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You know that a green and eco-friendly home is all the rage lately, but do you know how to make it happen? Living sustainably is about more than just making a heap of compost in the garden, after all, and you might even be able to save quite a bit of money in the long run by investing a little bit right now.

Here is a handful of ways to help you to a greener home and make your lifestyle a lot more sustainable as well. It will make you quite a lot more independent too in terms of relying on your local council – and you won’t even have to go to the shop as often as you used to.

Saving energy inside

With the heat we’ve been having lately, it’s definitely a good idea to try to make your home use a bit less energy. That comforting heat of your oven during winter, the lovely smell of something baking, and the feeling of fresh air flooding your home after opening a window while it’s cooking – that feeling belongs to the cold seasons.

You want to avoid that comforting heat by all means and the most energy savvy of us doesn’t even touch their oven when it’s summer. If you do use it, and I sure do, try not to open too much as a lot of the heat will escape and linger around your living room instead. Have a look at for even more tips.

Try to stick to salads and cold dishes as much as you can. Not only will it give your home a proper July attitude, but it will also be nice with a chill and refreshing dinner after a warm commute home. Showers should also be meant to wake you up, wash you clean, and not heat up your home with a lot of hot steam.

Save water at home

Another point to living green is, of course, to make sure that you’re not using too much water. There are many ways to do this, though, and everything from cutting down on your showers to maximum five minutes to installing a water saving shower head is going to help.

You might want to consider buying a water tank from, for example, so that you’re able to depend completely on your own household. It’s good for the environment too, of course, and will make your home one of the greenest in the neighbourhood.

Be a regular at the farmers’ market

When you’re interested in buying food that is short-travelled and straight from the farm, you can’t go wrong by visiting the local farmers market on the weekends. Talk to them and ask them about their growing practices, figure out what food is in season now, and try to buy the kind of food they’d have a lot of during the different seasons.

You could try to grow your own produce as well to make it as short-travelled as possible. Check out this article to learn how to grow the easiest ones, first of all, and work your way up from there.

It’s a good idea to plant a few inside herbs, by the way, if you have a sunny kitchen. It will be one of the most organic and short-travelled food you’d eat, and the aromas from the herbs will also work as a natural pesticide in your home.

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