A Guide to Running an Eco-Friendlier Home

Becoming more environmentally friendly is far more of a necessity these days than it ever has been in the past and as such, you may well feel as if it’s your responsibility to reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible.

With this in mind, continue reading to discover a comprehensive guide to how you can run an eco-friendlier home.

Upgrade the Loft Insulation

A staggering amount of hot air and indeed, energy (which you’re paying for), is lost through damaged, old, and dilapidated insulation in the loft, so you should hire a professional to take a look at the quality of your own insulation throughout your property.

Alternatively, if you’re intending on surveying the entire insulation of your property yourself, make sure you’re on the lookout for draughts, even the slightest breeze, consider the age of the house,and also find out the last time that the insulation was replaced.

Don’t Forget the Garden!

Often, dedicated and conscientious homeowners who are doing everything they can inside the home to become more environmentally friendly, often forget about the backyard and garden.

From looking into building fences with Westech materials that are sustainably sourced and manufactured, to ensuring that you cultivate compost in the corner of the yard from waste food, there are so many ways to have a beautiful and eco-friendly garden and backyard.

Only Ever Use Low VOC Paint

From now on, as you’re admirably dedicated to becoming much more environmentally friendly, the next time you’re looking to redecorate one or more rooms within your property, pay attention to the type of paint you buy.

Make sure you only ever use paint that contains much fewer VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are not only potentially harmful to the natural world and environment, but also your and your family’s health.

This is even more of a pertinent thing to remember if you’re getting ready to paint the nursery for the arrival of a new baby, or else you’re planning on redesigning your childrens’ rooms.

Invest in Double Glazing

Just as an incredibly high amount of heat is lost through the loft, if your property isn’t adequately insulated, the same is true with older windows, especially if they’re only single glazed.

Upgrading your doors and windows to double glazing will mean unwanted noises and distractions from outside are muted, far less energy will be lost in these areas which will serve to reduce your energy bills, and you will be contributing to a healthier environment and atmosphere.

Think About Renewable Energy Systems

For the future, moving forward, if more people get onboard with renewable energy systems as a viable and eco-friendly alternative to conventional and harmful energy sources, this will make a real difference to the projected outlook of the Earth.

There are basically four separate forms of renewable energy sources, which include air source heat pumps, biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar panels, with the latter still being just as effective in cooler climates as in areas with almost-constant bright sunshine.