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If you are keen to do some renovations to your humble abode, it might be time to consider more eco-friendly options. All too often, we lunge toward the cheapest, but probably least sustainable, ways of rendering our home, painting our brickwork or powering our utilities. Instead, you need to think outside the box to try and formulate different eco-friendly ways of renovating your home.
While these methods or products may cost more initially, they will future proof your home and save you much more money in the long run. With eco-friendly, green and sustainable being the buzzwords of the day, these concepts are flooding into home renovation projects as well.
Nearly every household is powered by the grid in their local area. You purchase the electricity you use from a utility company and can pay as you go or pay quarterly. An alternative would be to produce your own energy to power your home.
This may sound like something out of a sci-fi future, but living off-grid and powering your own home can be a reality. By going solar and installing panels on the roof of your property, you can use the energy of the sun to provide electricity to your home.
Many governments are using grants to help homeowners go green to sustain their own homes. You can install solar panels and no longer have to purchase electricity from anyone else ever again. You can even sell any excess energy you don’t use back to the electricity company.
It may sound simple, but it is crucial that your home is as insulated as possible. Wall and loft cavity insulation is vital to ensure that you don’t waste energy within the home. If you have your heating on, only for it to be escaping through your attic space during the winter, you will never retain any heat. Insulation will prevent heat from seeping out of your pad.
The same goes for your windows. Any gaps in seals or fascias will see drafts emerge. This means that, during the winter, your heating will be on for longer, costing more money and using more energy
Ensure that your glazing is sound by checking for drafts and gaps. Replace any windows that are no longer fit for purpose and go for an energy-saving double glazing.
The kitchen is now the heart of our home. It is here that you chat with pals over coffee, watch the kids do homework whilst you cook up a feast, and have family meals.
Ensure that you consider how best to make your kitchen more sustainable. Install units made from sustainable materials. Ensure that you are on a water meter to pay for the water you use and nothing more. Fix leaky taps, only put the dishwasher on when it’s full and make sure your white goods are at least A+ for energy efficiency.
Going green and ensuring that our homes are sustainable needn’t be more expensive. You can save money and do your bit for the environment when creating an eco-conscious home.