The ‘Work/Life Balance’ has become a much-referenced term when talking about the stresses of work and the ability to relax after-hours. In essence, it relates to creating clear boundaries between the way that the body and mind operate when at work and at home. It’s important to psychologically differentiate between work and leisure in order to relax and recharge. When the work/life balance becomes blurred, there’s a risk of stress and burnout. So, a good work/life balance should be something we all aim for.

Working at home can create particular difficulties in achieving a good work/life balance, for obvious reasons. It can be hard to switch off and ‘mentally’ leave work behind when your home and work are the same place, and it is common for work to creep more and more into your leisure time in this situation. On the other hand, the ‘life’ aspect can just as easily permeate into work time, with the ever-present leisure distractions of the home.

A Liveable Pod Garden Office is the ideal solution for working at home and achieving a positive work/life balance. With a dedicated space purely for work set aside from the house, you can leave everything to do with work behind and keep the home a recreational haven. As well as creating a clear physical boundary between work and life, a Liveable Pod garden office also enables a greater level of productivity due to an absence of distractions found within the house, and its location within the natural greenery of the garden.

Living a greener lifestyle isn’t just about conserving natural resources, it’s also about saving money. Whether you’re renovating your existing home, or building from the ground up, you can create a home that’s more efficient, cost effective and “green.”

1. Insulate against air

In terms of heating and cooling, a well insulated home conserves the most energy by creating an airtight seal, locking out any potential hot or cold air drafts. To properly insulate, replace old windows and doors with more energy efficient options, such as those made by Pella, including triple-pane glass, and add extra insulation to the walls, roof and basement.

2. Make greener living energy-efficient choices

Inefficient appliances can cause a spike in your gas, water and electric usage. For a simple change, choose LED bulbs for all your light fixtures. To conserve even more energy, opt in for high-efficiency upgrades for your larger appliances, like refrigerators, dishwashers and clothes dryers, and install water conserving bathroom fixtures to help cut down your home’s overall water usage.

3. Maximize natural light

When you’re able to rely on natural light for most of the day, the cost of your electric bill decreases. If you’re renovating, think about ways you can incorporate new window openings to increase the amount of natural light your home is currently receiving. If you’re building, think about incorporating an open floor plan with lots of windows to maximize the flow of natural light from room to room.

4. Design for greener living

Instead of buying up into a larger less-energy efficient home, add extra space to your existing home by introducing a Liveable Pod to your yard space or garden. You can enjoy this extra space which is highly insulated and built with energy efficiency in mind and to use it for your own greener living lifestyle.