Living a sustainable, green lifestyle has many benefits. As well as helping to preserve the environment for future generations, converting eco friendly homes will make for a more comfortable existence both literally and financially, with better insulation keeping you cosy while making significant savings on your energy costs. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Here are some small and simple steps that everyone can take in order to help reduce waste, save energy and live more sustainably.
Reduce your water consumption
- Water saving devices are often available free from water companies and can reduce the volume of water used when flushing the toilet or running the tap.
- Water butts allow you to save rainwater to use in the garden.
- To save significant volumes of water, we also need to change our habits: if you’re serious about converting to an eco friendly home you should avoid running the tap whilst brushing your teeth or washing up, never run the washing machine with less than a full load, and have (short) showers instead of baths.
Insulate the loft
- You may be eligible for free insulation – or if not, it’s a job that can be done yourself rather than paying a professional.
- It’s also worth checking that heat isn’t being lost up the chimney; special draught excluders can help you stop this from happening.
Tackle draughty windows, doors and conservatories
If you have a draughty house, you’ll need to think about the heat escaping from your windows, doors and conservatory and take steps to reduce heat loss.
- Double glazing is vital in all eco friendly homes, and according to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing single glazed panes with the most energy efficient windows could save you up to £160 on heating costs.
- You could also invest in thick curtains that can help to prevent heat from being lost through the window.
- Curtains and draught excluders can also make your doors more energy efficient.
- If you have a conservatory, consider using blinds to conserve heat in winter and reflect it away in the warmer months.
Converting to eco friendly homes goes hand in hand with reconnecting with the natural world. If you have the space and time, growing your own fruit and vegetables is the perfect way to achieve this while reducing food miles down to zero. If you can’t grow your own, make a concerted effort to reduce food waste by using up leftovers and composting what you can’t use.
Consider renewable energy sources
In any conversation about eco-friendliness, the topic of renewable energy is likely to crop up. Solar panels, wind turbines and biomass are just some of the ways in which you could generate your own electricity or heat. Find out more on the Energy Saving Trust website.
And there you have it: some simple tips to help us begin converting to eco friendly homes. If you are looking for more information on double glazed windows, energy efficient doors or conservatories, we’ll be happy to advise you. Just call us free on 0800 132 510.