In this day and age, the desire for more eco-friendly homes have certainly been increasing. From fantastic creations on shows like Grand Designs, and increased news coverage on the subject, we are all becoming more environmentally conscious. With this, has come the rise in people making their homes eco-friendlier.
It is a process that may sound expensive, but doesn’t always have to be that way. Here are seven ways provided by empty property experts’ propertytoinsure.co.uk that you can help to make your home more eco-friendly, improving your impact on the environment, and maybe even inspiring those around you to follow suit.
1. Underfloor Heating
Radiators are often considered unattractive in general, but they are also very energy inefficient. Underfloor heating saves space, but also keeps your home warm without any leakage. While these are generally associated with new builds, they can easily be installed in existing homes too.
2. Insulate the Loft
Many people forget or don’t realise how much heat they lose through the loft every year. By insulating your loft, you could not only save a lot of money on your heating bill each year, but you could also reduce your impact on the environment. It’s not expensive to do and is completely worth it.
3. Solar Panels
Installing these in your home can help reduce your energy consumption via the National Grid (or even eradicate it) but also save you a great deal of money on your energy bills. They are easy to install and don’t make much time, but they do cost a bit to purchase. However, one of the other benefits is that you can sell the excess energy back to the grid.
4. Get Double Glazing
Replace your regular windows with ones that are double glazed. This helps to trap heat and energy in your home, saving you money on your bills as well as lessening the effect your energy consumption has on the environment. Salesmen may have given it a bad reputation in the past, but it is certainly worth it.
5. Lower the Thermostat
Check the temperature of your hot water and lower your thermostat (especially in the summer and early autumn). So many people do not realise they have their hot water at a high temperature, and often they choose to turn the heat up instead of wear an extra layer. These little things can end up saving you £100 a year on your bills.
6. Get a Better Kettle
When you fill the kettle up to make a cup of tea, you might not realise how much electricity it uses every time – especially if you are partial to several cups. You can, however, buy an eco-friendly kettle. It uses a lot less energy and is great for the environment.
7. Block Draughts
Draughts can come from the chimney, doors, and windows. Where there is a draught, block is as quickly as possible as they let out heat at rapid rates. When blocked, you will find your home is warmer and far more energy efficient as you won’t need to use as much.
By following these seven helpful tips, your house will be more friendly towards the environment in no time at all. Making the change has never been easier than it is now.