This summer is supposed to be one of the hottest on record – and although not many of us know much about the science behind it (a hot front rising? from Africa? or something along those lines?) we are all united in saying sagely: “Ah. Global warming.” We know that the polar ice caps are melting, we know that sea levels are rising – and we know that there are small things that we can do about it to help in our everyday lives. Here are some easy ways to get eco friendly in your home

Update Your Windows

Get new windows. If you have single glazed windows it’s time to push the boat out and go for double glazing instead. Not only are they a whole lot less breakable than the older more fragile glass of single glazing but they’re excellent at keeping warm air in and cold air out (and vice versa in the summer!). If you’re worried about the look of your house, you can always check out black uPVC windows, which will fit nicely into any period features that your home might have.

Add Energy Efficient Bulbs

Energy efficient bulbs have the excellent and desirable double whammy effect of being both good for the environment and your wallet – not only do they use a lot less energy (thereby lowering your energy bill) but they also last for a lot longer (thereby lowering your light bulb buying bill). For a while, energy efficient bulbs tended to be rather dim but thankfully technology is improving more and more as the years go by so that should no longer be an issue.

Filter Your Water

If you’re the sort of person who buys a new bottle of water every time they go out, I am here to tell you to stop that immediately. Instead, buy a reusable water bottle and a water filter so that you can refill it with tap water at home. Even if you live in a hard water area and you don’t particularly enjoy the taste of your tap water, the filter will get all the nasty impurities out and make it taste just like your favourite brand of bottled water. If you aren’t really big on the taste of water at all, then why not invest in a water bottle that you can add fruit to so that you can lightly flavour your water with peach and strawberry?

Unplug Your Electronics

If you don’t unplug your electronics when you’re finished using them, now is the time to start. Even if you turn your TV off at the end of the day (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then the little red light is usually on, which means that you’ve left it on standby. This is using up a lot more energy than you might realise, so make sure you unplug it and other electronics  before you go to bed. This will also be great for fire safety in your home and will lower your energy bill along with your consumption of fossil fuels.

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