Slash your Home’s Carbon Footprint
Every home can be improved when it comes to energy efficiency – it’s just that simple. Even new builds with state of the art insulation generally have a long way to go before they can even claim touch on being close to carbon neutral.
The great thing about energy efficiency is that even though it does tend to cost money, it saves money spent on different form of energy too. So, even when we spend money on more efficient boilers, underground geo thermal pumps, or just energy saving light bulbs – we’re essentially making an investment and seeing a return on our money.
Fortunately there are a variety of ways we can easily improve the efficiency of our home and we’ve compiled them here if you wish to take a look. Here are 5 ways to easily slash your home’s carbon footprint:
Your home is filled with warm air, however the nature of warm air, it’s going to try and escape out towards the cold. Meaning you’re losing heat and going to end up having to pay more for your bills as it’s costing you money to heat the home. Eradicating areas where there are drafts can help greatly. From door stoppers for cracks below doors, to silicone around gaps in walls where inlet pipes are present – there are any number of ways to cut down warm air escaping from your home.
Your home may have insulation, but does it have enough of it and is it everywhere it should be. Depending on the age of your home, insulation may have been quite loosely installed. Adding insulation to areas such as the roof and other often overlooked parts of the home will help keep heat in and cold out, saving your money and the environment from greenhouse gases.
Yes, you probably have a boiler and it probably works just fine. However, how efficient is it? Older boilers tend to be very inefficient when compared to newer models. Now, don’t let the falling cost of oil fool you either – the price of fossil fuels is certain to rise again and subsequently so will the cost of your heating bills. Websites such as Greendealeco.org show people the sort of grants and help they are entitled to under the green deal. This can mean you receive a large chunk off the price of a new boiler or cavity wall insulation and save energy too. It’s well worth taking a look.
Windows are one of the leading areas for loss of heat in the home. This is especially the case if the windows are single glazed. Even double glazed windows tend to lose a level the heat and warmth you’re paying for. The answer, invest in triple glazing for sure, but in addition, close your blinds and curtains and prevent the heat getting even as far as the glass and irking its way out.
An extreme measure some may think, however one that will certainly pay off with time. Geo thermal heating is a fantastic way to cut down on heating costs as you’re essentially harnessing the natural temperature of the earth and using it to heat your own home. It’s a quite technologically simple system – essentially similar to the way a fridge works but in reverse. It’s well worth looking into if you wish to produce free heat now and for the future. True self sustainability.
These are just some of the great ways that you can save money on electricity and power and cut costs as well as your carbon footprint.
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