Making your home green and reducing your carbon footprint doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, you may be surprised at just how easy sustainable living can be. However, it should be noted that if you have an older home, ensuring it is ‘green’ can be a great deal more difficult than for example the new builds in Surrey. This is due to how new builds are currently being built in accordance to government regulations.
Whilst previously, doing your part for the environment simply meant separating plastic from paper when it came to placing your rubbish in the bin – 2015 is a little different. There is so much more we can do to help preserve our much loved planet. Global warning and soaring energy bills are front page news on a daily basis and as a result green living means conserving natural resources whenever and wherever we can.
It turns out that by going green we don’t have to spend a fortune by installing solar panels or sustainable wood flooring. In fact, experts believe simple changes to our everyday lives are all that is needed.
Here are 7 easy tips for making your home green in 2015:
One of the easiest ways to save electricity is to use the green bulb. Energy saving bulbs are fantastic at both lighting your home and saving you money on electricity.
Insulate your loft
It is amazing the amount of homeowners who still have not insulated their loft. This is the most simple and effective way of ensuring your home remains warm without costing you too much money. It is thought by experts that loft insulation can save the average homeowner up to £400 over two to three years.
Use local sources and tradesmen
A holistic approach to housing is not only great for your bank balance but also for your local economy. Try to use locally sourced materials and tradesmen where possible.
Try to purchase furniture made from recycled materials. This is a great deal cheaper and will help keep your carbon footprint to a minimum. Believe it or not, more pieces of furniture made from recycled materials are coming into the market.
Water based paints
When choosing the paint for your home, try to opt for water based paints with natural pigments. Oil based paints are a great deal less energy efficient and less aesthetically pleasing.
Fill cavity walls with insulation
Yes, not only should your roof be insulated but your cavity walls also. This will reduce your gas bill tremendously as it will ensure that each and every room is warm throughout the year. Cavity walls that are not insulated cost the homeowner the most amount of money.
Replace single glazed
This is probably the most basic tip that most homeowners miss – replace all single glazed windows with double glazing. This ensures draughts cannot get into the home and prevents heat from escaping.
With these seven tips in mind, you will save yourself a fortune in 2015 whilst also helping to create a greener planet.
South Africa is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations out there, with its picturesque landscapes, diverse cultures, utopian-like beaches and romantic sunset safaris where you’ll be able to spot the big five, there is no denying that it seems almost impossible to see everything that South Africa has to offer during a single vacation. To make your lives easier, here are three experiences that you should definitely add to your South African bucket list.
Cable Car up Table Mountain or Hike Lion’s Head, Western Cape
One of the first images that pops into the minds of people when the name Cape Town is mentioned, is that of the breathtakingly beautiful Table Mountain. If hiking isn’t quite your thing, hop into the cable car and take a slow journey up to the top of the mountain, experiencing the 360° views of Cape Town, the ocean and the neighbouring peaks. Once at the top, you are in for one of the most exquisite views you’ll ever see. You’ll feel like the whole of Cape Town is at your feet. Relax with a delicious picnic and watch as the Rock Dassies scamper around blissfully. If hiking is more your cup a’ tea, then the relatively easy hike up to the top of Lion’s Head is just for you.
Sun City Casino and Resort, North West Province
Ever since the internet appeared, we have become bombarded with websites such as pokiespalace.com.au that offers user a glimpse into the world of gambling. Due to this very reason, it seems that a large amount of people have forgotten the sheer beauty that is attached to most casinos around the world. The Sun City Casino definitely takes the idea of beauty to a whole new level, both architecturally as well as with its mind-blowing décor. Thanks to the world-famous massive five-star Palace of the Lost City, this casino resort can only be described as something out of a fairy tale princess fantasy. With an endless number of activities, including the Valley of Waves waterpark, a large golf course as well as a relaxing spa, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone here.
Shark Cage Diving, Western Cape
The adrenalin junkies will be glad to know that the oceans of Cape Town have an incredibly diverse shark population, with a quarter of the world’s shark species dwelling in the depths. Take the 175km journey from Cape Town to Gansbaai, the Great White Shark capital of the world, and experience the thrills of coming face-to-face with these prehistoric beasts. Just try your best to refrain from humming the Jaws theme tune as the cage is lowered.
By Jason Swindon
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