You’re desire for some garden innovation – but what of the environmental impact? Under every major renovation is the cost to our eco-system. It’s a price that’s making an increasing number of people uncomfortable. There’s smog on the streets, fracking threatening the countryside and pressure groups denying the existence of climate change. Do you want to be part of the problem? With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few renovations to your garden decor that won’t increase your carbon footprint. Try a few of these, and it won’t just be your grass that’s green.
Give Your Garden an Eco-Makeover
Let there be light
You might not instantly think of a conservatory as eco-friendly, but it will slash your carbon footprint in the long run. In the summer a conservatory will act as a suntrap, sending heat wafting through your house. In the winter it will provide an extra layer to protect you from the cold, keeping the freeze at arm’s length and saving you on heating bills. The average conservatory will cost you a few thousand dollars, but the benefits far outweigh the cost. Enjoy your glass paradise in the summer – knowing all the while that your carbon footprint is plummeting.
A toast to compost
Where does the muck and the dirt and the crusty remnants of food go in your home? If the answer is “straight in the bin”, then you’re missing a trick. Compost bins are great for the environment, finally giving your waste some purpose. Fill your bin with leaves, mud, twigs, leftover food (although don’t use meat – it’ll turn toxic) and almost anything that you have on hand. Be sure to layer different types of mulch – the mixture of different chemicals will improve the veracity of your compost. Once you’re done, you’ll have healthy compost to top-off your soil whenever it’s weakened.
Solar panels always get a bad rap – mainly from energy companies who don’t benefit from their customers using them. Panels have, however, been consistently dropping in price over the past few years. They’ve moved from expensive and impractical to affordable and doable. Admittedly, users in the grey skies locations might find the power they gain is minimal. But in the summer, panels are an effective auxiliary power source to slice your energy bills.
Water, away from your pipes
We all waste more water than we’d like to admit. Giving your toilet that pointless second flush, keeping your taps running as you do the washing up, etc. However, doing the same thing in your garden is unnecessary. Instead, collect rainwater in a bucket and use your collection to water your plants. You’ll be using natural resources to give your garden a natural lease of life. And all without poisoning the atmosphere.
There are small, easy steps you can incorporate into your everyday life that will yield big returns. In addition to saving money, you will be doing your part to conserve, reuse, and lessen your environmental impact.