I started this journey with several objectives to make my home uber efficient, to save money on bills and to be more conscious as a family of ways and methods to help the environment. It has been an eye opener and an enjoyable journey.
It’s the little things, ironically that have made the difference. Like having enough storage containers to enable my batch cooking to continue at full throttle.
Turning off the tap when brushing our teeth to save water. I can’t believe how much water is wasted just by brushing your teeth for two minutes with the tap running, that soon stopped.
Only using lights when needed, with the added factor of having LED’s, has led to peace of mind and smaller bills.
OOH! the curtains have meant that I haven’t had the gas fire on in the living room since December believe me this is a great achievement; my house has never felt homelier. Additionally, by having the walls coated on the exterior with secoflex I have been able to retain some of the heat, as it improves the thermal resistance of the house’s brickwork and masonry by keeping it completely dry. oh, and has given the house a lovely new paint job.
When out shopping, each product I buy I’m already thinking about packaging and what recycling bin it will need to be sorted into for each of the packaging’s component parts, to ensure that it is recycled properly… I make myself chuckle sometimes as I’m going through my thought process.
I have also looked at ways that I can live more of a healthy lifestyle by what I consume. I’ve always considered myself to have a healthy diet, but things can always be improved right! So, in the spirit of “the right amount is best” I have been making my own nut milk. Instead of buying cow’s milk, which would only really get drunk with coffee or if Diontai wanted a glass…. As I think I may be slightly lactose intolerant and have never been able to stand cow’s milk, we’d end up throwing milk away as a 1litre bottle was never fully finished. So, in a bid to get more nutrients into my body I’ve turned to nut milk, homemade almond milk.
It’s simple enough to make
- Almonds soaked over night
- Rinsed, then blended with fresh water
- Once blended strain through a muslin
- Add the liquid back in the blender and mix with Vanilla
I use this Milk for my morning Matcha green tea latte. Mmmmmm!
All in all, it’s been a positive experience and one that will definitely carry on in the Simpson household.
Next stop, sorting the garden.