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Sustainable Idea for Your Next Home Renovation

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As a homeowner, it’s only natural that you constantly want to upgrade your home.

Investing in the time and money that comes with owning a house is a long-term project that you take pride in, and seek to evolve more as you grow older.

Over time, little problems grow bigger and furnishing styles become out of date. Changes will always need to happen, however, they can be sustainable. Make your house a little greener with these sustainable renovation ideas:

Solar Panelling

Energy solutions are getting expensive. While solar paneling may seem like an investment, it’s one that will save you money in the long run.

Whether you are looking to generate energy for electricity or heating, solar panel energy is one of the fast evolving technologies on the sustainable market. The number of solar panels that you need for your household is dependent on the number of people in your home, how much energy you use and the power of the panels you select.

The panels are low maintenance and come with technologies that allow you to store excess energy that you don’t use. This investment is a cost-effective improvement that will power your house into the future.

Renewable Heating Ideas

As the weather extremes worsen and heating costs soar, there is no time like the present to seek out renewable and sustainable heating solutions.

Insulation should cover every part of your house, from the roof to your walls and floor! Any gaps left during this process could see your energy bills soaring and even creating further costs as moisture gets through. Whether you choose spray foam or covers, reviewing insulation regularly will help you to save some money come winter.

Who knew you could help save the planet while keeping your house warm?

Heat can be generated from the ground, and now there is an affordable way to generate that into your home.

Renewable, low in carbon, and very eco-friendly; ground source heat pumps are ideal for homeowners with a lot of land.

Pipes are laid in loops underground to extract heat from beneath the surface and generate it into energy to heat your home from the ground up. Once the pipes are down, the soil that covers it will still be able to grow into your vegetable patch or grass, so you’ll never have to think about it!

Reusing Materials

As a society, there is an urgent need to acquire new things, particularly when it comes to home renovations. However, materials, be it bricks, wood, stone or soil, are waiting to be reclaimed.

For your next home renovation, get creative with how you source the materials, you’ll be surprised by how much money you save. Re-used materials are a great addition to older homes, ensuring that you are creating a fitting look with the style that age already achieves.

However, you shouldn’t rule out re-used materials with new homes too. Creating a country home feel or industrial look is effortless with resourced materials.

When finding materials to reclaim, remember that no matter where you find your goods, you will have to get permission before you take them – even if they appear to be abandoned.

Get creative, resourceful and sustainable with your home improvements. From solar energy to innovative heating installments, you’ll soon reap the benefits of these eco-conscious housing solutions.

Small Changes to Help Cut Your Carbon Emissions

wind farm producing low carbon energyOne of the things that I’m really conscious of is the carbon footprint of our household. Because we live so remotely, I have to drive everywhere, and I do feel guilty about the amout of carbon emissions I’m putting out on a daily basis. As much as I’d love an electric car, it’s just not in our budget to invest in one, so I have to think about other small things I can do to reduce our output as much as possible. Here are a few ideas, if you want to do the same:

Stop Driving Everywhere

Okay, so I know I literally just said that I drive a lot, but I have no choice when it comes to the school run. However, when it’s not absolutely necessary to drive, I do try other forms of transport, such as getting a bus or train. I’ve been thinking about investing in one of the fab adult tricycles from Jorvik to help me get around on days when I want to leave the car at home.

Turn Things Off

Although we’re making strides in wind-powered electricity (I can actually see a coastal wind farm from my house!), most of the UK’s energy is produced from coal. That means that every time you switch off a light or turn an appliance off at the switch when it’s not in use, you’re reducing your carbon footprint at home.

Buy Second Hand

There are SO many things that we would benefit from buying second hand, rather than from new every time. Items of furniture, for instance, don’t always have to be brand new and a cursory search on Facebook Marketplace often comes up with an almost-new version of what you want. This is a doubly good thing to do as it both reduces the amount of production in factories, and also stops rubbish from ending up in landfill.

Buy Sustainable

One of the biggest culprits in contribution to carbon emissions is cheap clothing production. Things are made cheaply and get thrown away, ending up in landfill and polluting the oceans. Buy your clothes from places which invest in sustainable production or even try to buy from charity shops if you’re able.

Plant a Garden

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, planting some greens is a quick and easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. We all know plants absorb carbon dioxide – a beneficial relationship for humans, that we should all be seeking to nurture. Plant some bee-friendly flowers, a few trees, or a vegetable garden. Balcony gardens are great for urban dwellings. This will reduce the “farm to fork” transport needs, AND you’ll know exactly whats in your food.

