The world is changing really fast, and one of the biggest topics that we’ve seen explode in the last few years is the topic of environmentalism.
Now, there are a lot of conspiracy theories and misinformation websites out there when it comes to saving the planet, but the one thing that most people will agree with, no matter what side of the argument your views are, is that we should be doing more collectively and individually to protect the planet.
A little goes a long way, and, for us as moms, it’s our job to ensure that our kids are bought up in a home that is safe and healthy for them. We should be helping to make this an environment that instills the values of being a steward for the planet.
There are a few easy ways we can encourage our kids to ‘be more green’ and to improve our family home’s carbon footprint, but for a lot of moms, the big question is ‘why should I?’.
Here are five reasons you should consider improving your home’s energy efficiency and carbon footprint, and they are five solid reasons too!
Your home is one of the places you can have the biggest impact on your family’s health and well-being. Making your home more eco-friendly can take many forms, from getting into the habit of recycling regularly to going all out with solar panels, but it’s the cleaning solutions you use that will have the biggest impact on the healthiness of your family.
Why not switch to greener cleaning products. These are usually much gentler on the planet and, without harmful substances like bleach, they are a lot safer and healthier for your family too. So you have plenty to benefit from using greener products.
Going down the eco-friendly route for your family home could cost you quite a bit of money if you were to go all out, to begin with, but taking small steps to make your home more energy-efficient can actually save you money in the long run.
The first step you should take is to get your home energy rating system sorted. Get in the experts, like the guys at Air By Design, to come and test your home’s efficiency and give you a rating. Then you know exactly what you’re working with and working towards.
It almost goes without saying that having a more eco-friendly home is better for the environment, but what does that mean for you and your family home? The answer is simple if you are looking after your little bubble of the environment, you’re taking the first step to look after the rest of the environment, and this is hugely impactful on kids.
Kids raised in a household that puts being good stewards of the planet front and center are more likely to carry this on elsewhere. They will be the ones picking up litter on the street and throwing it in the trash naturally, and they will affect change in their schools too.
It’s a great chain reaction to start.
Taking steps to make your home more eco-friendly will not just help the wider environment, but it will help your own environment, your house, and your home.
Studies have shown that having more plants and greenery around is great for the air, and it also makes people, in general, feel happier and calmer, and that’s just the start of it. When you know that your home isn’t having a negative impact on the environment, it’s like a weight lifted off of you and your family.
One of the best reasons to begin to improve your home’s eco-credentials is because it could add value to your home.
Simple changes like adding a rainwater collection system, energy-efficient lightbulbs, or plotting out a vegetable garden in the backyard may not add much monetary value, but they will be a welcome sight for new people looking around, adding to the ‘wow’ value.
Bigger changes like adding solar panels to your roof, a recycling system, maybe even thermostatic radiators, and climate controls on your aircon go a long way to adding value to your property.
If you can market your property as carbon neutral, or even low carbon, it’s a big selling point for other families who are looking to get started on their own eco-friendly lifestyle. Therefore, energy improvements offer a great ROI.