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6 ways to make your home and life more eco-friendly

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Carre de Sol, Palma Eclectic style balcony, veranda & terrace by 4D Studio Architects and Interior Designers Eclectic
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4D Studio is known as a leading firm specialising in architecture and interior design. Deluxe, upmarket homes might be its main speciality, yet the company consists of an exciting collection of highly qualified professionals that are equally committed to every client and incoming project. Located in London (yet flaunting a portfolio detailing a number of projects successfully completed overseas), 4D Studio can be contacted for a wide variety of services including residential architecture, interior design, new builds, renovations, extensions, and much more.  

Today, we rely on the visuals of some of 4D Studio’s past projects to help guide us on proper ways to make a home more eco-friendly. It’s certainly great news that more and more people are embracing greener lifestyles in 2020, especially since it can help both the environment and one’s pocket! 

1. Get serious about saving water

The word ‘sustainability’ is often used in relation to energy consumption, but what about water usage? Living an eco-friendly life means taking a holistic approach, so get serious about fixing any leaks around your house.

Next, look where you can make more changes to saving water. That tap doesn’t need to run while you’re brushing your teeth, for example! 

2. Install a smart meter

Heating is one of the biggest ways in which we use energy. And we know how tempting it can be, especially during winter, to leave that heating on for longer than we need to. 

The best way to combat this is to install a smart meter which can be programmed to switch on at certain times, like just before you arrive home. 

3. Opt for energy-efficient bulbs

More efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) are the better alternatives to older, incandescent bulbs. And yes, you can install these in any room in your house. 

Energy-efficient light bulbs have been around for quite some time, yet it has taken a while for a lot of people to accept this idea. In the end, though, it really makes a lot of sense to make the switch, as energy-efficient bulbs use less electricity, last longer, and ultimately make quite a difference on those monthly energy bills. 

4. Look towards natural cleaning products

Why dump harmful chemicals into our water supply? Yes, we understand that sometimes one has to reach for the extra-harsh cleaning components, but in the majority of cases they are not necessary at all. For most day-to-day cleaning tasks, natural products like vinegar, citric acid from citrus fruits, and bicarbonate of soda can be a great alternative! 

5. Create your own compost

The Americans have been doing it for decades! Turning kitchen scraps and leftover food into compost is one of the most impressive ways of recycling and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Simply place a compost bin in your garden and fill it with any food waste.

6. Chat to the experts

Of course every home (and inhabitants’ lifestyles) is different, and one list of eco-friendly features might not work for another. That’s why it’s important to speak to sustainability consultants who can provide you with the best tips and ideas on how best to make your home (and life) more eco-friendly in 2020.

Since we’re all about recycling and sustainability, we present Don’t lose it, reuse it: 3 unique upcycled furniture items to inspire you!  

Will you be committing to any of these tips to make your home more eco-friendly this year?
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