Bonus: Share a Car Service

If you only travel on high days and holidays and know someone else who does the same, why not share a car service? It will save you money to hare the cost and will reduce the carbon emissions of your journey by half, just by sharing it with one other person. Add more people and your emissions will be even lower!

50 Shades Of Green

Okay, perhaps there aren’t fifty, but there are quite a few ways you can go green without even trying. If you do, you can save money for your family, make life easier and help the planet. How cool is that? It is something that all parents should be thinking about this year, so what are the options?

Upgrading Tech

If you upgrade your business tech, you will almost automatically be saving a lot of energy. New tech is almost always eco-efficient. So, if you purchase a new laptop this year, you can bet it will save you an absolute fortune in the long run. It’s worth upgrading all the tech in your home every few years. You’ll cut down your energy usage as well as your home cost.

Look For A Renewable Supply

You need to think about looking for an energy supply company that offers renewable resources. There are plenty available, and all you need to do is check out this possibility. You might find that the rates are cheaper, so again, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Switching isn’t hard either, and the new company will typically set this up for you making the switch pain free.

Recycle It All

You should be recycling everything that you no longer use. This includes things like newspapers to electronics. When you do upgrade your tech, think about recycling it straight away. You can easily do this with things like mobile phones and tablets. Find out how in the infographic below and take one more step towards green living.


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Pressure off your purse strings: 8 ways to save annually on your energy bills

save money on energy billsLooking for ways to trim the fat on your energy bills so you can save yourself a chunk of dosh? Here are eight ideas to cut your annual energy costs by up to £185, so you can live just that little bit extra.

Play the field

No, not dating – but scouting out a cracking deal to take the pressure off your purse strings.

Despite the totally exotic ‘summer’ this year (the amount of rain that fell in July this year should have been illegal), you should still be checking out all the comparison sites out there. With the sheer amount of help out there, never has there been a better time to surf the net and strike the best deal for Houston electricity. By the way, since you are here reading about how to save your money on electricity bills, you may as well consider installing solar energy panels on your roof.

That has proven to be an excellent way to save money on the long term. Nowadays, there are even courses on how to build your own home energy system and save even more money on installation

Embrace the savvy smart meter

The smart meter – dubbed the next generation of energy meter – is a replacement of existing measures that automatically sends energy readings to your energy supplier and gives you real-time feedback on your energy usage and what it is costing.

A government-backed scheme to introduce the eco friendly tool into 50 million buildings across the nation by 2020 is currently being rolled out. With the ability to accurately measure energy usage, the average household will save between £20 and £30 a year by using the eco-friendly tool; meaning no surprise bills (and less budget headaches).

Add a new layer

Ever wondered how much warm air is escaping your home? Whether through gaps between internal and external walls or through your roof, it can be causing a huge amount of wastage. You can save more than £100 per year by filling such gaps and rafters with mineral wool or foam.

Don’t leave appliances on standby

The age-old slice of wisdom has been bounced around time and time again. But it is true. You can save around £30 a year by remembering to take your sea of appliances out of standby mode. Be careful, though: a number of satellite and digital TV recorders often need to be left plugged in when taping your favourite programmes (we don’t want you to miss your double dose of Corrie).

Banish draughts

Old houses tend to lose a lot of heat through draughts around windows, doors, chimneys and floors. So keep the heat in by draught-proofing your home, block cracks in your floors and skirting boards and buy draught excluders to sit snug against doors, saving yourself up to £35 a year.

Get onboard with energy efficient appliances

You may have heard of energy efficient lightbulbs, but what about an energy efficient kettle? Or tumble dryer? There is quite a range of products now available with an A+++ rating, using less energy than standard models, in a manner of different ways.

Switch to direct debits

Save yourself up to £90 a year on your energy bill. How? Switch to fixed monthly direct debit payments. According to moneysavingexpert.com, it’s usually 6% cheaper than any other way of paying. Paying a fixed estimate each month not only makes it easier to budget, it spreads the cost out throughout the year (goodbye hideous winter bill).

Treat yourself to a new boiler

A brand spanking new boiler, replacing an old G-rated gas boiler and built to be energy efficient, can save you an astonishing £340 a year. It isn’t a cheap investment by any means (a new condensing model with a programmer can cost up to £2,500) but in the long run, it can save you a fortune.