With the current climate crisis on everyone’s minds, it’s no surprise that homeowners are looking for new and creative ways to make their homes more sustainable.
While we can all make an effort to switch of lights and recycle where we can, but there are a few, more permanent changes you can make to lower the carbon footprint of your home.
A great place to start is the garden! These outdoor spaces are already a hotspot for local wildlife, so why not make a few additional changes to really improve your garden’s eco-friendliness?
1. Using eco-friendly materials
Whether you’re making a few small design changes or re-designing your garden completely, choosing eco-friendly materials and installation methods is a great way to make your garden better for the environment long-term.
You can use locally sourced garden furniture, accessories, plants and features to help keep your carbon footprint small. Larger features like patios and decking can me made using sustainable materials.
A great example of this is composite decking, which is created using a mixture of recycled post-production plastics and wood fibers meaning you’re not contributing to the mass production of garden materials to re-design your garden!
2. Growing your own food
One of the easiest ways to make your garden more eco-friendly is to start growing your own food. Growing food at home helps you become more self-sustainable, meaning you’ll be buying less food from the supermarkets.
The distance that food travels to get to the supermarket & the plastic packaging it’s usually wrapped in are bad for the environment, sourcing more of your food from your own garden is a much more sustainable option!
In addition, you’ll be saving money and making healthier lifestyle choices – unlike mass produced food, organic homegrown fruits and vegetable aren’t exposed to chemicals or pesticides, which can also be very damaging to the environment.
3. Switching to solar lights
Have you ever sat down and worked out how much electricity your garden currently uses? You might be surprised at the amount of electricity that’s being used outside! Electric water features and garden lights use quite a bit of power.
A great way to reduce the amount of electricity your garden uses is to switch to solar powered features, this way, they’d be drawing power from a natural source rather than consuming power from the national grid!
This is a great way to lower your energy costs and improve the eco-friendliness of your garden.
You could even take this idea a step further and install solar panels on the roof of your home, this would allow you to harness the sun to power features in your garden & home.
So there you have it, a few simple ways to make your garden more eco-friendly. By making a few changes in your home and garden, you can have a significant impact on the environment for years to come!