How to Make the Exterior Your Home Eco-Friendly

Today, everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of eco-friendly practices in and around the home. Whether they’re looking at renewable energy sources or they’re starting to do more recycling, there are hundreds of ways everyone can do their bit for the environment.

However, when it comes to the exterior of your property, there are a number of eco-friendly ways you can reduce your carbon footprint, while also reducing your energy bills in the process.

Putting Motion Detectors or Timers on Outdoor Lights

If you’ve got lights at the back or side of your home, it’s a good idea to install motion sensors. This will turn the lights on when you need them, so you don’t need to have them all night. They also add security to your property, as anyone who’s trying to sneak around the property will be alarmed when the lights switch on.

Equally, if you don’t want to install motion sensors and would rather have lights on all night, why not install a timer? This will turn your lights on and off for you, so it doesn’t matter if you forget to switch them off in the morning.

Creating a Roof Garden

Thanks to companies like Burton Roofing, there are now a number of easy kits available that allow you to install roof gardens with ease. With sedum plants and beautiful wild flowers, you can create a luscious roof system that will add an additional feature to your home. As they come readymade, you don’t need to worry about getting your green fingers out, plus, they’re incredibly low maintenance once they’re installed.

These types of roof gardens don’t just look good and add more greenery to the environment, but they also help to insulate your home, too.

Having a Compost Area

If you’re an avid gardener, you’ll know how important it is to keep your plants well fed. Therefore, creating your own compost is a great way of recycling unwanted coffee grounds, garden rubbish and food, while keeping your plants healthy in the process.

All you need to do is create an area for your compost before chopping down all the rubbish until it starts to look like dark soil. This process can take some time (around 3 to 12 months) but when it’s done, you’ll have your homemade compost that will keep your garden looking fabulous for longer!

Clay Miller
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I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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