Green Living: Top tips for an Eco Friendly House

Environment Friendly Living

Green Living: Top tips for an Eco Friendly House

10 Steps towards an Eco-Friendly House that you can do now

We all want to do our bit for the environment and help secure a better future for our children and future generations. With global warming having more of an impact on our weather, it is getting harder to ignore our impact on the environment. It really is time to do what we can towards a sustainable future.

You may be concerned that living a greener life means large sacrifices and impractical changes to your lifestyle. This just isn’t the case. There are a number of simple steps that you can take towards an eco friendly house and greener living. Here are 10 that you can do now.

How to make an eco friendly house

green home in grass


1. Eco-Friendly Products

Make the switch to green household cleaning products. Many of the cleaning products we use everyday contain chemicals that can be detrimental to our health as well as to the environment. They enter the water supply and do not biodegrade quickly, having an impact on the environment. Avoid using products that use chlorine bleach as a stain remover and aerosols with CFCs. There are many eco-friendly cleaning products available with all of the major supermarket chains also offering a green alternative. And you’ll be surprised that you don’t have to pay much more, if any,  for these greener options.


2. Recycle

Recycling can make a big difference in protecting the environment. You should have your own recycle bin already. If you don’t then get in contact with your local council to request one. It is then all about finding out what you can recycle, sorting it, and putting out your recycling on the correct night. Recycling reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfill – currently in the UK we have over 1500 landfill sites – and also saves energy, helping conserve the environment. Why not involve the children so they can learn about recycling and help you out too. For more recycling information visit

Recycle Now

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3. Compost

If you’ve got a garden then compost – it’s as simple as that. It is a great way of processing garden and kitchen waste and reducing landfill. You can then use the nutrient rich compost to feed your garden. Buy yourself an inexpensive compost bin or just start with a compost heap. For more information on composting visit the

BBC Gardening section

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4. Low-flow Toilet

Toilets use about 30% of the total water used in a household. On average a single flush uses 9 litres of water. If you’re looking to buy a new toilet or make a step towards saving water then opt for a dual flush toilet, which allows you to choose the amount of water used in a flush. An alternative method if you are not in a position to buy a new toilet is to install a cheap gadget to convert your current toilet to a dual flush or put an object into the cistern to take the place of some of the water.


5. Save Energy

These are some simple steps to saving energy that will reduce your impact on the environment and reduce your bills:


–       use energy saving lightbulbs


–       turn off the lights when you leave a room


–       look into government schemes to help make your home more energy efficient


–       no more standby – turn off your appliances at the power switch


–       energy-efficient boiler *


–       double-glazing *


–       insulate your walls and roof *


–       use thick curtains


–       block draughts


–       only put enough water in kettle that you need


–       use a clothes line when the weather allows


–       turn down your thermostat by just one degree – do this for your heating and hot water too

* These may be covered by Green Deal initiatives from the government – here is a guide from

Money Saving Expert

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6. Reduce Plastic Waste

Reduce plastic waste and help reduce global warming. Use a bag for life instead of plastic carrier bags, stop buying plastic water bottles, recycle and reuse as much as possible. Sending plastics to landfill increases greenhouse gases so try to buy only those items that can be recycled. If you need more evidence then check out these

11 Photographs

that remind us just how bad plastic water bottles are for the planet.


7. Secondhand Furniture

Anything that is thrown away is bad news for the environment. Go green in style by buying secondhand, antique, salvaged or reclaimed materials. Vintage and shabby chic are in and you can pick up great furniture pieces for bargain prices. And if you have old items of furniture and clothes then consider taking them to your local charity shop.


8. Solar Panels

Solar panels are a great way to invest in renewable energy and help protect the environment. There are several ways to get free or highly subsidised solar panels for your home as part of the Government’s FIT Scheme to shift our reliance on fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources.  As well as satisfying green credentials, you also get to reduce the cost of your household bills from using and selling on the energy you produce. And don’t worry, solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to capture the sun’s energy.


9. More Plants

Plants for the home

Not only do plants look beautiful and help create a more welcoming and relaxing atmosphere in your home, they also improve the air quality. Plants absorb carbon monoxide and emit oxygen. If you have children then plants are also a great way of teaching them about the natural world and the importance of protecting the environment.


10. Water Purification System

Environmentally-friendly water purification systems can help you achieve an eco-friendly home. There are several reasons that make them a green choice:


  • stop the use and waste of plastic water bottles. Aquatec systems purify drinking water to 98-99% purity, providing you with water that is better for you than bottled mineral water.

  • stop you consuming the dangerous chemicals that find their way into our water supply from cleaning products and other pollutants.

  • with purified water, you will find cleaning much easier, requiring less cleaning products if any at all

  • you can afford to use less of all beauty, hair and cleaning products so the amount of waste is reduced dramatically

  • you can use your washing machine at a lower temperature

Aquatec – the Pure Water People

At Aquatec, we are committed to sustainability and protecting our shared environment. We ensure that sustainable processes are adhered to in the manufacture and installation of our water purification systems. To read more on our commitment to the environment click

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