The happy couple, planning on moving house in an eco-friendly way

Tips for moving house in an eco-friendly way

If you’re planning on moving, you will have a lot on your mind. From hoping that your dishes will arrive in one piece to wondering if everything else is going to play out according to your plan, it will all dwell on your mind. If you’re moving during a coronavirus lockdown, there will be even more you’ll have to think about. However, this still doesn’t mean that your move has to be an environmental hindrance. With these tips for moving house in an eco-friendly way, you’ll find out that a little effort goes a long way and that your contribution is more significant than you think.

Are moves bad for the environment?

Moving house affects the environment more than we believe. It creates a considerable amount of CO2 emissions. Also, there’s a lot of plastic consumption during relocation. Luckily, you can make an informed choice that can help your move be more eco-friendly. You’ll find out that these choices don’t need to be bad for your budget.

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House moves are not good for the environment

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Green storage

There are many environmentally friendly decisions you can make during any stage of your relocation. Even if you decide to put your belongings into storage at some point, you have options that are kind to the environment. Green storage facilities are usually well-insulated and use renewable energy from solar panels, heat pumps, or wind power. They can even have motion-sensor lights in their facilities to limit their electricity usage as much as possible.

Choose eco-friendly company

To move house in an eco-friendly way, you must choose the right moving company. Check out their eco policies for starters. One important thing to know is if they have energy-efficient vehicles and if they run on biodiesel. Also, you can ask them what they do to reduce their carbon footprint. And it doesn’t mean that cheap packers and movers can’t be eco-friendly. Ask some of the good companies you know if they do green moves, and you might get surprised.

Plan ahead

Take the time to prepare for your move and put eco-friendly measures in place. Besides decluttering, you need to have enough time to sort through the stuff you want to throw away. Prepare these items for recycling, and you’re already making a big difference. Also, start using the food you have in your fridge and freezer so you won’t have to throw away a lot of food. Instead of buying packaged food and drinks, get reusable water bottles, and prepare yourself food and drink for the moving day.

A bit of planning goes a long way
A mobile phone with a green recycling sign and mesh bag

Plan your route

Plan your route wisely – keep in mind that the shortest and cheapest routes are not always the most eco-friendly choice. Ensure that both you and your moving company use a wide, well-maintained road, as there’s a good chance it’s the most energy-efficient option. Also, try to avoid steep inclines and roads that are difficult to drive along.

Limit your trips, if possible

Before and after the moving day, there will be all kinds of errands you’ll need to run. Driving from your old home to your new one, shopping for moving supplies, it all adds up. A good plan will help you not to make any unnecessary trips. Try to run all of these errands on one go, or do it all in one day. It will not only save you money for the fuel, but it will save your time as well.

Choose the  right packing materials

All you need is some useful tips for moving and packing, and you’re good to go. In case you want to have a green move, you need to go one step further. It’s true that cardboard boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and other similar packing materials are easy to get and easy to use. However, most of these materials will end up in landfills, which is not good for the environment. What you can do is:

  • Get used cardboard boxes from a supermarket or someone who has extra as you can use them up to four times.
  • Other than not buying cardboard boxes, you can rent reusable plastic boxes.
  • Try to make sure that most materials you use are recyclable. That way, you’ll be able to pass these supplies on to someone who needs them instead of throwing them away.
  • Avoid plastic when possible. A newspaper is a good packing material for protecting your fragile items. Other options are curtains, towels, socks, or bed linen.
  • Buy eco-friendly disposable packing supplies, such as biodegradable bubble wrap.

Clean using eco-friendly products

The moving process involves a lot of cleaning. Since you need to make sure your old home is spotless before you move out, and as the same goes for your new home, you’ll need a lot of cleaning products. Choosing eco-friendly cleaning products instead of harmful chemicals is the right decision for protecting the environment. You can find them available at most grocery stores or make a non-toxic cleaning solution yourself. Use ¼ cup of white vinegar, a tablespoon of bicarbonate, and a liter of hot water with squeezed lemon, and it will do the trick. Besides the environment, it’s also good for your health, since you won’t inhale toxic chemicals when cleaning.

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A home-made cleaning solution is a great option

Is moving house in an eco-friendly way enough?

There’s no doubt that by moving house in an eco-friendly way, you’re making a change for the better. However, this can also be a starting point for an even more significant change. Now you have an opportunity to start making good habits in your new home. First, when buying your new house, check if the walls and loft are insulated, as it’s going to reduce your house’s carbon footprint. And of course, it’s going to help you save on energy bills. Next, a home with solar panels fitted is a great option. While these decisions can take a part of your budget initially, in the long run, they will reduce your bills, and ultimately, damage to the environment.

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