10 Easy, Eco-Friendly Home Improvements With LMP
Here at Love My Pond we love all ecosystems big and small and we’re always looking for new products that can help make our personal and global environments happier and healthier. While you won’t find every suggestion on this list in our catalogue, we think they’re all great initiatives and we wanted to share them with you!
In Your Outdoor Areas:
It is surprisingly easy to make your backyard and other outdoor areas more environmentally friendly while also improving your lifestyle.
Creating A Safe Space For Native Animals:
Another great way to help support the environment is to create a safe space for native animals on your property. This can be done by building a ‘natural pond’ in your backyard or by optimising your dam for habitation. The easiest way to do this is by utilising local rocks and native flora in your landscaping and avoiding the use of any chemical in your water treatment processes. We have a great range of treatments called Biostim which can assist with this as they all work biologically to improve your water quality. Ensuring adequate food for visitors, especially bees, is also a great way to make your backyard or paddock more animal friendly so consider allowing moss and other smaller organisms to stick around when they pop up to provide benefits such as habitat for tardigrades and a constant food source food for froggy friends.
Growing Your Own Veggies:
Starting a veggie patch is another environmentally friendly addition that also has some great health benefits. We should all be getting our two serves of fruit and five of veg a day and obviously, the fresher they are, the better and you can’t get much fresher than going from your backyard straight to the table. This reduces wastage, lowers the carbon footprint of your meals since your fruit and veg no longer need to be transported, and, if you don’t mind sharing the fruits of your labour, provides a nice food source for birds and other local critters that might want to have a munch.
Installing Solar Panels:
Utilising the power of the sun to run your home can have great benefits for both the environment and your back pocket. Solar systems have come a long way from the days of expensive, bulky set ups that weren’t all that helpful and current technology can really make a difference to your carbon footprint and power bills. Almost anyone can install solar panels on their roof and reap the benefits of creating their own clean, sustainable, energy and thanks to ever decreasing maintenance costs, most systems pay for themselves fairly quickly. If you choose an option that has batteries you’ll be able to make an even bigger impact but systems that feed back into the mains grid are also a great place to start and tend to require less initial outlay, plus, you’ll probably get a kickback from your provider for creating more energy for the grid.
Add Some Water Tanks:
This tip is fairly self-explanatory since capturing rainwater in a tank is a great way to give your home a quick, sustainable upgrade and can provide extra water for your family’s use.
Somewhere In The Middle:
Are they inside? Are they outside? No-one really knows where exactly to classify them so we decided to meet in the middle.
Divert Your Greywater:
A lot of the wastewater that flows from your home into sewage doesn’t actually have to end up that way. Much of what gets used in your bathroom and laundry can be recycled and used for irrigation and watering your garden. This is a great way to help save water and can provide your plants with some much needed love during periods of drought and water restrictions. It’s also a no brainer when you consider the fact that the average person produces between 75 and 170 litres of greywater a day. That’s approximately 60% of daily household usage (and quite a good drink for your gardens). Greywater diversion devices are fairly cheap these days and once your plumber comes out to set up your new device, the benefits start flowing immediately.
Not only is composting great for reducing your waste, it’s also a great way to get cheap, nutrient rich fertilizer. Collect all your kitchen scraps that aren’t so tasty for you and take them out the back to a compost bin (or worm farm) and turn them into delicious food for your flower or veggie garden.
In Your Home:
Lastly, let’s take a look at our top ways to improve the eco-friendliness of your home from the inside out:
Switch Out Your Light Bulbs:
Swapping out your old light bulbs for more energy efficient LED variants is probably the easiest way to make a difference inside your home. As an added bonus, not only will this small change help the environment but it can also make your living areas more welcoming and save you money on your electricity bill. LED bulbs throw a more natural, white light as opposed to older yellow lighting varieties which will make a room feel more spacious and calming, plus they use less than half as much power as traditional bulbs and last at least twice as long.
Use Natural Products Whenever Possible:
This one is also fairly easy to implement within your home. Each time you run out of a chemical based product, see if you can get your hands on a natural alternative that works just as well. Think things like organic shampoo or other ‘clean’ personal care products (which can be bought surprisingly cheaply these days) or bi-carb soda and lemon juice instead of harsh elements such as bleach for cleaning. You score bonus points here as well as these changes will make your home better for your family’s health as well as helping out our planet.
Get Better Blinds:
It might seem odd to include blinds in an article like this but they can actually have a pretty big impact on how eco-friendly your home is. High quality roller blinds can help keep your home warm in Winter and cool in Summer as good, heavy, block outs can act as insulation in a way. Pair these with a sheer blind so you can let natural light into your home without having nosy neighbours see everything and you’ve got a recipe for more consistent internal temperatures and less need for artificial light during daylight hours.
Houseplants are a great way to bring the outdoors in but if you get the right kind of plant they can also provide far more benefits than just prettying up the lounge room corner. Many plants can help improve your interior air quality and general health and a lot of herbs can provide an aesthetic boost for your kitchen as well as healthy, fresh fodder for your pantry and spice rack.
So there you have it, our top 10 easy, eco-friendly home improvement tips.
Let us know in the comments how you’ve made your home more environmentally friendly!