Sustainability is increasingly important for homeowners, and that means it’s the same for us. Here at Ecovue, we’re passionate about helping you to get the most out of your home and enhance your lifestyle. So if you’re looking at ways to reduce your carbon footprint, we’re keen to get behind this initiative and help with that too.
At Ecovue, we want to live up to the ‘eco’ part of our name, and in this article, we’ll outline some of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint right now. The state of the environment is an important topic, so it’s vital that we all do what we can, as soon as we can, to make a real, tangible difference to the world we live in – and the one we leave behind.
So here at 5 ways to reduce your carbon footprint from the team at Ecovue.
Replace Your Windows & Doors
We’ll start with that is perhaps an obvious one (for us) but it’s the one we’re most familiar with – and one of the most effective ways to make a difference. If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, then naturally you’ll want to rely less on your central heating, which means you need to more effectively make use of the heat you already have in your home.
If you have single glazing or even older double glazed windows and doors, you’re making it all too easy for heat to escape into the outside world when you really want to keep it trapped inside with you. For a cosier living space in the colder months, double glazing makes such a noticeable difference to your comfort that you’ll wonder how you ever coped without it.
Replace your windows and doors with Ecovue for market leading products that will make a real difference to your lifestyle. Keep your home warm and cosy all year round so you’re less reliant on your central heating. You can therefore reduce your carbon footprint – and, just as importantly, save money on your energy bills too.
Cars are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions right across the world, so cutting down on the amount of time we spend on the road is a surefire step towards moving in the right direction and reducing our collective carbon footprint. Where possible, see if you can take the bus, or maybe walk to enjoy the fresh air (which you’re helping to make even fresher!) and take in your surroundings.
If public transport isn’t an option and you live too far away from work to head out on foot, how about arranging a carpool? Karaoke is optional, and you’ll get to spend some quality time with friends and colleagues at the start and end of the day. By doing this, you could cut down your carbon emissions by a significant amount, and there are social and psychological benefits to this as well – you’ll get company, conversation and (if you’re not the one driving any more) convenience for an all-around better way to get about.
Reuse & Recycle
Being mindful of our day-to-day practices is an effective way to be aware of and then ultimately cut down on our carbon footprint. This not only includes larger factors like driving to work or flying off on holiday, but it also encompasses smaller daily moments like eating or drinking.
If you’re heading for your morning coffee, consider investing in a reusable cup. You won’t have the wastage associated with disposable ones, and many outlets will offer a discount or bonus if you bring your own, meaning it makes economic sense as well as ecological.
Standby vs Shutdown
Taking another look at what you can do around the house now to cut down your carbon footprint, there are some more simple hacks to make a big difference. When you’re heading out for the day or off to bed, it can be tempting to leave lights, TVs and other electrical appliances plugged in and on standby. After all, it saves a little time later on or the next day when you want to switch them back on, right?
But unplugging your appliances when they’re not in use will reduce your energy consumption. Most, if not all, modern appliances will still consume a small amount of power when they’re on standby and plugged in, but this will add up over time. It’s such a simple thing to do, to simply pull the plug, but it’s all part of a larger change to your lifestyle that would massively impact the bigger picture if we all did it and help to reduce our carbon footprint.
Insulate Your Home
As well as investing in double glazing, there are lots of other ways to keep the heat in your home more effectively. In fact, once you have double glazing, you can start compounding your savings by opting for these insulation options too. If you have large doors that are letting out heat, think about investing in curtains or blinds to trap the warm air inside.
Blinds between glass are a great choice for this. Stylish and discrete, with an innovative “thermal break” between the panels, they BBGs can reduce solar glare and keep your energy bills down, allowing you to feel comfier and cosier in every way – with some more money in the bank each month.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Ecovue
Here at Ecovue, we’re committed to helping our customers with what matters most to them. We want to enhance your lifestyle with our double glazed windows and doors, so choose a more sustainable way of life with our improvements and by taking some of these handy hints on board.
To find out more about how double glazing will impact and improve your home and your life, we welcome you to contact our team. Use our online quoting tool for a competitive, bespoke price, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your next project.