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How can I reduce my home's waste?

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You might not think minimising the waste in your home is too much of a big deal, but what if we tell you taking some simple steps to improve your home's efficiency will actually save you money? We thought that might get your attention!

Interior designers are consistently trying to create homes that are efficient and easy to run, but there are some things you can do yourself to make a less wasteful and more productive home a doddle to maintain. 

Are you ready to cut your home's waste? Then let's begin!

1. Convert to paperless billing

Industrial office Desk:  Study/office by swinging monkey designs
swinging monkey designs

Industrial office Desk

swinging monkey designs

If you opt for paperless billing for all your utilities, not only will you dramatically cut down on the paper waste in your home, you'll also get a financial bonus as most companies offer a reduction in costs for email-only billing.

2. Buy more from thrift stores

Oakhill Court, Putney:  Bedroom by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Oakhill Court, Putney

Ardesia Design

The idea of buying less can be a little daunting, especially if you love shopping. However, try visiting a few thrift and charity shops as you never know what bargains you'll find. 

A couple of elbow patches here and there and you could have a designer-chic wardrobe for far less money!

3. Set your fridge on a lower setting

 Kitchen by STUDIO Z

Built-In Fridge and Pantry


Your kitchen is a room that always seems to generate a lot of waste, but energy-efficiency is easily done.

Set your fridge to run on a lower setting and move it away from the wall to improve air flow and you'll see the impact on your electricity bills.

4. Use your freezer more

Tudor Handpainted Kitchen:  Kitchen by Sculleries of Stockbridge
Sculleries of Stockbridge

Tudor Handpainted Kitchen

Sculleries of Stockbridge

In addition to running your fridge more effectively, you can use your freezer more.

If you notice food is about to go out of date (particularly fresh produce), prepare it and put it in the freezer to use later. You'll hardly ever have to throw food out again.

5. Use cloth napkins

 Dining room by homify

Hand Woven Linen Napkins or Placemats


Paper napkins might seem like a great idea, as you can use them once and throw them out, but cloth napkins are far more efficient. 

You'll only need to buy them once and you can wash with your clothes and get them good as new.

6. Learn what you can actually recycle

55 litre rectangular pedal bin  with liner pocket:  Kitchen by simplehuman

55 litre rectangular pedal bin with liner pocket


If you don't know what you can and can't recycle, how can you minimise your wastage? 

Your local council should be able to give you a comprehensive list of items that can be popped in your recycling bin, so get in touch and educate yourself.

7. Use apps instead of paper print outs

Wildflowers - Phone Case:  Study/office by Holly Francesca
Holly Francesca

Wildflowers—Phone Case

Holly Francesca

Things like boarding passes always used to be printed out on paper, but these days there's an app for literally everything.

Embrace a little technology and start going as paperless as you can and you'll won't be swimming any longer.

8. Buy your food shop online

If you buy your groceries online and have them delivered, you're effectively reducing your own fuel consumption and just being part of a carpool delivery system. 

You can also take your time to find the best online deals to get your freezer stocked up for far less money. Plus, if you opt for bagless deliveries, you'll enjoy a reduced cost as well!

9. Make sure your oven is properly insulated

SMEG Classic Appliances:  Kitchen by ADORNAS KITCHENS

SMEG Classic Appliances


Just because your oven gets hot enough to cook your food, it doesn't mean that it's running as efficiently as it could be. 

Check inside to make sure that your insulation is all intact and replace anything that looks like it's seen better days.

10. Swap to beeswax or soy candles

Luxury fragranced rapeseed wax candles.:  Household by Parable Designs Ltd
Parable Designs Ltd

Luxury fragranced rapeseed wax candles.

Parable Designs Ltd

Candles are wonderful for creating a warm and cosy ambience in your home, but they can burn away to nothing in an instant.

Look for more natural varieties, such as beeswax, soy or rapeseed, as these will last far longer and be far more purse-friendly. 

11. Don't leave electronics on standby

We all know we shouldn't be leaving electronics on standby, yet we all do! Switch everything off at the wall before you go to bed and you really will see a reduction in your energy wastage.

For more energy-efficiency tips, take a look at this Ideabook: Clever ways to save money on your heating at home.

How else have you made your home less wasteful?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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