Each day we are becoming more conscious of how our actions impact the environment and contribute to the increase in carbon emissions. The good news is that there are many things we can do to try and lower our carbon footprint, whether it’s choosing to buy locally sourced products, driving our cars less, or taking fewer long-round flights. But there is something we can try to do that is a little closer to home, and that is updating our homes to make them more environmentally friendly.
If you’re in need of some inspiration to make your home more eco-friendly, Viessmann has taken five of the most efficient eco-homes from around the UK for their latest campaign and looked at them in further detail. Here are three ways to make your home eco-friendly.
Use sustainable materials
A number of sustainable materials can be used for the interior and exterior of your home to make it more eco-friendly. Timber and tin are both great for protecting your exterior from the elements, while good green building materials such as oak panel cladding and zinc roofing should also be considered.
When completing your home project in masonry, you could choose reclaimed bricks or select blocks that have high recycled content to reduce your home’s environmental impact.
Ensure good insulation throughout
One simple way to make your home more eco-friendly is to ensure it is insulated well. Natural sheep’s wool is a great material for wall cavities and attics and it’s also moisture resistant.
Another option is to use loose cellulose insulation which is made from recycled newspaper. Not only does it make use of a waste product but it’s a cost-effective way to insulate your floors or attic.
A sedum roof could also be considered to help provide additional insulation. The added bonus of this is that it creates a natural space and encourages wildlife.
Transition to solar energy
Solar panels were considered to be expensive some years ago, however, the price has decreased over the years making it more affordable for UK homeowners to make the transition to solar energy.
It’s worth considering solar panels as they generate clean, emission-free electricity to your home throughout the year, and they also have a long life span of around 25 years so it’s a great investment.
These improvements to your home in order to make it more eco-friendly don’t have to be time-consuming and costly. Simple things like ensuring your windows, doors, and attic are well-sealed can stop heat and cool from escaping. You could also plant trees and shrubs around the house for an easy insulation fix.