Over 35% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, the main greenhouse gas which causes climate change, comes from everyday appliances and activities in your home. Here’re a few tips on how you can make your home more eco-friendly and reduce you and your families carbon footprint.
Triple glazed windows are even more energy-efficient than modern double glazing and can reduce your carbon emissions even further. Three layers of glass mean that the house will stay warmer keeping you and your family warm. This is because any cold spots are completely eliminated and less energy is used in heating which is a huge benefit during the cold British winters. The thickness of three glass panels also enhances security and minimises outdoor noise levels. So whether it is next door’s noisy dog or a busy road outside that always wakes the kids up, triple glazing can help put a stop to it so you and your family can enjoy some uninterrupted sleep.
Although the initial expenses can be quite costly, in the long run it will actually save up to 28% on your energy bills, and with energy prices continuing to soar, the option of triple glazing is becoming increasingly popular for many households.
Companies such as RA Brown Heating Services Ltd have been designing, supplying and installing underfloor heating and ground source heat pumps in Suffolk for over 20 years and thanks to the enormous benefits that underfloor heating can bring to a home and the environment, it has meant that the UK market is growing by 20% per year. Underfloor heating not only brings high comfort levels to the home but also has low running costs. Radiant energy from the floor is absorbed by the other surfaces in a room, which warm up and become secondary radiator emitters. What is more, it has the added benefit that it creates more space in your home, without any bulky radiators obstructing places for furniture, as well as reduces the risk of the kids getting any nasty burns as they play around the house and bump into a radiator.
Loft and wall Insulation
Heat rises and a quarter of your heat is lost through the roof, therefore loft and roof insulation is vital in your home. It is a simple and effective way to become more energy efficient and reduce your heating bills dramatically and can be done without any professional help. Loft insulation is a well worth investment as it is effective for over 40 years and the initial costs are paid for over and over again.
If you have an older home, built around the 1920’s, the external walls are likely to have to layers with a cavity between. If this is the case, it is also well worth investing in wall insulation. Similar to loft and roof insulation, it can reduce your carbon emissions and can also reduce condensation as the interior wall is warmer. Furthermore, it will increase your home’s value for when you sell your home.
Solar panels are a fantastic way of harnessing natural resources to generate energy. In comparison to oil, solar energy is 100% renewable and sustainable and it produces no pollution whatsoever. The power source of the sun is completely free and the technological advances in solar energy systems have made them very cost effective with a life span of 40 years. Previously, a major factor that put people off installing solar panels in to their homes, was due to them being unattractive, but nowadays there are much sleeker systems that lay directly on the roof like regular roofing tiles.