We all want to be as eco-friendly as possible and do what we can to help the environment in our small way. One area that can provide a challenge is your home, but the good news is you don’t have to start from scratch or knock down old housing to achieve sustainable living. Finding the obstacles that need to be overcome to make your home as sustainable as possible should be your first point of call, but how can you do this easily and without spending a fortune? Here are some top tips to help you get started towards having a sustainable home.
Efficient Heating & Insulation
Keeping your home at the right temperature but without wasting energy can be a challenge. Whilst good habits such as using the heating less by wearing more layers when cold is easier said than done in the winter months, finding efficient radiators in the UK is a better long-term solution. If you have old radiators and your heating bill is on the rise, they may not be as efficient as they once were. Modern radiators can run at optimum levels and ensure you can quickly heat a room when you need it without having to be on all day. The use of smart thermostats can ensure accurate temperature readings and thermostatic radiator valves will help regulate the amount of water running through your radiators for each room, so you don’t have to heat every room if you are only in one. As well as the radiators, the insulation in your home should be checked so that once you do heat the house, the heat stays within the rooms. If you have a loft, you should check that the insulation is laid properly and not leaving any gaps for heat to escape, replacing old insulation with new where necessary.
Low flush toilets & Lockable Taps
Water usage is another key area to achieve a sustainable home, so any waste will be costly and stop you from achieving this. A common issue is leaking taps or shower heads and you should always ensure after using these are properly turned off. If the tap itself is the problem and won’t completely close, changing these for efficient ones that are easy to turn on and off without effort is best. If you have a garden tap for a hose, you can look to install a lockable cap to prevent them from being turned on accidentally also. A well as water wastage through taps, your toilet flush can be made more energy-efficient too. Low flush toilets are available that use much less water per flush, helping you save money on water bills in the process. If you don’t want to change your toilet completely, you can install a water-saving device into the tank to avoid all the water being used or choose a dual flush system that gives you the option of a normal or low flush.
Energy Efficient Doors & Windows
Whilst heat rises and can escape through the roof if not properly insulated, your doors and windows are also culprits if they have any gaps. Whilst double glazing units help to keep the heat in, you should check they properly shut after opening and leave no gaps in the seals. You can use silicone sealant to plug any gaps around frames and if you find any damage to the window panes, these should be looked at replacing in the long term. With doors, most modern designs create a seal in the door frame that is highly efficient at keeping the heat in, but if you have an older door this may not be the case. You can use draught excluders to help, but if you can feel the air escaping still, you’ll want to look at upgrading to something more energy-efficient instead.
Once you start reviewing your home to make it more sustainable, you may find plenty of areas as well as the above to address. With a little time and effort, and hopefully little cost, you can create a sustainable home to be proud of.