Reducing the Carbon Footprint in Your Home


With climate change at the forefront of people’s minds, more and more people are opting for eco-friendly products for their home, reducing their carbon footprint and making the world a better place one item at a time.

Recycle and Reuse

One of the most effective ways to help the environment is to re-use and recycle as much as possible. If you’re looking for a new furniture piece, heading to the local charity to see what treasures you can uncover is a great way to be environmentally friendly.

eBay and Gumtree are also great ways to find a second-hand piece of furniture at a bargain price. Many items can be upcycled to look brand new and fit your interior style. Similarly, if you’re replacing furniture, complete the cycle by selling or donating the pieces.

Choose Paint Wisely

When it comes to painting your home, choose a paint that is chemical-free or that has low VOC (volatile organic compounds) contents. VOC can release toxins into your homes for years after the paint has been applied, which is not only bad for the environment but for health too. More and more paint companies are making paint with a lower VOC, just look for “low-VOC” on the label.

Decorate with Plants

Decorate your home with house plants. House plants are natural humidifiers, soaking up any harmful toxins and pollutants, purifying your air. You and your home will be better for it, so why not add some to every room in the home.

Invite the Natural Light In

Having the right lighting in a home can make a huge difference to the feel of a room. If your homes foundation allows, consider knocking out smaller windows to create larger windows. Add double or triple glazing to the windows to help keep the heat in during the winter, saving on your energy bill.

Free your windows from heavy curtains or blinds that are blocking out the beautiful light from the outside and consider plantation shutters. Shutters keep privacy in the home while still letting in the natural light.

For more information on the eco-friendly benefits of plantation shutters or to book your free no obligation in-house survey, call Totally Shutters today on 0203 960 6963. All plantation shutters come with a 5-year guarantee.

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