Going green; finishing your eco-friendly building project

These days, when people want to give their home a facelift, they think about the eco-friendly potential of it all. There are opportunities to make a few small – or even major – changes to your home that can help you to do your bit to save the environment. With so much damage being done every day, every little helps.

Why go green?

There are a number of reasons why it is a good idea to take a more environmentally friendly approach to your renovations. By taking measures to cut back on the amount of energy a home uses, you are actually going to be saving money in the long term because you should be able to see reductions in your utility bills as a result. For example, simply switching to energy saving light bulbs will see your electricity bill come down each year, and this is just a simple change that takes no time at all to achieve. All of this is in addition to helping to protect the environment.

What changes can you make?

When renovating your home, one of the main things that you need to consider is heat. If you have old-fashioned hot water tanks in your home, consider switching to a tankless system. This means that when you heat water, you are only heating the water that you need. Radiators with thermostatic controls are better because you can control the heat in each individual room.

You can also stop heat escaping from your home by making sure that you have in place a good amount of loft insulation. This prevents heat escaping through the roof, and it is very easy to do yourself in a couple of hours. It is not expensive either.

However, it should also be noted that the windows on a property have the potential to lose you money by sending your energy bills sky high. Old windows are inefficient – they let heat escape and they let more noise in. If you have the budget, it is a good idea to change these for more energy efficient models. However, do not despair if your budget will not stretch to new windows as there are a few things that you can do to make them more energy efficient.

You can prevent heat escaping with the addition of wooden window shutters. These can be installed on the inside of the windows and can be closed over to stop heat escaping. Window shutters have a number of benefits apart from their insulating properties. They also look great and are an easy way to give a room a facelift. They are easy to install and will last for a number of years. You can even paint them to match the color scheme in the rest of the room.

Making some eco-friendly changes to your home is not a massive task, and no matter what your budget is, there is always something you can try to make your home a little greener.

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