Top Tips for Sustainable Home Living

We all know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint, so the Milestone team have pooled together a go-to list of tips and tricks to help you go green at home!

1. Go Electronic.

Many companies now allow you to view statements and accounts online, and also make payments electronically too. Going paperless is an easy way to minimise the amount of paper used by yourself and big brands – you may even be able to save a few pounds by choosing to refuse a paper bill!

2. Turn It Off.

You may think that simply switching your TV off with the remote is enough and it’s no longer using the electricity, but this isn’t always the case – many electronic devices in your home stay on even when they’re off. Any cables plugged into a power outlet may be zapping energy when not in use. The simple solution? Unplug your devices when not in use.

3. Save Water.

With less than 3% of the Earth’s water being fresh water, we all need to do our part to contribute to saving such an important resource, and there are many easy ways to do this. Take a shorter shower, turn off the tap whilst brushing your teeth, and don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine until they are full. These small changes can make a big difference!

4. Go Natural.

Create your own natural cleaning products at home. Simply add 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 baking soda to 2 litres of water, and you have yourself an all-purpose cleaner you can use all round the house. 

5. Let it Shine!

LED lighting is a popular interior design trend that is better for both your home and the environment. With a huge amount of the world’s energy consumption dedicated to lighting, using LED bulbs can aim to start reducing this, as they use 85% less energy than normal bulbs, and can last up to 20 years.

6. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

These three words can make a huge difference to daily life. Save up vegetable scraps to grow your own, reuse plastic bottles rather than always buying new ones, check with your local council which items you can recycle and reduce your amount of general waste. Buy a reusable shopping bag to save the 5p spend every supermarket visit.

7. Get Outside!

Spend less time inside in front of a screen and embrace the great outdoors. We’re lucky to be surrounded by acres of beautiful countryside here in Ayrshire, so take advantage of this and get moving! With beautiful walks and country trails, get your family moving and enjoying the great outdoors whilst saving energy!

8. Try Meatless Mondays. (Or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays…)

Believe it or not, one day without meat can make a difference. Raising livestock brings with it a large amount of greenhouse gas production, so even cutting back on meat one night a week can have a real impact.