Sunday, 12 March 2017

4 Environmentally Sound Solutions For Your Backyard Or Garden

Nowadays, people are talking more and more about the environment and how to protect it. Everybody has to do their part. 


If you have a large home or large family, you probably realise how much natural resources are used. In fact, we are all much more conscious of how we use natural resources these days. Luckily in this day and age, there are many ways to be environmentally friendly.  As well as helping to save the planet you can also save yourself money, so it's a win-win situation all round.

If you have a garden or backyard you can utilise it in a positive way to be more environmentally sound. Here are my top 4 tips that will help you do it.

Solar Panels



Instead of using energy from your local supplier why don’t you create that same energy yourself?

Today, many governments have tax breaks and subsidies for homeowners that have decided to install solar panels. This comes as a no surprise given how much you can unburden the local authority by having a self-sustainable household. Solar panels can be installed on your roof or can be ground mounted in your backyard.

Besides the fact that this is good for the country, it is also good for your wallet. Solar panel prices have dropped significantly due to the increased competition on the market. After the initial outlay, in the long run, it can save you a lot of money. Things get even better when you realise how often the price of electricity increases in a decade.

Gardening



Planting fruit and vegetables is something that is common if you live in the country. However, due to the recent crisis, we have seen a surge of urban agriculture. Homeowners living in the cities are often constricted by high living prices. So why not make a vegetable garden?

Gardens are great because they allow you to control the entire growing process ensuring that your family eats the highest quality fruits and vegetables. Also, it is much cheaper and you will always have the freshest produce on hand any time of day. If you live in a flat you can always create a herb garden which can be grown on your windowsill or enquire about an allotment in your area.

Water Conservation

People can go to great lengths while trying to conserve water. Some of them will rarely flush or decide to constantly recycle it making sure that every drop counts.

One of the best water conservation approaches comes in a form of water tanks and barrels.

These two methods allow you to harness rainwater and use it either for yourself or for your garden. While barrels are a cheaper solution, the best results are made by installing a water tank.

Water tanks are in-ground tanks that store rainwater and then, with a water pump, this water is distributed throughout the house. Like panels, such pump products are a great way to become autonomous and reduce bills.

Planting Trees 


In urban areas, every tree counts.

If you don’t like the idea of having a garden or if it sounds too much of a hassle, you can always decide to start planting trees.

Trees have a two-fold effect: they can bear fruit and they can increase the quality air in the neighbourhood. Given the increased pollution in the urban areas, this mentality will only become more popular as the time goes by.

Conclusion

Backyards and gardens give you so many options. They are a perfect place for planting fruit, vegetables and trees and they can definitely be used to make your household self-sustainable, and that is what we should all be aiming for.

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7 comments

  1. I would love to have a veg plot in our garden but I'm never very successful with the things I plant!

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    1. I have to admit, I'm not the best gardener either but some veg are easier to grow than others, maybe have a try.

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  2. Would love solar panels. Sadly subsidies have been slashed in recent years and it's not really a goer for us.

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  3. I'm so lucky as I live as part of a large community and we have loads of projects that are super eco. Our energy comes from a biomass, our water from a bore hole and we compost everything too. Mich x

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    1. That sounds super interesting Mich, your community sounds fantastic.

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  4. I'd love solar panels, but I'm worried about the cost. I do have a large vegetable plot though and I am planning to put in a water butt.

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