Owning your own eco home is easier than you may think. Utilising the latest technologies, best quality materials and a bit of building know-how anyone can design and build their own eco-home. Even if you don’t have the ability to start from scratch by just implementing a few changes you can make a really big difference, not just to the environment but to your wallet too!
One of the best forms of renewable energy you can use for you home. As a clean, green source of energy it has the ability to reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a much more sustainable future. Not only do solar panels emit no greenhouse gases reducing your impact on the environment, but they also save you money. With fossil fuels becoming increasingly costly due to limited resources, investing in solar power means you can protect yourself against fluctuating utility bills and save yourself significant money. Upwards of £8,000 over 20 years in fact!
Clay roof tiles give homes a distinctive, unique and stunning look. Not only do they make your home aesthetically beautiful they are easily fitted, need minimal maintenance and are some of the longest lasting tiles available on the market with an average lifespan of over 100 years! Not only that but they satisfy all the requirements under the environmentally friendly construction guidelines and they significantly improve the thermal efficiency of buildings meaning that less heat escapes from your home and thus less money is spent on heating. A final advantage of clay roofing tiles is that they are 100% recyclable!
When looking at alternative ways to heat your home, wood burners are a must-have. Log burners are low cost and dependable and can save you up to £250 per year on your energy bills. By using wood that would otherwise be thrown away and taken to landfill you reduce waste by recycling and you have a carbon neutral source of heat for your home!
Another option for heating your home in a low-cost manner is to utilise underfloor heating. When installed and used correctly it can be one of the most efficient ways to warm a room. In fact in some spaces it can be up to 40% more efficient to use underfloor heating over other, more traditional options.
Internorm are industry leaders in the world of window manufacturing. Clean and utterly stylish in presentation yet produced the international standard ENISO 9001:2008 with energy-saving features built-in including thermal insulation for greater efficiency, up to 16%! Internorm are the must-have for all those looking to make their home more environmentally friendly yet retain effortless style.
Possibly the easiest addition to any home when looking to reduce energy usage and save money. By simply being more aware of the energy you are using through your daily activities, from your morning shower to cooking your evening dinner, you can cut down on excess energy usage saving you both money (up to £200 per year!) and reduce your impact on the environment.
Accoya cladding not only has a beautiful appearance but is rot-resistant due to the timber being taken through a process called acetylation. Due to it’s lifespan (of approximately 90 years!) it’s perfect for homes and stands up to almost all applications. Extremely durable and sourced from fast growing, sustainable forests it’s 100% recyclable.
The Smaller Additions
It doesn’t always have to be large-scale changes or additions, by implementing little things like using reclaimed bricks (very on-trend too!), sustainably sourced wood, recycled kitchen units and other furniture and cork flooring you can save money and make your home that touch more green. These options are a great place to start.
So there you have it, some great introductions to new-builds that will transform any house into an environmentally friendly home. If you’re after more environmentally friendly home-building tips take a look at the infographic below, not only does it reiterate some of the environmental benefits of the tips above but it also shows you just how much money you can save from being more environmentally conscious, trust us, it’s probably more than you were expecting!