Eco Friendly Home Improvements

By making improvements to your home that promote an eco-friendly lifestyle, you are not only benefiting the environment but also potentially saving money. These improvements do not necessarily require drastic changes on your part, yet can still have a noticeably positive effect on your utilities bills – and the environment.

Making your home energy-efficient, particularly your heating system, is the most important part of making a home that does not damage the environment; through use of efficient heating systems and insulation you can dramatically reduce the amount of heat your home loses. This means that not only can you save money – as wasted heat means more expensive bills – it also means that you are reducing the amount of energy-making resources wasted in heating your home.

An excellent way of preventing heat loss from your home is through insulation. Insulating your loft and walls – or adding to the insulation you already have in order to make it more effective – can save you 40% off your heating bill for the year, as well as reducing your CO2 emissions dramatically. Insulating your loft is very simple and some people are even entitled to government grants to help towards the cost, meaning it’s quick, easy and financially practical to save the environment and improve your home.

Buying a new boiler can often make all the difference between an expensive home that damages the environment and an eco-friendly home that’s less heavy on the purse strings. Up to sixty percent of carbon emissions in a home come from the gas boiler, so if yours is old and inefficient, switch to a newer, more energy-efficient model. While there is an initial cost to this method, it does mean that you will save a considerable amount of money – even hundreds of pounds – off your gas bill each year.

It doesn’t need to require lots of effort to make your home more eco-friendly, however; sometimes small changes can make a considerable difference without further measures such as replacing a boiler. Stopping draughts throughout your house, by making sure doors are closed and draught excluders are used, will help to keep your bills – and emissions – lower, and even very small changes such as using energy-efficient lightbulbs can make your home environmentally friendly with a minimum of effort.

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