Eco Friendly Living Advice

Queensberry Properties is committed to promoting environmentally friendly living, that's why careful consideration is given to each new home so as to enhance insulation and reduce waste. Here, we have also provided some tips to help our customers continue the legacy of green living.

Appliances within the home

  • Unplug appliances such as TVs, DVDs and sound systems when not in use. Even when turned off, their standby power consumes considerable energy.
  • Unplug chargers for mobile phones and laptops once the battery is full, not only should this lengthen the lifespan of the battery, it should also save you money on your electric bill.
  • Turn your computer off when it's not in use. When your computer is on but not in use, turn off the monitor, which uses at least half the computer's energy.
  • Only boil the water you need in the kettle. According to the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions, a family could run a TV set for 26 hours or light a house for a day on the electricity wasted by boiling more water than they need for one week.
  • Wash your laundry at 30ºC. Most modern washing detergents and machines are designed specifically to work on a cool wash.
  • Wait until you have a full load for the washing machine or use the half load setting if your favourite outfit can't wait.
  • Use the eco setting on your dishwasher if you have one and wait until it is full before putting it on.
  • When buying new appliances in the home, look for the ones displaying the Energy Saving Recommended logo.
  • Resist peeking in the oven constantly, you lose about 20 per cent of the heat every time you open the door.
  • Dry clothes outside wherever possible, indoor racks create moisture which add to settlement. Use the moisture sensor feature on your dryer if it has one, or select the permapress setting which uses cold air at the end of the cycle.

Heating

  • Keep your boiler serviced to ensure it maintains its quality and lasts as long as possible without problems.
  • Turn your thermostat down by 1ºC and you could cut your heating bills by up to 10%.

Lighting

  • Use energy efficient light bulbs throughout the house, these use almost 25% of the electricity needed to run ordinary bulbs and last up to ten times longer.
  • Turn lights off when you leave the room.

Water saving ideas

  • Install a water butt under your downpipe and use this to water your garden (when the sun dies down as this prevents the plants and grass being scorched).
  • Don't leave water running constantly when washing dishes, brushing your teeth or shaving.

Eco conscious shopping

  • When shopping, try to buy products that haven't been flown in from other countries and avoid bulky plastic packaging. Loose fruit and vegetables are normally cheaper too.
  • Remember your reusable shopping bags and put them back in your boot when you've unloaded your shopping so they will be to hand for the next time. Re-use plastic bags for bin liners.
  • Try to buy organic products, as well as being healthy for the family, this prevents the air from being sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilisers.

Recycle

  • Ordinary batteries contain heavy metals that contaminate soil and seep into water supplies when sent to landfill, so dispose of batteries and energy saving bulbs responsibly. If you are not sure where to deposit them, ask your local council.
  • 60% of household waste can be either recycled or composted, so recycle newspapers, aluminium cans, aerosols, plastic and glass wherever possible.

Lifestyle

  • Leave the car at home if you can and try walking, cycling or taking public transport wherever possible.
  • Consider car pooling for work or school runs.

Gardening

  • Try to incorporate wildlife elements to your garden such as bird boxes or feeders, or help endangered species such as ladybugs and bees by installing insect houses.
  • Consider installing a compost bin in your garden and you will be rewarded with a wonderful medium for growing your own veggies, fruit and flowers.