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Five ways to make your motorhome greener!

In this eco-conscious age, more and more motorhome enthusiasts are looking for ways to make their vehicles green. Growing climate concerns are launching us into action, but many don’t know where to start!

With our five ways to make your motorhome greener, you can embark on scenic journeys and camping trips knowing you’ve done your part for the planet!

1.   Install solar panels

Installing solar panels on your motorhome is a fantastic way to enhance its sustainability. With solar technology, you can reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources and enjoy the freedom of off-grid living.

Before purchasing, consider the three main types of solar panels: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film. Monocrystalline panels are highly efficient and compact, perfect for motorhomes with limited roof space.

Polycrystalline panels, while slightly less efficient, are more affordable and can be a good entry-level option. Thin film panels are lightweight and flexible but are the least efficient and require more roof space​.

You’ll also need to take your power needs into consideration. Calculate the wattage of all the devices and appliances you plan to use and how long they’ll be operational each day.

Making these preparations will help you calculate the total watt-hours required per day. Then, you can select the appropriate size and number of solar panels.

2.   Adopt green driving practices

By green driving practices, we mean operating your vehicle efficiently, planning trips strategically and using technology to reduce your fuel consumption and emissions.

You can do this by investing in a modern navigation system. By considering factors like road profile and anticipated traffic conditions, satnavs can calculate the most fuel-efficient routes for your motorhome trip.

If you’ve yet to invest in a motorhome, why not choose a vehicle known for its environmental efficiency? Hybrids, electrics and biodiesel models emit fewer pollutants and are more fuel efficient than traditional petrol or diesel models.

To ensure fewer repairs and maintenance costs over time, compare insurance quotes for your motorhomebefore setting off. Protecting your home with a suitable insurance policy can help you cover everything from legal expenses to roadside assistance.

The more you save on replacement costs and breakdown cover, the more you’ll be able to invest in green technology! 

3.   Use portable solar generators

Portable solar generators have become a popular option for off-grid living. They’re an excellent alternative to traditional fuel-powered generators, with many offering silent operation, no emissions, and the ability to harness renewable solar energy.

When choosing a portable solar generator, consider the following features:

  • Battery capacity: Lithium-ion batteries are preferred for their lightweight, efficiency, and longer charge retention. Look for generators offering a high number of cycles (usage and recharge cycles) to ensure longevity.
  • Portability: The generator’s weight and dimensions are essential, especially if you need to move it around frequently. Some models come with handles and wheels for easier transportation.​
  • Charging speed and efficiency: Solar generators vary in how quickly they can be recharged. If quick charging is important to you, look for models that offer faster charging capabilities or hybrid charging options, allowing for solar, AC, or DC inputs.

4.   Upgrade to energy-efficient lighting

One of the easiest ways to keep your motorhome’s energy consumption low is to switch your light fixtures to LED.

LED bulbs offer superior longevity, with many top-quality products offering between 20,000 to 50,000 hours of light before depreciation.

Their durability and adaptability offset their higher upfront cost. Motorhome owners can kit out their vehicles with colour-changing LEDs and remote-controlled lights, all while conserving energy!

5.   Enhance motorhome security and efficiency

While the link between security and environmental sustainability might not be obvious, the impacts of theft on resource consumption and waste generation highlight the environmental importance of securing your vehicle.

Using wheel clamps, steering locks, or advanced security systems like alarms, immobilisers, and trackers can make your motorhome a less attractive target for thieves.

This security reduces the need for replacements, which, in turn, involve manufacturing processes that consume resources and energy.