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How to make your home more eco-friendly

Many of us are looking to live more sustainably, and there are many ways you can make small changes to your lifestyle that make a big difference.

But how can you make your home greener? We’ve got you covered with some top tips, and we’d love to hear if you have any other advice!

Upcycle furniture

One way to reduce some household waste when redecorating your home or purchasing a new home is by making the most of the furniture you have, and giving it a refresh.

Upcycling is a great way to recycle what you have while getting a piece of furniture that feels like new. Do you have a dining chair or armchair that is dated or not in your desired colour scheme? You could consider reupholstering it in a new fabric/pattern/colour. And if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, there are a range of companies in Aberdeen specialising in just that. Try Wendy Mortimer Upholstery or Willow Cottage in Ellon, located just 20 minutes from Grandhome.

Shop sustainably

Grocery shopping is one lifestyle habit which brings a lot of unnecessary waste into your home. By going to a refill store, you can cut out the plastic by shopping with reusable containers. Aberdeen’s Refillosophy is a refill store where you can purchase a wide variety of products from local businesses including milk, fruit, baked goods and even household goods like laundry detergent.

Pick an energy efficient home with more natural light

It seems obvious, but homes with more natural light use less electric with less need for lamps and lights. This is particularly important with a large majority of people still working from home.

The Dandara homes at Grandhome are fitted with photo voltaic panels providing supplementary low carbon generated electricity, perfect for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

CALA Homes at Grandhome also benefit from reduced gas and electricity bills thanks to better insulated and energy efficient homes. Some homes are also built with French doors leading to the garden, giving way to lots of natural light.

AJC Homes have lots of natural light flowing through the homes, as well as locally-sourced and produced fixtures like timber staircases.

Walk, walk, walk

Walking is great for our physical and mental health as well as the environment, so it really pays to live in a home within walking distance of local amenities. Grandhome is designed to be a walkable community, and once fully developed, all amenities will be within walking distance of each home. By optimising the range of local facilities over time, residents will be less car dependent than in other neighbourhoods and enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle.