The Grass Isn’t Greener On The Other Side! Green, Eco- Friendly Improvements For Your Home

Something that buyers are looking for more and more are properties that are eco-friendly. This is a trend that’s set to continue and become an increasingly important feature. Making your home greener means it’s kinder to the environment which is great, and on the plus side it makes your property more desirable and valuable. This is always useful, whether you plan on selling it or not. Here are some of the ways you can

Good Quality Windows

Double or even triple glazed windows will make your home much more energy efficient. Every time you put the heating on, it’s not simply escaping. Since power companies burn fossil fuels, every time you waste heat it means these fossil fuels are damaging the environment for no good reason. It also means that you’re paying over the odds on your fuel bills too. If your windows are due for an upgrade, go with the most energy efficient versions you can find. Triple glazing is something to consider, although it’s costly to fit it will save money on energy in the long run. If you don’t have the funds available to make such a large purchase, a home equity loan could be an option. This allows you to use some of the value in your home to borrow money- and can be worth it since this is then being invested back into the property.

Eco Friendly Improvements For Your Home

Loft and Wall Insulation

As with the windows, if every time you heat your home, it’s escaping through the walls and loft it’s bad for both your wallet and the environment. There are many government schemes offering free loft insulation, do some research and see if you qualify. If not, paying a company to come out and do it is your best bet. Insulation will be added to your loft to prevent heat escaping through the roof. Cavity wall insulation involves filling the gap between the internal and external walls with an insulating material.

Solar Panels

Another way to make your home kinder to the environment, reduce your bills and use less power generated by fossil fuels is to have solar panels installed. Solar power is completely renewable meaning they’re a green option. In the last couple of years, a record-breaking number solar panels were installed each day around the world making the fastest growing electricity source. You can get on board and do your bit simply by having some panels installed on your roof, and it’s something that all homeowners can do. Again in some areas you might be entitled to free or reduced solar panels due to government incentives so find out what’s available to you. Solar panels are

Water Well

Just like gas and electricity companies, water companies burn fossil fuels which are bad for the environment. Sanitising water and making it safe to drink requires using a lot of power. You can avoid this and do your bit for the environment, as well as make you home more eco-friendly by having your own water well installed in your garden. Water from a private well is safe to drink, as it will not have been contaminated with any surface water. On the plus side, it also doesn’t contain fluoride and other chemicals that are added to mains water meaning it’s a healthier option. You’ll need to have the water quality assessed every year to check that everything is ok but aside from that it’s completely hassle free. It means you don’t have to worry about things like hosepipe bans since your water isn’t coming from the mains supply.

Eco-Friendly Renovations

If you’re thinking of renovating your home, there are a number of ways you can be kinder to the environment. First is to use recycled materials. Look online to see if anyone is getting rid of anything in your local area, not only is this more eco-friendly than buying new but it will also save you some money as well. Secondly, recycle any materials you no longer need. If you’re knocking down walls, for example, someone else might be able to make use of the bricks for hardcore or filling in a hole in their garden. Using environmentally friendly paints, those with low VOC levels is another thing you could consider. These don’t release volatile chemicals that damage the environment and ozone layer, so is another small way to do your bit. The more people choose these kinds of products; the more demand is created for them. So opting for the environmentally friendly versions of things is better long term too.

ActionFly LED Night Light Review | Smart Night Light With Sensor

My family does  a lot of camping in the desert with no hookups so that means at night when the generator is off, it’s pitch dark. One problem I’ve continually encountered on these trips is literally tripping over things in the middle of the night when I get up to use the bathroom or help one of my kids with something.

The light switches are tricky in the trailer and I hate fumbling around in the dark waking others up. A night light with sensor was exactly what I needed.

This night light can be switched off and on OR put on auto mode so that it turns on when it senses motion. It seems to have a good level of sensitivity and doesn’t just randomly go on by itself like some do. It’s only gone on when I’ve actually moved by it.

It comes with a little two sided mounting tape that is sufficient to stick it where ever you need it. I’m keeping mine in my trailer on the door outside of the bathroom so as soon as I get near it, the way will be lit for me! It can be placed anywhere you need it though and since it’s battery operated the options are endless as you aren’t limited to outlet location.

Since it only stays lit when you are in the range of ten feet of it, you don’t have to worry about the battery being wasted since it shuts itself off after fifteen seconds. This is especially helpful at night when I just need it for a minute and don’t want to have to fumble around to switch it off and on.

While I prefer a plug in night light for my house to save batteries, the ActionFly LED Night Light is ideal for our trailer!


Product Description

Human body induction, Practical and convenient: Without frequent switch lights, as long as the human body enters the sensoring range,automatic light.
Automatic sensing: the light will activate when you get within 10 feet of it, and will shut down 15 seconds after you move out of its sensing range
Light induction, energy saving: When the environment reaches s certain intensity, induction lamp automatically shut down , more energy saving and environment protection.
Simple installation: With a detachable back plate featuring adhesive pads, you can easily change the batteries and keep your light on the wall or shelf
Battery Operated: requires 3 x AA batteries (not included)

ICKY STICK – Toilet Ring Remover Review

My Thoughts

Toilets, cleaning them and everything about them is icky so this Icky Stick is appropriately named in my opinion!

Cleaning the toilet is probably my least favorite job in the house and with a family of five, I have to do it often! I like to clean it before it really needs it so I’m not as grossed out. But to truly put this product to the test, I let it go for a week to get the full effect of the before and after. I did actually take pictures but I just can’t bring myself to post pics of my dirty toilet!

The Icky Stick is actually a pumice stone and as soon as I saw it I thought, why hasn’t someone thought of this before? Pumice stone is known to naturally remove hard stains and residue so why not for the toilet?

This was super easy to use. I just dipped it in the water first as instructed and then scrubbed the stain right off. I literally removed the ring in less than a minute! I was literally excited about this! I did both of our toilets so quickly with minimal scrubbing.

The only bummer is how quickly the stick gets used up. I cleaned both our toilets and probably used a quarter of the Icky Stick so it won’t last long. But at $5.49 for one, that’s just a little over a dollar a cleaning for two toilets which is still cheaper than the expensive cleaners I usually use and with NO chemicals. AND the effects last longer. I cleaned with it over a week ago and still don’t even see the beginning of a new ring.

The Icky Stick is a miracle in a stick and I will never go back to using regular toilet bowl cleaners again!

Product Description

…. “What the heck is an ICKY STICK?… and how can this be more effective than the chemicals under my sink?…. “ Easy, this actually works and doesn’t harm the environment in the process. If you have rust, hard water, calcium and/or mildew rings around your toilet bowl, then the ICKY STICK is for you! With just a little bit of water, you can gentle rub away all types of rings and stains instantly. The ICKY STICK is 100% natural pumice and works great even on porcelain toilets. But that’s not all…. 😉 It works on pools and hot tubs too for removing unsightly stains and marks. Ditch the brush & chemicals and try an ICKY STICK! Check out the fun video that basically showcases what “men” do when trying to clean and how hard they make the simplest task:

6 Piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensils Set Review

My Thoughts

We have a nice set of Non-Stick Pans that I love BUT the downside is that you can’t use any metal utensils on it or it’ll scratch off the non stick surface. Had I realized this at the time, we probably wouldn’t have bought them. Now I have to use utensils that won’t scratch but it seems like the plastic ones always melt and the wood ones chip and splinter. Neither are good options! I was eager to try the Bamboo Kitchen Utensils since they aren’t supposed to have either problem!

These utensils are made from Bamboo which is hard and not supposed to warp or crack. AND additionally is a renewable resource so they are green utensils! I was ready to put them to the test.

I have used nothing else since getting them almost a month ago. I use them to cook daily and run them through the dishwasher too. They have been really durable and resistant to my abuse! I’ve even left them in the pan a few times which usually results in warping and splintering in my other wood-non-bamboo set. Not these! They look the same as the first day I got them.

I like that I have something that protects the investment we made on our expensive pans and is environmentally friendly. I also really like the way they look. I’m an outdoorsy woodsy type of girl so I love the style. I also appreciate when a set comes with multiple things because it’s much more cost effective than buying them all separately!

The 6 piece Bamboo Kitchen Utensil Set stood up to my abuse and have served me well! I threw away my melted plastic ones and splintered and warped wood ones and now use only these! Since they come with each type that I need, I’m all set!

Product Description

Bamboo Style’s® Premium Bamboo 6 Piece Cooking Kitchen Utensil Gadget Set (Spoon, Spatula, Fork, Slotted Spoon, Slotted Spatula, Single Hole Spoon.

Eco-Friendly Resource. Durable Moso Bamboo Kitchen Accessories. Moso Bamboo – Harder than Maple Wood!

Durable 6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Gadget Set That Won’t Crack Or Warp or Scratch Your Cooking Equipment – Or Your Money Back!

Are you looking for a complete kitchen utensil set for all your cooking needs, that won’t hurt the environment? Want to add that natural look to your kitchen? Do you want new kitchenware that is stylish, effective and eco-friendly?

There’s nothing worse than buying a new kitchen utensil set only to find out the tools are made from low quality materials that only break and become useless in a few weeks.

Fortunately, our premium bamboo range use only high-quality hard Moso bamboo that is compressed so won’t warp and crack. Our products are FDA tested too. This ensures they contain no nasty chemicals, so that you can be confident in serving your family and friends a meal that is purely your own ingredients. We guarantee no warping or cracking or your money back!

Benefits of Bamboo Styles 6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set

-Durable Moso Bamboo
-15% Stronger than Maple and 33% Lighter than Oak
-Easy to Clean & Maintain
-Natural Bamboo with No Dyes or Colors
-FSC Certified – To Ensure Sustainable and Ethical Harvesting
-Doesn’t Scratch Pans and Pots
-Renewable Resource
-Anti-Bacterial Properties