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Thursday 26 April 2018
26 April 2018 - NEWS UPDATE
Green Living

How to maintain your home the green way

There are enough wasteful things in the world, especially when it comes to renovating your home. Painters, plasterers, waste disposal experts, removal companies, gardeners and hundreds of other services are vital to getting your house up to scratch – but most of them will leave a carbon footprint the size of that monster from Harry and the Hendersons.

It’s not a problem you’ll consider in the large majority of circumstances. Trapped in the rat race of the housing market, all you want is a property that can reach its maximal market potential, one that even the Joneses couldn’t keep up with. But being the pride of your local community involves a lot more than having a finely cut lawn and an opulently designed lounge. Now, you’ve got to be eco-friendly.

Whether you’re renovating your house or simply maintaining it, staying green has to start with the services you use. With that in mind, we’ve thought up a few titbits of advice to help you locate green companies and services that’ll keep your house looking astounding.

Ditch those pests

Although you’re trying to be eco-friendly, that doesn’t mean you can allow pests to infect your home for fear of knocking the natural equilibrium of the eco-system out of kilter.

Pests like rats and insects will cause a lot more bother than they’re worth when stampeding through your home, creating illness, chewing through your cables and leaving droppings in every room. At the same time, you shouldn’t hire any old pest control services willy nilly. Instead, look for a company that can dispose of unsightly critters cleanly and effectively.

Some companies have hi-tech methods of making sure pests won’t bother you again – and they don’t have to pollute the environment to do it. Hunt around and you’ll find the perfect company for you.

The net is your friend

Since the dawn of the internet – which has been around for so long that even the phrase ‘dawn of the internet’ now seems dated – customer review sites have had cowboy builders and dodgy painter and decorators running scared. If you do a bad job, you’ll be listed on the net, named and shamed like someone being tarred and feathered in the medieval period.

And customer review sites could also give you some insight into the eco-friendliness of the contractor you might employ. Scour review sites for the green credentials of your contractors. This’ll give you peace of mind that you’re not harming the environment with your consumer choices.

This is only the tip of the (rapidly melting) iceberg when it comes to eco-conscious decisions regarding your home. If you’ve got any more, let us know in the comments below.
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