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With a few simple eco home upgrades, you can make your home healthier and more sustainable. A healthier home is a happier home, plus you’ll save on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint as well. You can start to reduce your energy consumption at home and your impact on the environment by introducing smart appliances and eco-windows. You can even brighten up the place with a touch of greenery. Here are five eco-friendly upgrades for a healthier home.

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Eco-friendly windows

Eco Windows are much more energy-efficient than normal windows. It’s necessary to upgrade to material and glazing that will provide more insulation and work with the natural light so that you can save on both lighting and heating. Be sure to update all glass panes in your home to double glazing or even triple glazing, to reduce heat loss and provide better insulation for your home. 

Wooden, uPVC and aluminum are the best materials to use for sustainability and durability. In order to reduce emissions, and save money on your energy bills it’s a good idea to upgrade your window frames to these materials. 

A touch of greenery

Nothing enhances wellbeing more than plants or flowers. Plants help to reduce air pollution and help to refresh the atmosphere. They are also proven to improve your mood and to create a relaxing and welcoming environment. There are plenty of low maintenance options if you’re not naturally green-thumbed. 

What used items around your house can you turn into a vase or a plant pot? Getting in touch with nature a little bit can be very therapeutic indeed, so make the most of any outdoor space you might have. You can start by setting up window boxes or a herb garden.

Even if you don’t have a garden, there are lots of great options for indoor plants in your healthier home.

Go smart

Consider upgrading all your electrical appliances to smart models with the option to be controlled remotely. These will be much more energy-efficient and better for the environment. Newer models of things like washing machines and dishwashers not only reduce your energy consumption but are also much more stylish and work better in general. 

The majority of modern appliances will automatically have the option to be controlled from a device or smartphone. Your heating and electricity can also be monitored using a single app. You can save money on your bills by switching off from afar.

This means that you aren’t wasting energy by leaving them on standby if you need to go out.

A good electrical contractor such as PNP Electrical should be able to help with this.

Sustainable materials

For larger-scale renovations, opt for more natural environmentally friendly materials such as stone, marble, and reclaimed wood. These always create a timeless design and will last you much longer. It’s more common nowadays to look for a more permanent option and this is also better for the environment. 

Create a healthy atmosphere with natural floorings such as sisal or jute rugs and recycled carpet. These are trending at the moment.

Upcycling

You can also upcycle many items and repurpose them. This can apply to fabrics, furniture, and smaller household objects. You can even swap materials and used furniture with friends. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

It can be a fun and creative way to add a personal touch and it won’t cost much. There are plenty of cool ideas online for inspiration involving simple household objects. When you’re done you can invite friends over to see your efforts and your healthier home.

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