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How to make your house more eco-friendly

eco tips from designer oliver heath andrex

I try to be as eco-friendly as I can be. I recycle. I only use the tumble dryer, if I really have to and we have energy saving light bulbs all around the house. Whilst they might seem quite expensive initially, they will save you a fair amount of money in the long run. A new survey conducted by Andrex Eco however shows that 48% of Brits are worried that being greener will leave them out of pocket and a whopping 78% of us thinking that eco-friendly or sustainable products are more expensive than their standard counterparts.

Eco designer Oliver Heath knows that being eco-friendly doesn’t have to be expensive though. Click the video below to go on a tour around his house with the TV star.

How to make your house more eco-friendly – 10 easy tips from Oliver Heath

1. Cut your electricity bills by switching over to low energy LED light bulbs. They’ll save you money and won’t need changing almost ever – well every 50,000 hours or so.

2. The summer months are a great time to fit draught excluders to doors, windows, and even unused chimneys. It’s a cheap and easy DIY job but makes an enormous change to your home come winter – draughts account for 15% of your homes heat loss.

3. Start a compost heap. Now you’re back out in the garden there will be lots of green waste to start feeding it with, plus you can also include kitchen waste and cardboard such as toilet roll tubes. Keep a compost caddy and by this time next year you’ll have lots of lovely fertiliser to feed your flowers, fruit and veg with.

4. Think about all the places you throw stuff away from – people often forget about all the recyclable materials that come from the bathroom such as shampoo bottles and toilet roll tubes, so why not put a separate recycling bin in there too.

5. Cutting down on hot water use can save you in three ways as we pay to buy, heat and dispose of it. Fitting and an aerated shower head and using a shower timer will literally save you gallons every day, not to mention the reduced energy costs.

6. Natural light is psychologically uplifting and can help you cut down on energy bills. Make the most of this free renewable energy source by fully opening curtains every day, keeping windows free of obstructions and bouncing light off white painted window sills.

7. Plants not only look good, they also keep your home healthy too. Ferns, ivy, spider plants and mother-in-law’s tongue all absorb CO2 and a variety of toxins in the home.

8. It’s often the small actions that make a change like choosing to buy better. Look out for products that contain recycled materials and that are easily recyclable. You’ll find the same great quality but with environmental thinking built in from the outset like Andrex Eco toilet paper.

9. Homes filled with new furniture and fittings can often feel a little impersonal. Divert usable old or worn out products from waste and find items to upcycle for your home. Vintage or upcycled items add character, identity and style, making your home that little bit more unique.

10. Sharing things feels good and saves you money. There are lots of ways that communities can make big changes and benefit you – whether it’s borrowing more from local libraries, giving away unwanted items on Freecycle or joining other online community groups to access with local skills, products or activities.

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Andrew Eco.

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  1. Some great ideas here. I have recently moved into a very very old house which is very uneconomical in terms of heating and saving energy. I am quite eco-conscious so thank you for this info, I will be putting it to good use.x

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  2. I “upcycled” items well before it was fashionable lol. I also drive my family mad with constantly going behind them turning off lights etc or telling them to turn them off. Lastly, I won’t consider a tumble dryer in my house, apart from the fact I think they shrink your clothes, I just love having my washing hanging out on a line (alright I’m a skinflint too lol ).

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