When it comes to running a household, the amount of energy we end up wasting every month can come across as staggering.
Whether it’s leaving some light bulbs on for no reason whatsoever, or paying an arm and a leg on heating and cooling bills, the expenses of running a household can truly go haywire if you’re not willing to take the matter into your own hands.
In this article, we’re going to talk about a specific part of your household that may not be the source of all of the unnecessary expenses, but that can still be made eco-friendly if you only try doing so. We’re talking about your garden – a place where you relax, where you plant your favorite plants and shrubbery, and where many of the outdoor assets you have (such as barbeque grills, kids’ inflatable pools, etc.) will be if it’s sunny outside.
Here’s the lot.
Choosing eco-friendly materials for the garden path will make it last longer.
Plus, the garden path will end up looking prettier for it, too, probably.
The thing is, garden paths aren’t that difficult to design, but the sheer number of different choices you can go for can make coming to a decision a tad difficult.
For example, mulch and cut grass can make an excellent garden path due to their softness and the ease with which you can set them up.
On the other hand, options such as granite and other more sophisticated materials may be more expensive to set up, but their durability and the fact that you can repurpose them recommend this material to make a garden path. Another interesting thing about granite is that it comes in tiles so that you can make different arrangements according to your taste.
Whether it’s common square tiles, various mosaic tiles, or rectangular ones – you can rest assured that all of them will make one good-looking path when you set them all up together.
Of course, there’s a difference between a mulch garden path and a granite one, because with the granite one you have to do much more work to set it up. So, if you are interested in granite, but you aren’t sure if you’re up for it and don’t want to mess it up gloriously – you may want to consider hiring a professional to help you out.
A smart sprinkler system can save you plenty of water in the long run.
If you have any sort of plant life in your garden, which almost everyone who has a garden does have – you’re going to come up with a way to water the plants there.
Now, what this means is that you won't be able to get rid of the various hoses, buckets, and other hardware for as long as the summer season is around – which can be tiring and downright impossible to pull off for people who work or are often away from home for extended periods.
To battle this and save water at the same time, what you can do is install a sprinkler system to take care of this. Sprinklers will only dish out a certain amount of water at once, thus both saving this precious commodity and giving your plants the optimal amount of moisture for proper growth.
Go with solar power to save electricity.
While solar power still needs to get more advanced to be truly profitable for homes, when it comes to smaller systems that are powered through electricity, installing a couple of solar panels in your garden can be an excellent way to provide free energy for your garden’s lighting needs, so to speak.
The thing is, the garden lights aren’t necessarily the most significant energy hog in your household, so a couple of solar panels will be able to easily take care of the “energy needs” of such a lighting arrangement. You get free light all night long without having to pay a dime for electricity bills.
All in all, conserving the environment through making an eco-friendly garden can be an interesting quest to embark on in these hot summer days. As you have seen, there are multiple areas where you have space to make improvements, so if you invest a little bit of money, effort, and ingenuity, you’ll be able to turn your garden from a boring spot in your household to a smart, tech-savvy area full of greenery and life.