5 easy ways to go green in rented housing

There are many simple ways you can be more sustainable and environmentally friendly. We’ve gathered 5 top tips to help you on your journey to creating a greener home.

energy saving bulb

Save money and the environment

1) Not using it? Turn it off!

It’s easy to forget to turn off lights, TV’s, gaming consoles and all the other gadgets you have around the house. One of the easiest ways to save money and stay green is to simply switch things off. Leaving things like the TV on standby overnight will waste money and energy. If you’re a bit forgetful or your housemates need a reminder, attach a sticky note near the items you can switch off to make sure you don’t forget.

2) Get green lights

Energy-saving light bulbs are a great way to save money and do your bit for the environment. They are a low-cost change to make and readily available – so there’s no excuse! Remember to check the fitting you need or bring the old bulbs with you when you’re out shopping. 

3) Keep it cosy

Draughts from gaps in doors can make it feel colder. A simple way to keep in the heat is to make your own draught-excluder. You can do this by stuffing an old pair of tights with things like newspaper or old bedding. Tie up the ends then place it at the source of the draught. You could get even more creative by following this guide: How to make a draught-excluder

Here’s another guide worth mentioning that’s useful for the winter months from Green Renters:  How to insulate your pipes

4) Find Green Energy providers

It’s more common for energy providers to offer eco-packages or and find independent green energy providers. This means they try to supply their energy from green sources where possible. Sites such as Green Electricity can help you find and compare a more environmentally friendly supplier: Compare Green Energy providers

5) Simple ways to save water

It’s easy to use more water than you really need to. There are many simple actions you can make such as: getting a shower instead of a bath and avoiding leaving taps running. Local water providers like Yorkshire Water have many more useful tips and free water-saving packs you can order for your home.

Visit Yorkshire Water and find out how to save water

Tweet us and share your efforts to stay green @spaceprops or visit us on Facebook.

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