It’s good to be green. Although when it comes to moving house we can sometimes overlook the effects that our actions have on the environment. Read on to find some useful tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and how to make the most use out of items you may have previously considered redundant.
Less is more. You’re going to save time, money and fuel by taking fewer things with you to your new home. There is no need for a brutal culling of the things you live with day to day, but it may be worth casting an objective eye over your belongings and weighing up their worth to you. Ask yourself if you really need that miniature ping-pong table you were given last Christmas, and would someone else benefit from that foot massager you never use? Charity is a great avenue for these items you may liberate but if you really feel like you are in possession of some dead weight, a trip to the scrap yard or local tipping ground will save you time and money on the day of the move. You don’t want to be paying for the privilege of using up extra fumes because your van is so heavy.
Change it up. If you are feeling very brave you may get rid of some very big stuff, such as your furniture. Now, this isn’t essential but do consider just how much time and money you will save not transporting your sofa and matching chair set to your new home. You’ll be pumping less harmful gases into the ozone and you may help others by donating your furniture to a local charity shop. Moving house is a chance for reinvention and you may decide that a new desk and chair would go better in your study than the one you own currently.
Don’t buy bubble wrap. It is plastic and doesn’t biodegrade. It may be fun popping tiny air bubbles but often old t-shirts, towels and dishcloths will protect your items just as well, if not better than bubble wrap. This is one of the simplest ways to protect the planet and it doesn’t cost a thing.
Made to last. Before you dash off to the supermarket pleading for spare fruit boxes, consider investing in something that you can use after the move. In the same section where you can buy packs of cardboard boxes, you can also find plastic tubs and storage containers that you can use after the move. Sure, cardboard is recyclable once you throw it away but if you invest in tubs that can slide under the bed or into a loft, you’ll save yourself the hassle of flat-packing the boxes once you’ve moved and in possession of useful items that can be used for years to come if necessary.
See into the future. Once you are packed and ready to set off, just afford yourself an extra five minutes before travelling. Check your route online and try to avoid as many traffic lights as possible. Starting and stopping the engine at crossings and junctions is an easy way to burn money and fossil fuels. If you have a radio nearby, keep it tuned in to a local station and keep an ear open for any traffic jams in your area. The last thing you want to do be doing on your eco-move is running the engine and going nowhere.
These pointers are an excellent way to start planning a move that will be kind to the environment but remember to stay creative! If there’s anything you own that can be used for another purpose just go for it and try something different. Aim to buy as little as possible for the actual purpose of moving, therefore keeping your belongings and ecological footprint to a minimum.
Guest post granted on behalf of: http://www.removalmanandvan.com/chiswick-man-and-van/W4-man-with-a-van-chiswick.html