It is no secret that the world is ‘going green’. Environmental considerations are becoming increasingly important in decision making across the world – and in light of the green revolution, many homeowners are considering the benefits of eco home solutions.
Eco home solutions can give you an excellent way to save money on utilities, all while protecting the environment at the same time. So, how does this work? What are some examples of eco home solutions – and how can they help you to save money? Read on for the answer to these questions.
Examples of Eco Home Solutions
If you are struggling for ideas about ‘eco home solutions’ to introduce to your property, we have listed a few examples below. These include:
- Natural light
- Solar panels
- Double or triple glazing
- LED light bulbs
Solar panels are slightly more expensive to install than the other three options, but are certainly an option for homeowners at the high-end of the market.
Meanwhile, LED light bulbs can make your house more energy efficient, and double or triple glazing can keep your house better insulated, which therefore reduces the need for heating.
Finally, natural light can save you from having to turn on lights during the day, which is once again better for the environment.
Besides the list above, some other eco home solutions include installing energy efficient appliances, buying a ‘smart’ thermostat, and low-flow showerheads.
What is an energy efficient home?
An energy efficient home is one which avoids any unnecessary energy consumption. It also limits its use of non-renewable resources and greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficient homes are better for the environment and reduce one’s personal carbon footprint. There can also be some financial benefits to an energy efficient home – which we have outlined further below in this blog.
Should I invest in an energy efficient home?
The decision to invest in an energy efficient home is often led by both financial and emotional incentives. However, as well as caring about the environment, there can be other benefits of investing in an energy efficient home, including (when executed correctly):
- Improved air quality
- Reduced maintenance (for items such as boilers)
- More attractive interior design
- ‘Feel-good factor’
In addition to the first three bullet points, many people also report that it simply ‘feels good’ to live in an energy efficient home, because you know that you are doing your bit to protect the environment.
There are many financial factors to consider when deciding whether to invest in an energy efficient home. By clicking on this link, you read our webpage about whether an energy efficient home will actually sell for more.
How to Save Money on Utilities with Eco Home Solutions
There are multiple financial benefits to installing eco home solutions.
Your electricity bill can be reduced by redesigning your property to make use of natural lighting. This is because you will have less need to turn on lights during the day, and therefore bring down your electricity consumption.
An eco home solution such as double or triple glazing can also reduce your heating bill, because your home is warmer, thus reducing the amount of time you spend with the heating turned on.
You can use eco home solutions to reduce your water bill. For example, if you collect rainwater by placing barrels next to your gutter, this water can be re-used for activities such as washing your car, composting or toilet flushing. Natural rainwater is perfectly adequate for these purposes – and can reduce your water bill in the process.
How can I better insulate my home?
When you improve the insulation in your property, it will reduce your need to turn on the central heating. This scenario is not only better for the environment, but it also reduces your utilities bill.
The best places to add extra insulation are the walls and roof, chimney, doors, windows and floors. Some things you can purchase to insulate these things include:
- Double or triple glazing
- Draught-proofing strips
- Chimney balloon
- Foam insulation for your floors
- Cavity walls
There will undoubtedly be experts in your area at implementing these items – or, if you have experience doing so in the past, or feel confident, you can purchase the necessary items and implement them yourself.
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