As we become more aware of our effect on the planet, many of us start looking for ways to curb our impact on the environment and become eco-friendlier, creating a better world for the next generation. No matter the strength of our intentions, the issues of effort and cost always tend to pop up: but have no fear; we’re here to provide a list of simple and cost-effective ways to make your home more eco-friendly.
1. Swap your bulbs for LED’s
LED bulbs are 80% more efficient than traditional lighting, using much less electricity.
2. When choosing floors, go with bamboo
If you are planning on re-doing your flooring, choose bamboo wood. Bamboo trees are the fastest growing plants on earth, making it more environmentally friendly than traditional timber.
3. Keep your fridge out of sunlight
Placing your refrigerator in a high-sunlight spot can force it to work harder, and therefore use more electricity to keep cool. Move your fridge to a spot where it’s out of the sun.
4. Get some houseplants
Add some green flair with this easy tip. Houseplants improve the air quality in your home and brighten up any space. English ivy, corn plants and peace lilies are fantastic indoor plants for air purification.
5. Repurpose or buy vintage
Save some serious cash by simply repurposing old furniture; give it a fresh lick of paint for a bright new look or use it for a different purpose. You can also buy vintage pieces instead of buying new. Vintage or antique pieces can also add a touch of classic style and elegance to your home.
6. Install a low-flow toilet
Flushing toilets are a massive source of water use, accounting for up to 30% of total indoor water use. You can reduce your water consumption by installing a low-flow toilet, which uses about half the amount of water that an older toilet uses. This will also save you some money off your water bill!
7. Plant indigenous
Protect and sustain the local environment by only planting only plant life native to your region. Pop into your nearest nursery to get expert advice about which indigenous species you can plant.
8. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater geyser
Most hot water geysers are automatically set to temperatures that are higher than necessary. You can save electricity by merely lowering the heat on your geyser’s thermostat.
Simple, but oh-so-effective, these eight tips can help you reduce your environmental footprint. Do you have any advice you would like to add?
Mobus Properties Ltd. is a privately-held Ghanaian property investment, development and management company focusing on commercial and residential property development. The company has property portfolios in Ghana and Nigeria.
Want to live in the city? Try one of our upmarket, world-class developments.