Making your home more environmentally friendly

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Ever so often I find myself lost in Pinterest gazing at pages of beautiful homes and interiors. I'm really drawn to homes like the above, full of character and colour and natural wood. I especially love that first picture with the seventies couple, sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong era (then I think of how addicted I am to modern technology and I know I'm in the right place ;)).

My dad used to work at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Machynlleth so I've always been interested in architecture that uses reusable energy and designs that utilise lighting like this sunlighthouse. There is also an eco build area round the corner from us in St Werburghs called The Yard, Bristol is really great place to live in terms of sustainable projects like this. 

When we bought our home we really wanted to use opportunity to cut our home's emissions. Unfortunately funds meant we were unable to take on big projects like this at the time but little by little we are working towards some of these changes. I would have loved to have installed underfloor as this would have cut out a lot of wasted heating from conventional radiators, certainly something we would look at in the future. My dad always goes on (and on) about insulation (sorry dad!) but it really is so important. The houses in the eco builds in Bristol use newspaper mulch called Warmcel as a cavity insulator but Another environmentally friendly substitute is British wool. Not only will this be more reduce carbon emissions but will save you on your energy bill too!

Do you have an tips for making your home more environmental friendly? 

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