When you think environmentally friendly home, do you think expense? It doesn’t have to be so. There are many ways one can start to make one’s home environmentally friendly, while actually saving money.
In the UK, the government, through local authorities, offers a plethora of grants to help homeowners reduce their energy use via better home insulation and state of the art energy efficient heating systems. But there are so many other ways householders can reduce their carbon footprint bit by bit, and save at the same time.
Energy Efficient Lighting:
Lighting is an obvious one. Each time a bulb blows, replace it with an energy efficient LED unit. Slightly more expensive I agree, but if you can afford to replace all your household bulbs in one go, especially if your house is lit up like a Christmas tree at night, the extra cost should soon be recouped in cheaper energy bills.
At least Install Room Thermostats:
Don’t just rely on your central heating boiler thermostat. Fitting programmable radiator thermostats can regulate the temperature in each individual room. Why have your bedrooms at the same temperature as your living room, when they are empty for 15 hours a day? Fitting room thermostats can again help reduce your energy consumption, save you money, and reduce your carbon footprint.
Old Kitchens for New:
In most homes the kitchen is probably the room most likely to get the first make-over. If you’re considering having your old fitted units ripped out and replaced with new, think again. There are many kitchen fitting companies who specialise in keeping your old kitchen carcasses, and just replacing those tired old cupboard doors, drawer fronts, and worktops with new composite accessories. Even if your new plan differs from the old layout, the carcasses can be removed and replaced in different positions – a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to scrapping and replacing with everything new.
A Big Market for Salvaged Materials:
Demolition companies spend as much time salvaging old building materials as they do knocking the buildings down. Everything from cleaned house-bricks to roofing and flooring joists, old fireplaces to doors and windows are available should you decide to add a garage, or expand your living space rather than move house.
Eco Friendly Products:
Many decorating materials and furniture accessories are treated with what are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and slowly leach these chemicals back into the environment, for you to breathe in and out in the comfort of your own home. Look for paints, paint-strippers, lacquers, carpets, curtains, and other materials which contain no VOCs.
Starting to change things at home little by little by using more environmentally friendly products, you will be surprised just how quickly you can start to boast to friends that your house really is an environmentally friendly home.