Household bills are increasing and becoming a concern for many of us. In addition to this, the choices we make as homeowners significantly affect the environment. If we were to make our homes more sustainable, we could lower the cost of utility bills and help protect the planet. We’ve put together these top tips to help you create a more sustainable home.
Make Relevant Improvements
The first step is to reevaluate your home and make it as energy efficient as possible. Start with improving the insulation and updating your windows. Upgrading your insulation is one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s sustainability. By making sure that each room is insulated properly, you can minimise the amount of heat that is lost through your walls, windows and floors, saving you a fortune in energy costs.
Check that you have cavity or solid wall insulation and if your property has a loft make sure this is insulated too. When it comes to home renovations, ensure all your windows are double glazed to help prevent heat from escaping through the window frame.
Investing in used goods instead of brand new helps to reduce waste. Better still, it could save you a small fortune as second-hand items are often much cheaper. When making purchases for your home in the future, try searching for preloved things. You can use online platforms like Facebook Marketplace or eBay to buy second-hand products.
Think about selling some of your household items too, this will free up space in your home and give someone else the chance to buy second-hand too. Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or looking for a new sofa, appliances, worktops, and furniture can all be bought on second-hand sites in an effort to recycle things instead of buying new. You could even make your own or upcycle existing things around your home.
Support Local Business
Next time you go shopping, think about going local. You can support smaller businesses in your area by shopping locally produced and sourced items. Head to the farmer’s market to buy fresh produce instead of going to the grocery store. Eating organically farmed food is not just better for you and your family to consume but is better for the environment too.
This will not only give you a well-being boost, but you’ll be supporting your local community too. Travelling locally can also help to reduce emissions as there’s no need to make long trips to the supermarket. You could walk to the local market or town to buy what you need.
Consider Renewable Energy Systems
If you’re able to make more costly changes to your home, you could consider installing renewable energy systems. Using systems that generate energy from natural resources like the sun or water will have a huge impact on your home when it comes to making it more sustainable. Many people choose to install solar panels or air source heat pumps. Nowadays, many renewable systems offer payment plans and some installations can even be backed by the government so it’s worth checking out what’s on offer.
Check out eco-buildings and property developments for some ideas. Property companies like RWinvest install rainwater harvesting systems in their buildings to collect rainwater which is then filtered and reused to flush toilets, in washing machines and for watering outdoor spaces.
Now you have some ideas to start making your home more sustainable. If funds are limited, start with the small, inexpensive changes, and with the money you save along the way in reducing energy bills and buying second-hand, you can use it to install more costly changes in the future.