Here at APT Renovation, we always strive to make your home as energy efficient and eco-friendly as possible. We have taken a look at the best solutions you can take for sustainable living:
Insulate Your Walls
Ideally, you want your home to be warm during the winter, and nice and cool during the summer. The type of insulation you use has a big impact on the overall temperature, and eco-friendly options such as wool and recycled denim allow your walls to breathe, making it far more energy efficient. The government has been encouraging homeowners to go down this route, and introduced a grant (Energy Company Obligation) that can help with the costs.
Insulate Your Windows
If you want to get the best level of insulation from your windows, then you should triple-glaze them. However, this may not be possible in a listed building or a conservation area, so you may want to consider caulking and weatherstripping around the windows to stop air from coming in.
Use Solar Panels
Using solar panels is an incredibly effective way to lower the carbon footprint, and can be used all year round to heat up your water. Once you have paid for the installation of the solar panels, your hot water costs will drop dramatically and the carbon dioxide levels will reduce, thanks to this green, renewable heating system.
Only Choose Sustainable Wood
For your home to be considered truly eco-friendly, the wood that you use must be sourced responsibly and legally. There are many plantations that do all they can to respect and conserve trees and the surrounding wildlife, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find sustainable timber.