Climate change is an undeniable reality, and saving energy and reducing consumption should be a top priority for us all. An article by Prospect on homes for the future describes how architectural firms all across the UK are taking action. In May 2019, the group called “Architects Declare” published their manifesto, featuring goals such as monitoring energy use, minimising construction waste, and retrofitting old structures. For the average homeowner, there are several ways you can join this initiative and transition to a cleaner and greener home:
Tip 1: Invest in an air purifier
Firstly, buying an air purifier for your home can reduce the harmful airborne toxins in the air, such as pollutants from vehicles and other allergens. These particles are too small to see with the naked eye, so you might not even be aware that you’re breathing in paint fumes, dust, cooking fumes, and other harmful substances. While vacuuming regularly can help you clear the dust from your carpet, properly cleaning the air in your home requires an air purifier. In Ideal Home’s guide to selecting the best air purifiers for your home, they suggest purchasing the Blueair Blue Pure 411 for your bedroom so that you can breathe easier at night.
Tip 2: Try out rainwater harvesting
According to a report from The Guardian, England might experience a country-wide water shortage by 2040. Statistics show that due to the growing population and rising temperatures, there might be 50 to 80% less water in some rivers during the summer. To prepare yourself from this, consider installing a rainwater harvesting system in your home to collect, recycle, and provide water. If you do decide on this option you may need to get the plumbing properly installed and integrated for your home. HomeServe have over 1.8 million customers across the UK, and detail how burst pipes are one of the most common plumbing issues that their patrons call them out for. And that is for indoor plumbing. When you install a new outdoor water system, such as a rainwater harvesting system, you need to be extra careful as the plumbing will be exposed to the elements and are more likely to burst. If the rainwater harvesting system is not properly installed this could lead to a costly repair or replacement in the future.
Tip 3: Be mindful with your food choices
Although veganism has recently been trending, The Independent reports that the media constantly debates whether this practice is healthy and tends to ridicule it by spreading misinformation. However, they also cite the obvious importance of how “giving up or cutting down on meat and dairy is the right thing to do for the sake of our planet.” Making the personal decision to reduce your meat and dairy intake, or cut it out entirely, is up to you, but it is a good way for you to actively create a green home through your day-to-day choices. Start out by slowly finding alternatives like legumes and soy-based products and see how you feel. It is also recommended to try various vegan lunch options to eat on the go during office hours.
Tip 4: Choose eco-friendly household cleaning products
Lastly, one small change you can make is switching from popular household brands to environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Harmful chemicals can be especially harmful to your kids and pets if they are accidentally ingested, so finding cleaner alternatives is what’s best for the whole family. Country Living recommends some highly effective all-natural products such as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day glass cleaner to help you keep your home spotless and clean.
In the end, making some lifestyle choices to transition to a more sustainable home doesn’t have to involve a huge commitment. Even creating a miniature indoor garden, like we previously mentioned can literally add a touch of green to your home. For more tips and articles on the home and other lifestyle issues check out the Plusminus Magazine on a daily basis.