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Eco-friendly additions to your rural real estate

By Claire Briggs

If you live in rural real estate and want to make some eco-friendly adjustments to your home, the good news is that some measures may be less expensive than you think.
Whether you’re hoping to carry out a complete overhaul of your home or just put a few cost-effective plans in place, going green can be as easy as you make it.
Take a look at these top tips and you could be doing your bit for the environment in no time at all.

Only choose green appliances

There comes a time when most household appliances will need to be replaced, so why not do your research and choose the most energy efficient models available?
Most modern day appliances come with an energy rating to make this as easy as possible. Generally speaking, the greater the number of stars, the more efficient the product will be.
You can also look online for information to help you make educated choices.

Replace light bulbs

When was the last time you changed your light bulbs to more efficient versions? If you’re still relying on traditional globes then you need to think about swapping them out for modern day alternatives.
Light bulb technology has come a long way over recent years, so you could find that this simple change has a real impact on your electricity bills in the long run.

Invest in a water butt

If you’re an avid gardener and often find yourself reaching for the watering can during the warmer months of the year, you might benefit from investing in a water butt.
This attaches to your drainpipe and collects any rainwater, meaning you can use it for tasks around the garden, as well as cleaning your car or even your windows. The best part is that the water is free, so you don’t have to rely on your household connection.

Go solar

Solar panels have become a feature of many rural properties over recent years and while they require a big initial outlay, they can bring down the cost of energy in the long run.
Panels mounted on your roof will harness the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Some providers will pay you for energy that’s pumped back into the grid, so it could make good economic sense if you do your sums properly.

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