happier for longer.
Think About Your Water Waste
If you don’t already have a water-saving showerhead, now’s the time to start thinking about getting one installed. Even when your children are spending hours in the shower of a morning, a low waste showerhead helps you reduce the amount of water you use, and can make for a more enjoyable shower too thanks to the harder pressure it creates.
If you can manage to drag your family out the shower a little earlier, this will help you see a huge reduction on your energy bills too. Even spending a minute less in the shower each day will help save litres of water over time.
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