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Ingenious Outdoor Space Utilization Tips to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Demand for green buildings is rising sharply. The United States Green Building Council reports that the market for green construction is worth $167 billion. This figure is likely to grow in the future.

Unfortunately, many companies don’t know how to implement green construction practices. One of the most overlooked opportunities to “greenify” their properties is by using outdoor spaces in eco-friendlier ways.

Is your garden or outdoor space used as a place to store things that won’t fit in the house? If you have never been able to decide what to do for the best out the front or back, why not transform this space into somewhere that is environmentally friendly, which can ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change?

If you’re passionate about green living, there are so many things that you can be doing in order to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle. You can even use these practices to make commercial buildings eco-friendlier.

Create a suitable environment for wildlife to thrive

By planting native trees and shrubs, you will help to create habitats for wildlife. Rather than using lots of harsh chemicals to combat pests, you can instead employ natural methods: for slug control, invest in some copper slug rings, or for caterpillars, cover plants with garden fleece. There are a lot of eco-friendly gardening practices worth considering.

Make your own compost

Making homemade compost won’t cost you penny – in fact, it’ll save you money, as you won’t have to go out and buy bags of it from the garden center. Items that you can add to your compost include tea bags, leaves, lawn clippings, hedge trimmings, vegetable peelings and egg boxes.

Grow some of your own food to reduce your carbon footprint

Stocking up on organic produce every week can get very pricey, so why not consider growing your own food in your outdoor space? Companies such as Premier Polytunnels offer high quality polytunnels which are perfect for helping plants and crops to flourish – no matter what size space you have.

Recycle and reuse natural products

If you are looking to put down a patio, build a wall or create a path in your garden, you may be concerned about where the materials have come from. Instead of buying new items, a great way to go green is by picking up some recycled materials instead. Clay pipes, old scaffolding boards and buckets can all be found on the likes of eBay, and will all help to bring character and charm to your outdoor space.

Reduce your electricity use

The amount of electricity you use in your garden can often be quite shocking. If you have any lights or water features in your outdoor space, you can consider installing solar panels to power them, instead of using lots of energy through mains electricity. Another way to reduce electricity use in the garden is by investing in a modern lawnmower. While they are typically driven by electricity or petrol, newer models can be operated manually.

There are many ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. By turning your garden into a more eco-friendly space, you’ll no doubt achieve a great sense of satisfaction.

Your Outdoor Area Can Be Used to Help the Environment

There are a lot of steps that you can take to make your building more environmentally friendly. We usually focus on measures that can be taken within the confines of the building itself. However, it may be worth using your outdoor area to lower your carbon footprint as well.

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