Having a completely green house is sometimes difficult to achieve, if you don't start from scratch, but you can encourage yourself to create a sustainable home by starting small, following these simple steps. Being green is not only good for the environment, It is also profitable for the pocket, as we saw in the posts on lighting and heating. These ideas of Leroy Merlin help you to be ecofriendly and reduce the carbon footprint, while saving money.
Taps with flow limiter and energy saving
An excellent way to reduce the water bill at home is to install an aerator right in the tap. This piece mix water with air and reduce consumption by up to 50%, in addition to avoiding splashes. Another possibility is the taps with a double position handle, which have an opening stop in the middle of the path and that prevents 50% of the flow from leaving (although if pressed on it, it allows 100% of the water to pass through).
Thermostatic faucets keep the water temperature constant and take less time to heat than the traditional ones, so they not only save water (it is not wasted waiting for it to come out hot), but also energy because the boiler takes the heat right away.
Eco paints of plant substances and water
Your walls and ceilings can also be more ecological with paints made with plant substances and which, unlike conventional ones, in their composition do not include petroleum derivatives or synthetic products. In addition to preserving the environment, because they are Biodegradable, take care of your health: they do not contain heavy metals and they do not emanate toxic components. As its base is water and they do not include solvents, when you paint with them there will not be that smell similar to the glue that other paintings give off.
Deposits to reuse rainwater as irrigation
If your house has a garden, opt for rain deposits that take advantage of rainwater to irrigate with it the lawn, trees, flowers or a small garden, which helps to protect the environment and reduce irrigation spending. These containers collect the water that accumulates in the gutters and downspouts.
The tanks have a capacity of between 210 and 3,000 liters, and are made of green polyethylene, with different shapes so that they adapt to all spaces. There are different ways of coupling them according to the needs, but yes, always better try to put them in a place that gives the shadow.
Ecofriendly certified woods
To contribute to the conservation of forests, use certified wood products for floors and wall coverings, furniture, windows, doors ... How do you know if they are really ecological? It is indicated on the label: it shows the seals of the FSC and PEFC certifications, which guarantee that they have their origin in well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.
Your own fertilizer for plants
Making your own subscription is another way to turn your home into a sustainable home and it is very simple with domestic composters: you save organic waste (dried leaves of the garden, traces of vegetables, eggshell and cardboard, for example), you put them in the composter alternating layers of dry and fresh waste, remove them with an aerator until it is full, you throw a decomposition accelerator and When you see that it smells like earth and its appearance is homogeneous, you will have your own composting.
The smaller the pieces of organic matter, the faster it will decompose and the sooner you will get the fertilizer. So to shred the remains of wood, pruning and litter and accelerate the process Use a biotrirurador.
These are just some proposals to live in an ecological home, on the website of Leroy Merlin you find many more with detailed information and tips for placement.
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