Saving the environment from our homes - just a wishful thought or a reality?
From long hours spent in the bath to keeping the tap running while we brush our teeth, our subconscious daily habits at home can amount to wasting the world's resources. But, being more mindful at home is easier than you think. We've rounded up a few key ways to be more conscious of your consumption and reduce the impact your home might be having on the environment.
Be conscious in the kitchen
Often the buzzing hub of the house, kitchens can have the highest demand for power usage within your home. Overfilling or boiling the kettle multiple times is a common power drainer, while simple actions such as keeping the lid on a boiling pan or turning the tap off between washing items in the sink will help to reduce the amount of power and water you use. Did you know that boiling one cup of water in a kettle is not only the most energy efficient way of doing so, but will also only cost set you back 1p? Next time you're making tea, remember to only fill the kettle up to one cups worth!
Flick the switch
Many appliances round the house use power without us even realising. Coined ‘vampire devices’, these gadgets are often the ones left on standby throughout the day, ready to be used whenever we need. According to the BBC, British Gas research indicates that on the average UK home is spending £147 a year by leaving appliances on standby. From TVs to bedside alarm clocks to washing machines, watch out for these power drainers and make sure they’re turned off at the plug to cut down on unnecessary power use. Also, incorporating simple habits such as turning lights off when you leave a room will save you a chunk of your monthly electricity use.
Invest in insulation
We all rely on central heating to get us through the cold spells of the year, so it is worth investigating any sources of draughts to make our heating more efficient and reduce our energy use. Common spots to pinpoint are the edges of windows and doors and cracks in the floor. While there are plenty of permanent, more expensive options for insulation such as a heat pump, adding a rug or some DIY draught excluders will help your home feel toasty warm, reducing the need to crank up the heating and consume more energy. Also, if you have a water tank, effectively your hot water is generated through a giant kettle. Ensuring that the tank is well insulated can have a significant impact on how long water is kept warm, removing the need to reheat and ultimately saving energy (and money)!
Watch your water
A topic close to our hearts at Stripped, being aware of your water consumption is a simple way to be more considerate of not wasting earth's resources. Limiting your baths and the amount of time spent in the shower, maximising the load in your washing machine to reduce frequency of washes, or having a bowl in the sink to catch and reuse water will make significant changes to the amount of water consumed.
With greater environmental awareness of energy consumption, ‘smart’ gadgets have started to crop up for everything within the home. Incorporating a smart meter and/or smart plugs allows for greater control over - and can easily track - your power and energy usage. Being given a first hand look into your home's demand for energy will help to incorporate better practices for saving energy.