Simple Ways to Improve your Home’s Eco-Friendly Credentials

As I talked about in my post about ‘Simple Ways to Live a Greener Life‘, I think it’s so important to look for little things we can change in our day to day life to help the environment and decrease our own carbon footprint. I’m not alone, as according to a report by the Green Alliance:-

  • Millions more people than ever before are now investing in loft insulation.
  • Householders are now excited about energy efficient technology more than they ever have been before.
  • 61% of the UK feel we should be taxed more on the way we use energy.
  • 40% of household waste is now recycled.
  • Green goods and services are becoming increasingly popular.

Being environmentally friendly is becoming more and more popular and for so many good reasons. For example: according to statistics from this year, 63% of buyers would like to buy an eco-friendly home and 82% would pay more for a sustainable property so making eco-friendly improvements to your property clearly increases its value.

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If you are looking to make your property more sustainable and environmentally friendly, there are lots of things that you can do such as:-

  • Switching to energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Using recycled or eco-friendly materials to decorate or renovate your home. A great example of an eco-friendly material is cork.
  • Insulating your home as much as possible, you can find out more information about doing that on the Energy Savings Trust website.
  • Having renewable energy sources providing you with at least 50% of your electric and heat. Examples are products like: solar panels, ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers.

With the right knowledge and by using the right companies with expert insights into the industry and products available, you can easily convert your home to become more sustainable.

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Making One Simple Change Can Have A Big Impact On Your Carbon Footprint

One very easy and simple way to make your home more environmentally friendly is with a bifold door. Unfortunately the UK is still not particularly energy efficient compared to other countries across the world, but there are very convenient ways to do your bit, such as investing in an external bifold door. The reason for this is, that being eco-friendly has a lot to do with how we harness natural energy sources, such as sunlight. With bifold doors you can be green and harness the energy of the sun, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your beautiful home.

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Going Green Provides Benefits For You And The Planet

Climate change is the biggest reason anybody can go green. If the planet is to be saved and there is to be a world for generations to come, then everybody has to be on board. The government will keep pushing for change and doing its bit, but ultimately as it stands it is down to the individual household to decide how much they want to support the cause.

When it comes to bifold doors, you’re making a personal gain because you are utilising the sun’s energy which is naturally warming and insulating your home. This in turn should reduce your electricity bills which gives you a financial gain, and you should enjoy less sound pollution so your quality of life improves. Just that one simple change to how you enter and exit your back garden could have a huge impact on your carbon footprint, and could even increase the value of your home. So although going green is great for the conscience, it has much further reaching direct benefits as well.

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What To Do Next

If you would like to begin making simple eco-friendly changes to your home, consider smaller switches such as:-

  • Opting for a glass bifold door instead of a solid door at the back entrance of your home.
  • Choosing eco-friendly paint when you next touch up a room colour scheme.
  • Opting for eco-friendly flooring materials like cork.
  • Recycling everything you can.
  • Getting tech savvy in aid of lowering your carbon footprint by getting a shower flow regulator and apps to control the tech in your home.
  • Creating a suitable habitat for insects and wildlife in your garden.

When it comes to making bigger changes like switching to ground source heat pumps, biomass boilers or solar panels, or getting water collection systems fitted, do make sure you consult an expert or a qualified company. Because this is such a quickly expanding market there are companies who may be reaching out with products and services they aren’t really experienced in selling or fitting. Changing the way your energy is supplied is a big job, so it is important to make sure you are consulting the right companies to make these changes. Lastly, do checkout the latest initiatives from the government for businesses and domestic homeowners. The Green Deal and The Renewable Heat Incentive are great examples ways you could get financial help with making your business or property more eco-friendly.

About The Author

thesparklenest

Mama of two beautiful boys. I’m veggie, vintage loving, a bit of a crafter and a bit of a hippy. I love the countryside and pretty things.

1 COMMENT

  1. Emilie | 19th Oct 17

    Great post, thank you. I hadn’t considered the eco benefits of having bi-fold doors. Such a good idea as they look fab. I’m eyeing up the back of our hose now…

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