These days, as a nation, we are becoming more conscious about the environment and reducing the effects of global warming.

Which is why many of us are taking steps to ensure that our own homes are as energy efficient as possible, helping reduce our own carbon footprint.

With just a few small changes to our lifestyles, we can all help make our homes more eco-friendly and even save some money along the way. Here are just a few small steps that can help you get started with your new, greener home.

Pay Your Bills Online

By sending out bills to their customers, companies waste a staggering amount of paper each year. This means that more and more forests are being destroyed to keep up with our paper needs, which is incredibly detrimental to our environment.

By switching to paying our bills online, you can help keep the amount of paper used by that company down making it much more eco-friendly. Most banks will allow their customers to go paperless too, so you receive your statements online rather than through the post.

Insulate Your Home

One of the simplest ways to make your home more energy efficient is by adding insulation to your home. The idea being here, that the more heat you trap within your home, the less likely you are to turn up your thermostat.

Insulation comes in many forms, from wall and loft insulation to using thermal wallpapers. Even something as simple as adding a draught excluder at your door can help keep your home nice and toasty. Even better, by making your home warmer you will not only use less fossil fuels, but you’ll also save yourself money on your energy bills.

Turn Items Off After Use

We’re all guilty of leaving a few lights on in our home, however, if you want to become more eco-friendly, we need to become more aware of which household items are wasting energy when not in use.

Televisions and computer screens that are left on standby might appear to be off but, in actuality, that item is still using energy that could be saved. To make your home more eco-friendly, you should make a conscious effort to properly switch off items that are on standby as well as turning off lights when you’re not in the room or when there’s enough natural light.

Get Solar Panels for Your Home

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By installing solar panels on your home, you can vastly reduce the emissions from your household as, instead of using fossil fuels, you’ll be able to generate your own clean electricity. This will not only reduce your energy bills but it will also increase your eco-friendliness too.

It doesn’t stop there though, as solar panels are good examples of Feed-in Tariffs. A FIT is where you get paid for generating your own energy as well as getting money for selling back excess electricity to the National Grid.

Compost Your Food

Learning to compost is not only good for the environment, it’s also an eco-friendly fun activity that you can get everyone in the family involved with. Most of us now recycle as much as we can, especially when our local councils provide recycling bins – some even provide a bin especially for food waste.

If your council doesn’t provide you with a food waste bin, though, there are plenty of online tutorials that can help advise you on the best compost bin for your home. In no time at all you’ll have compost that is super rich in nutrients to use in your garden.