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What to do to live in a sustainable way? In this mini-guide, you will find the 10 eco-tips to follow to make your home (but also your hotel or your B&B) more environmentally friendly… by the same time saving your money!
Sustainable living is not that difficult. Whether it is your room, your hotel, or your B&B, you can choose to organize it in an ecological way while enjoying various advantages. On the one hand, you are doing good to the environment, by reducing the impact on the planet. On the other hand, you will reduce your waste, minimize consumption … and save! Of course, the ideal would be to rebuild your house following the principles of bio-architecture taking into account all the environmentally friendly methods, the choice of materials, the use of natural resources, and improving the good -be people. But it is not always easy to start from scratch and rebuild.
However, you have the option of living a sustainable lifestyle, living healthier, and being responsible to the planet, even without significant effort. It is very little you can do to make your rooms (or your hotel) eco-sustainable. Here are the 10 green habits to adopt right away!
1) Opt for LED lighting
The advantages of LED bulbs are immediately guaranteed. Although their initial price is a little higher, but in longer-term LED bulbs help you save up to 90% more than old incandescent bulbs. Their advantages do not end with their economy, LED is known for its perfect performance and its aesthetic advantages – having more choice of designs, installing in your LED ceiling light for example, for people with modern taste. This is how LED is a great tool to save money, give a new touch to your home, and also help the environment.
2) Watch out for our Water
It may sound like a cliché, but obviously it cannot be repeated enough: water is a precious resource and should not be wasted. Fortunately, that water is a little more abundant than another, but why use more than necessary. Consider other places in this world with lack of water resources. Small ecological habits help to better preserve this precious resource such as turning off the tap when brushing or while washing your dishes. To save up to 50% more water, it is better to take a shower than a bath. Finally, by installing simple flow reducers in the taps of your house, you can save 6 liters of water per minute!
3) Optimize heating
To save up to 10-20% on energy needs in your home, you just need to slightly lower the temperature of the rooms. Did you know? With autonomous heating or centralized heating, this will help a lot to minimize your impact on the environment. In the case of condominium heating, you only need to adjust the valves/blades according to your actual use of each room or else close them if not needed. In case of independent heating, you just need to set the thermostat to a lower temperature and set the timer to heat the rooms only when necessary.
4) The eye on insulation
Another way to fight the cold without damaging the environment; opt for good insulation. If you are not looking to renovate it completely, you can always adapt your interior: there are thermal coatings based on gypsum, lime, clay or cork, and many other natural materials. To whiten, call a qualified technician who will show you the ecological paints and varnishes most compatible with the applied thermal cycle.
5) Attention to windows and accessories
To insulate well, of course, the first thing to consider is windows: your new window will help you reduce your energy needs by 33%. In addition, in some cases, you can take benefit from a reduction in your housing tax.
6) Switch off the devices in standby mode
How to save 11% more electricity? Quite simply, turn off your devices that are in standby mode. From time to time, take good care of your devices in the house, your video game consoles, or your coffee machine for example. To make it easier, you can use multiple sockets or connect these devices to a single circuit breaker.
7) Choose the right energy class
Speaking of appliances, it’s good to make a little note about household appliances. In fact, a large part of the average domestic consumption households is precisely due to washing machines, dishwashers, and refrigerators. When choosing your new washing machine or refrigerator, check the energy class: A +, A ++ and A +++ are the most energy-efficient, as they guarantee greater savings, both in economic terms and ecological.
8) Sort your waste
It is unfortunately estimated that only some of the citizens regularly and correctly carry out separate wastes. Consequently, this waste pollutes our environment and above all prevents the reuse of waste and reduces the abundance of resources as well. Commit to creating a place to sort your waste: perhaps outside or on a balcony and to better avoid unwanted odors, eliminate them regularly. Also, pay attention to edible oil used at home! If you throw them down the drain, it can cause serious damage to the environment: it must be taken to the appropriate collection points in the area.
9) Make your compost
It’s the perfect metaphor that represents how rejection can turn into something useful. You will just need very little: either get special composters or use a simple bucket on the bottom of a balcony placed on a saucer to collect any liquid spills. You can pick up dried leaves and flowers, twigs, leftover fruit and vegetables, dried fruit and eggshells and even paper (as long as it is not laminated) to get the results you want. After a few months, the soil will start to form and after a year you will have prepared the compost for your plants.
10) Use ecological detergents
Even the way you clean your home can have an impact on the environment. Choose ecological detergents obtained from 100% vegetable raw materials. If you have free time and want to have fun, you can also try one of these DIY recipes for ecological detergents. You will discover that the self-production of soaps for personal and household care is not so difficult and can be more economical!