There’s a big difference between loving nature and actively trying to protect it within the comfort of your home. Why in your home? Because travelling the world to save wild creatures will soon become pointless if you don’t reduce the domestic level of waste and pollution. Don’t think it is a personal take on your lifestyle. Everybody pollutes the planet. When you commute to work in the morning, you participate to the urban air pollution. The energy you consume at home is harmful to the planet. Your healthy salad, born from import products – these Mexican avocados and Vietnamese starfruits didn’t just appear in the aisles of your local grocery shop – has created more damages to the planet than benefits to your health. In a word, your life is not as environment-friendly as it could be. It’s time to take action and make a greener world, starting with your home.
Refresh Your Air Indoors
It is likely that you will find pollutants in your home. Sometimes, all you need to do is to open the window to let the freshly polluted air in. Sometimes, it hides in the most common everyday objects, from the fibres of your couch cushions to the bathroom cleaning products. So it’s important to clarify the air in your home with an indoor garden. Is there any better way to welcome nature into your house? When it comes to choosing the right plants, you need not only to consider the living conditions – for instance, a sunny spot on the windowsill is ideal for plants that need plenty of sun exposure but will dry out your kitchen herbs – and the anti-pollutant powers of indoor plants. Aloe vera is a purifying plant that clears benzene and formaldehyde in the air. The Dracaena family is very good at removing other xylene and toluene – a dangerous solvent.
Maximise Space And Light
If you live in an old house, or flat, you are probably struggling with small floor superficies but high ceilings. Instead of considering a costly extension, you can address the space issue by building a wooden mezzanine to create an additional room. A mezzanine will require timber wood for the floor for a natural feeling and the stairs too. It’s best to evaluate the quantity you need – preferably with the help of a professional so that you are sure to buy the right elements – and to order it online or via the phone. You can find building supplies merchants that offer home deliveries. George Hill Timber is one of them and has the largest range of timber in the North West of the UK, meaning you’re sure to find what you need. As a rule of the thumb, a mezzanine needs only a handful of days, depending on size, and can greatly maximise the natural light in your home, as you can add windows higher into the wall.
Eat Seasonal And Fresh
Do you love your fruits and vegetables? Great! But do you eat seasonal products? If no, you need to be aware of the unnecessary costs and pollution that are integral to import products. In other words, switch your diet back to seasonal products. The best way to eat seasonal, and fresh too, is to start growing your own vegetables. You can grow kitchen herbs and tomatoes indoors, even in the smallest of houses. If you have a garden, you can easily enjoy fresh organic peas, beans, salads, carrots, courgettes, and even squashes. If you’re up for a challenge, you can try potatoes and onions. Fruits might take a little longer if you have no fruit trees – as new trees don’t produce any fruits during the first years – but it’s an appealing option if you’re patient.
Alternative Sources Of Energy
Ideally, the best way to limit your energy waste and its impact on the planet is to become entirely self-sufficient. Unfortunately, modern technologies and urban lifestyles don’t allow for energy independence. But you can certainly add alternative and renewable energy systems to your home. This is a costly investment, but you can find governmental grants and fundings for the installation of renewable technology. You have the choice between solar PV that requires a roof surface, heat pumps and biomass that need space inside and outside your home, hydro energy that needs a nearby stream, wood-fuelled heating or even wind turbine.
Use Organic Insulation Fibres
Last, but not least, is the importance of insulation in your home. Insulation keeps your home cool in summer and warm in winter, consequently reducing energy waste. But did you know that you could use organic material to insulate your home? You can use cork insulation to under a flat roof, which is highly recyclable and naturally resistant to most insect and rodent invasions. Hempcrete is another completely renewable material that can be precast or insitu cast.