Interiors

Becoming more sustainable in our new home

Since moving to our forever home, we are going to try that bit harder to help the environment and become more eco-friendly. I have read so much about what we can do in our everyday to change things that over all will have a big impact on the environment. Even small things will help.

Sustainable living is finding ways to reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ on our planet. By making changes to our lifestyle will help with our carbon footprints.

basket of home grown vegetables

Becoming more sustainable

I have put together a list of 11 changes we can make in everyday life’s to live more sustainably.

  1. Grown your own. Now I understand that no-everything will be able to do this or even have the space to do so. But why not start with a tomato plant or a potato pot, which makes it nice and easy to grow your own.
  2. Walk more, I know if sound silly but by walking to the local shop or your children to school where possible really will help reduced the amount of fuel you are using, saving the planet but also your pennies.
  3. Take reusable bags with you when you do your shopping. I also take one with me, there is always one or two fold up ones in my handbag and then I keep the big blue ikea bags for the weekly food shop. I know I used to get given so many plastic bags, now I hardly have any in the house.
  4. Use refilled able water bottles. I was terrible for buying bottles of water when out and about, not just for me but also for the children. I now make sure we take our water bottles everywhere, even if it is just to do the food shopping. It saves buying the plastic bottles.
  5. Re-usable hot drinks cups. It’s not often we buy a ‘take away’ hot drink. But when we plan to do so we always take with us our thermal drinks cups. They are better for the environment but also keep out drinks nice and warm.
  6. If your able to have a low flow shower head fitted, we had one at our old house and it uses a lot less water. It pulls in more air so you feel like you are in a powerful (ish) shower yet using less water.
  7. When you need to replace items, choose things that are more energy efficient. O don’t go out and buy something that doesn’t need to be replaced. But a something is not fixable then go for the most energy efficient items possible.
  8. Make do and mend, well as much as possible. Try to see if there is a way to fix an item or up-cycle something before you consider replacing. Always try to sell an item before you just take it to the local tip.
  9. We often will leave our electrical items on ‘standby’ but by switching them off will really reduce the amount of energy you are using and also help reduce your bills.
  10. Switching to renewable energy, with some suppliers it costs slightly more but the reduced impact on the environment makes it worthwhile.
  11. Use LED bulbs, not only do they last longer they are also much more efficient.

If you are not only looking at becoming more eco friendly sustainable but also finally stable then My Money Cottage has some wonderful tips to help you out.

Do you know how to DIY?

DIY is one of those things that people seem to think that you either know how to do or you’re doomed to never understand. Plenty of people find themselves in the situation where, if some kind of DIY scenario rears its head, their first instinct is to reach out to someone else for help, whether that’s a friend, a family member, or a professional. However, that’s not necessarily the ways things need to be. The truth is that a lot of DIY tasks are not only surprisingly easy once you understand them, but also essential if you want to be able to function properly as an adult. With that in mind, here are just a few places where you could do with developing some DIY skills.

Your home

Most of us want to take the best possible care of our homes but often leave it at just the obvious stuff like keeping the place tidy and clean. However, being able to deal with some of the more significant issues is just as important. Things like patching up holes in the walls, fixing leaks in your plumbing, and rewiring plugs are all shockingly easy and quick to do once you know how and they make a huge difference to both the way your home feels and how comfortable you are in it every day.

Your car

Cars are complicated, there’s no doubt about that. Most of the issues that you may have with your car are going to need to be dealt with by a professional mechanic. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few things that you can deal with by yourself. From checking your fluid levels to being able to change a tire in an emergency to using things like pdr glue sticks for dent removal, being able to take care of your car yourself is not only going to save you money but increase your car’s lifespan as well. Just make sure that you take time and care over any job since the last thing you want is to make it worse.

Your garden

A lot of people have this assumption that you need a certain level of expertise in order to get the most out of your garden but the truth is that it’s a lot simpler to make it a pleasant space than you might think. Things, like dealing with weeds, keeping your lawn neat, and knowing when and where to plant things, might seem like they require some kind of specific skills and knowledge but they’re really very simple. It’s just a matter of being willing to actually put the effort in.

Of course, it’s important to remember that you’re DIY abilities are always going to have limits. It’s never a good idea to try and push yourself to try things that you’re not ready for. If you do you could not only make things worse but you could well end up doing yourself some actual harm. Remember that there’s nothing wrong with needing to call in professional sometimes.

Six Tips For Moving To Your New Farm

When you are moving to a new piece of land, there’s every chance that you are moving onto old farmland. Not only are you going to have a tremendous amount of renovation ahead of you, but you’re looking to move into your dream home on a vast expanse of land. When you plan to move onto an old farm, you have to think about what it means to maintain the land, whether you want to look after animals and whether you want to keep hold of the outbuildings. 

Choosing to keep hold of field shelters doesn’t mean that you’ll be taking up space, but it does mean that you could have a range of outbuildings at your disposal to renovate as you please. There’s nothing that you need to stand in the way of your dream home. Instead, you need tips to make your move as smooth as possible. Let’s go!

farm house and fields

Know the Rules

You need to know what you can and cannot keep on your new piece of land. Some farmlands have restrictions that others don’t, so think about this and make sure that you know the ins and outs with your seller before you get started.

Pick Your Movers

When you are moving to farmland, you need to choose your movers carefully. If you’re only moving the things in your house, you need a regular man and van guys who can lift boxes for you. If you have animals and farm equipment to move, then you need some livestock movers like these ones.

Know Your Costs

You have to hook up utilities when you move to your new land, and the best thing to do is to research the costs and make sure that you have everything ready for moving day. Contact all the utility companies before you get there, so you have your creature comforts ready!

Fragile Things First

Ideally, you will have packers and movers who understand the issues with transporting fragile things first. Once you are ready to move, get the fragile things moved first so that you can settle in quickly.

Pack Early

The moment that you know that you’re moving to a new area start packing. Clear the home bit by bit, packing the things you want to take into the boxes as you go. Doing this will make moving day far more structured and easy to manage, as you won’t have much left to do on the day.

Prepare To Be Safe

Farmland can be treacherous after rains and if there is a lot of equipment and old shelters laying around. On the day of the move, you should make sure that your movers can handle getting all your things in, and make sure that they’re wearing the right equipment for any large machinery – should you be moving any. 

Moving to new farmland can be exciting – and now you can be prepared for it!